The Opening Days program strives to provide incoming students with a direct reflection of the Willamette community as a whole.

Willamette students are given leadership positions and the opportunity to develop and run Opening Days, with the support of Willamette staff. The program offers an introduction to various aspects of campus life for first year, transfer, and international students, to ensure that everyone has the knowledge and confidence to succeed at Willamette.

Fully welcoming and acclimating incoming students to our community includes introducing them to the academics and resources on campus. During Opening Days, first-year students will begin with College Colloquium, an introductory seminar course designed to guide them through their academic transition to Willamette. The connections made in colloquium continue outside of the classroom-with their fellow classmates also in the same OD group and their colloquium professor acting as their first-year advisor.

Beyond academics, Opening Days aims to introduce the many other resources Willamette has to offer. These include Bishop Wellness Center, Academic Support, Career Services, Library and Technology resources, and many more.

We are thrilled to welcome family and friends into the Willamette community as well! We hope to answer any questions and make this transition as comfortable as possible. Thursday and Friday will be busy days with settling in, activities, and lots of information, but it is our goal to make it as stress-free as we can!