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WELCOME TO BAKER | Get to know us step by step

Orientation programs help new students get used to life as a Wildcat. Basically, we want to make your transition to Baker University as smooth as possible so you can focus on making friends, having fun, and getting an exceptional education.

Are you ready to schedule your enrollment day? Just follow the steps below.

Not sure whether you’ve already completed these steps? Don’t worry—contact your admissions counselor and they’ll help you figure it out.

Student-Athlete Only

Summer 2019
Enrollment Days

Sat. April 27
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wed. June 12
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Fri. June 14
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Fri. July 26
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Fri. August 16
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Learn how to navigate campus with a pdf campus map and list of campus attractions.

WHAT HAPPENS ON ENROLLMENT DAY?

During your enrollment day, you will receive your academic schedule, learn your way around campus, and begin building lifelong friendships at Baker University.

Parents, family members, and guests are invited to attend the parent and family program. These sessions introduce families to the academic programs and special services available at Baker.

To help students, parents, and family members have the best enrollment day possible, here are pdf10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Orientation.

Full-Day Student Program

Student Agenda

8 a.m. | Registration

9 a.m. | Opening general session and introduction of orientation leaders

9:20 a.m. | Everything academic:

  • Quest and Salon descriptions
  • Quest requirements
  • Proficiencies: MA090, EN100
  • Activities courses: Athletics and participation scholarship based
  • World language requirement
  • Interterm
  • Major and minor checklists
  • FERPA
  • Questions and concerns

10:10 a.m. | Small-group time:

  • Your first college quiz
  • Lunch tickets
  • Beach ball

10:30 a.m. | Small-group visits to the following:

  • Residence hall tours
  • ID center and technology

10:55 a.m. | Small-group visits to the following:

  • ID center and technology
  • Residence hall tours

11:20 a.m. | Small-group visits to the following:

  • Student life at Baker
  • Community living

11:45 a.m. | Small-group visits to the following:

  • Community living
  • Student life at Baker

12:10 p.m. | Student lunch 1 p.m. | Majors as a home:

  • Department of Behavioral and Health Sciences
  • Department of Biology and Chemistry
  • Department of Business and Economics
  • Department of History, Culture, and Society
  • Department of the Humanities
  • Department of Mass Media and Visual Arts
  • Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science
  • Department of Music and Theatre
  • School of Education Undergraduate Department

1:45 p.m. | Students meet back with parents and family members 1:45 p.m. | Optional opportunities:

  • Access Services
  • Academic schedule changes
  • Information follow-up:
    • Dean of Students
    • Student Affairs resources
    • Registrar
    • Student Academic Success
    • Technology
    • Fraternity and Sorority Life
    • Athletics
Afternoon Student Program — Aug. 17, 2018

Student Agenda

11:30 a.m. | Registration

12:30 p.m. | Opening general session and introduction of orientation leaders

12:50 p.m. | Everything academic:

  • Quest and Salon descriptions
  • Quest requirements
  • Proficiencies: MA090, EN100
  • Activities courses: Athletics and participation scholarship based
  • World language requirement
  • Interterm
  • Major and minor checklists
  • FERPA
  • Questions and concerns

1:45 p.m. | Small-group visits to the following:

  • ID center and technology
  • Student life at Baker

2:15 | Small-group visits to the following:

  • Student life at Baker
  • ID center and technology

2:45 p.m. | Majors as a home:

  • Department of Behavioral and Health Sciences
    • Exercise Science
    • Psychology
  • Department of Biology and Chemistry
    • Nursing
  • Department of Business and Economics
  • Department of History, Culture, and Society
  • Department of the Humanities
  • Department of Mass Media and Visual Arts
  • Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science
  • Department of Music and Theatre
  • School of Education Undergraduate Department

3:30 p.m. | Students meet back with parents and family members

3:30 p.m. | Meet Residence Life staff to move into residence halls

3:30 p.m. | Optional opportunities:

  • Access services
  • Academic schedule changes
Full-Day Parent & Family Program

Parents & Family Agenda

8 a.m. | Registration

9 a.m. | Opening general session and introduction of orientation leaders

9:20 a.m. | Everything academic:

  • Quest and Salon descriptions
  • Quest requirements
  • Proficiencies: MA090, EN100
  • Activities courses: Athletics and participation scholarship based
  • World language requirement
  • Interterm
  • Major and minor checklists
  • FERPA
  • Questions and concerns

10:15 a.m. | Mastering campus basics:

  • Business Office
  • Financial aid
  • Mastering student resources: Mail and Copy Center, Health Center, Computers, Student Academic Success, Library
  • Dining services: Meal options, accommodations, services

11:25 a.m. | Parent and family lunch

12:05 p.m. | Residence hall tours

12:35 p.m. | Reflections of a Baker Wildcat:

  • What I Wish I Had Known Then (video)
  • Student panel

1 p.m. | OMG! My millennial is going to college!

