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Freshman Orientation

Orientation Dates: Saturday, August 24 - Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Family Program: Saturday, August 24

Welcome to Edgewood College!

This year's Orientation staff looks forward to meeting you on August 24th. All new freshmen and transfer freshmen taking COR 1 are required to attend the New Student Orientation Program from Saturday, August 24 through Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Please make your arrangements now. Detailed information will be e-mailed to all new students in July.

The residence halls will be open for move in beginning at 8:30am on Saturday and Orientation Registration will be open at 10:00am. Commuter Students can begin registering for Orientation at 10:00am. Please plan to attend all four days of Orientation.


  1. Is Orientation required for all students?
  2. Will I be with my parent/guardian/family member(s) during Orientation?
  3. What do I need to bring to Orientation?
  4. Do I have to stay on campus overnight for Orientation?
  5. Who do I contact for more information?
  6. What if I am a transfer or post bac student?

1. Is Orientation and Registration required for all students?

Yes, all entering first-year students (including transfer freshmen enrolled in COR 1) are required to attend all four days of Orientation, Saturday, August 24 – Tuesday, August 27. During Orientation, students will be made aware of resources on campus, attend their first COR 1 class, have a chance to ask questions they might have about Edgewood College and become better acquainted with the Edgewood College community. Students will be expected to attend.

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2. Will I be with my parents/guardian/family member(s) during Orientation?

While there are times throughout the first day of freshmen orientation for students to get together with their parents and family, there are times when the programs are specific to either the parents/guardians or the students and we do keep them separate. It works best when students and parents and families follow their respective schedules. Family orientation concludes at 4:45pm on Saturday, August 24th.

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3. What do I need to bring to Orientation?

Be sure to bring the following:

  • Residents: your belongings for the academic year
  • Casual clothes and comfortable shoes
  • Lightweight jacket
  • Pens, pencils, notebook
  • Spending money for the Edgewood College Bookstore, snacks, etc.
  • Commuter Students: Personal items if you are staying overnight, including sleeping bag, pillow, shampoo, bathrobe, and alarm clock
  • Interested in workstudy?

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4. Do I have to stay on campus overnight for Orientation?

While resident students will be moving in for the academic year on Saturday morning, commuter students have the option to stay on campus as well. While it is not required, it is recommended that students stay on campus and take advantage of the Commuter Student Sleepover. This allows more participation in the evening events and helps students get a better feel for the campus. If you are interested in staying on campus, please contact the Office of Student Activities Student Assistant, at 608-663-2244 or osa@edgewood.edu.

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5. Who do we contact for more information?

If there are any questions or concerns about the Orientation Program, please contact Beth John, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Activities, (608) 663-2244 or 800-444-4861, or email Beth at bjohn@edgewood.edu or osa@edgewood.edu. Our office is open from 7:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 7:30am through 12:30pm.

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6. What if I am a transfer student or post bac student?

Since transfer and post bac students have typically already attended a college/university orientation, we have created special one-day program on August 26th that will cover just the "nuts & bolts."  However, freshmen transfer students enrolled in COR 1 are required to attend Freshman Orientation, August 24-27.

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Monroe St
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Deming Way
1255 Deming Way
Madison, WI 53717
Phone: (800) 444-4861
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