Opening Days

Welcome to Opening Days, Willamette’s student orientation program!

Opening Days dates have changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we look forward to seeing you August 19-23! We will communicate with you directly if there are any further changes.

Opening Days is so much more than your typical incoming student orientation. One hundred percent student-run, the program is planned carefully each year by current Willamette students who, just a few years back, were incoming students themselves. This year’s Opening Days Coordinator (that’s me!) and Lead Team are working hard to design the program we believe will give the Class of 2024 the best possible introduction to the Willamette community.

Everything we do during Opening Days is for the purpose of providing incoming students the tools and resources they may need throughout their first semester at Willamette. The Opening Days Leaders are all excited to share their knowledge and experience, as well as serve as mentors, resources, and friends even after Opening Days comes to an end. Although five days seems very overwhelming, we cannot fit all of the information you may need in just Opening Days. Luckily, your leaders will always be around as a resource to you even as the fall semester of college officially begins.

On behalf of the 2020 Opening Days community, we all wish you a marvelous year. We are so excited to welcome you to a new and exciting stage of your life in August! Mark your calendars, because you already know we have!

Your 2020 Opening Days Coordinator and Lead Team,

Isabella Lamb, ‘22, Gigi Hewitt ‘22, Jack Hanscom ‘22, and Alia Mahmood ‘22

About the Opening Days program

A student-run, five-day program of activities which not only challenges students both academically and socially but also gives parents the opportunity to learn more about the university and the transition their child will be making.

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Opening Days Leaders

Assist new students during Opening Days, as well as being responsible for facilitating all the events and programs that occur during Opening Days. Every leader is a member of one of the OD committees, each responsible for planning different events.

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Opening Days Check-in

On Aug. 18 or 19, all new students and their families need to pick up an Opening Days packet. This packet will include a complete schedule for Opening Days with locations of events and additional information.

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