  • Your first college quiz
  • Parent and family phone calls
  • Parents as partners and next steps

1:45 p.m. | Students meet back with parents and family members

1:45 p.m. | Optional opportunities:

  • Access services
  • Academic schedule changes
  • Information follow-up:
    • Dean of Students
    • Student Affairs resources
    • Registrar
    • Student Academic Success
    • Technology
    • Fraternity and Sorority Life
    • Athletics
Afternoon Parent Program — Aug. 17, 2018

Parent & Family Agenda

11:30 a.m. | Registration

12:30 p.m. | Opening general session and introduction of orientation leaders

12:50 p.m. | Everything academic:

  • Quest and Salon descriptions
  • Quest requirements
  • Proficiencies: MA090, EN100
  • Activities courses: Athletics and participation scholarship based
  • World language requirement
  • Interterm
  • Major and minor checklists
  • FERPA
  • Questions and concerns

1:45 p.m. | Mastering campus basics:

  • Financial aid
  • Student resources: Mail and Copy Center, Health Center, Computers, Student Academic Success, Library
  • Dining services: Meal options, accommodations, services

2:35 p.m. | Snack break

2:45 p.m. | Reflections of a Baker Wildcat:

  • What I Wish I Had Known Then (video)
  • Student panel

3:10 p.m. | Parents as partners and next steps

3:30 p.m. | Students meet back with parents and family members

3:30 p.m. | Meet Residence Life staff to move into halls

3:30 p.m. | Optional opportunities:

  • Access services
  • Academic schedule changes

CARINGTYN | Class of 2019

“I found orientation helpful just because I hadn’t thought about the ‘school’ part of college — I was too worried about roomies, packing, friends, and everything else. But I met a whole bunch of cool cats really quickly, I found information on the groups I wanted to be in and definitely didn’t want to be in, and it made the whole college thing a lot easier when you’re given a schedule and a place to be. I realized orientation was hella important, though, and that’s why I’m an orientation leader now because it’s the first impression and makes or breaks you. Now that I’ve been here a year it really is #BTID and I’m all about getting more people comfy at Baker.”

WANT TO BE AN ORIENTATION LEADER?

As a Baker University orientation leader, you’ll be the official ambassador to new students and their parents and family members — that bright, smiling face that’s always ready with helpful advice, answers to questions, and a joke about how they won’t get lost on our small (but beautiful!) campus.

Apply by February 15.

Orientation Leader Job Description

Responsibilities

Orientation leaders are responsible for a wide range of activities. However, because of the nature of orientation, OLs should be prepared to perform additional duties that will help the program run smoothly. Below are initial tasks that all orientation leaders are expected to assist with:

  • Serve as a resource for new students and their parents and family members
  • Lead groups of new students and parents and family members on campus tours and through question-and-answer sessions covering a variety of topics
  • Facilitate panel discussions or take part in skits on a variety of topics
  • Set up and take down events for new-student orientation
  • Attend all OL training sessions and orientation programs, including arriving early to each of these activities
  • Exhibit a positive attitude toward new-student orientation programs and Baker University

Desired Skills

  • Desire to assist new students and their parents and family members during their transition to Baker University
  • Effective communication skills with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds in both small- and large-group settings: administrators, faculty members, parents and family members, students
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Ability to improvise and think under pressure
  • Ability to act in a professional manner in all situations, including handling confidential issues and records
  • Positive attitude toward Baker University and new-student orientation

Qualifications

  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Maintain full-time Baker University student status (enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours)
  • Be involved in at least one on-campus student organization or program
  • Submit application by deadline
  • Attend training and meeting date listed in addition to the dates that will be announced for orientation

Compensation

Summer Orientation

  • Free T-shirt and polo shirt
  • Meals during orientation program
  • $150 stipend paid after Wildcat Welcome

Wildcat Welcome

  • Free T-shirt and polo shirt
  • Meals during orientation program
  • $100 stipend paid after Wildcat Welcome

Training

Training will take place in April.

Apply Now!

ORIENTATION RESOURCES

Register to help with Orientation and Welcome Week!

Involvement Fair
& Best of Baldwin

August 18, 2018 | 5-7 p.m.
South side of Long Student Center

Register Your Activity or Organization

Move-In Crew
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018

BU students, faculty, staff, and community members will welcome new students and their families by helping them to move into their residence halls.

Register for the Move-In Crew

Out-of-Staters
Connection Program 

Faculty and staff members communicate with new students from the state they are from or have spent a considerable amount of time in.

Register Online

CONTACT US

Randy Flowers
Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Student Life
Office: Long Student Center 18
785.594.8304
randy.flowers@bakerU.edu

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