Opening Days

Transfer and Non-Traditional Students

Opening Days is important and fun for all new Willamette students. Most of the scheduled activities are relevant to everyone, including traditional, transfer and nontraditional students. Additionally, we provide programming which is tailored specifically for transfer and nontraditional students.

We recognize that the needs of transfer and non-traditional first-year students are often different than those of traditional first-year students.

We've customized the group activities and leader training to suit the needs of students who've already been to college! All transfer students have the opportunity to join a traditional Opening Days group and participate in all activities presented during the Opening Days program.  Transfer students living on campus and non-traditionally aged first-year students are encouraged to be an active member of their transfer-specific Opening Days group. Transfer students who are living off-campus as well as volleyball, soccer, and football student athletes are encouraged to participate in the Speed Orientation program instead.

Here are some useful links:

Speed Orientation Program (pdf)

Download 2015 Schedule

The program includes a campus resources fair, academic advising, technology and general education overviews, and opportunities to meet with current Willamette students. These services are also included in the longer orientation program but, this abbreviated option is tailored for those transfer students living off-campus and/or playing volleyball, soccer, or football you will participate in the one day program on Monday, August 24.

Also offered: a hike at Silver Falls on Sunday, August 23.