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Parent Orientation Fall 2020

Online Parent Orientation

Launching a student into college life is a big deal. It can be hard even in a normal year, but as we all know, this year we will need to work together in new ways to enable your student(s) to have the best possible on-campus experience. The College is carefully planning every aspect of enrollment, academics, student life, and campus operations to ensure a safe and healthy community for our students, faculty, and staff.

Due to COVID-19 and the need to keep everyone safe, Parent Orientation will look different this fall. You will still receive everything you need to navigate and support your student's success, but the information will be delivered online rather than in person. There will be no Parent Orientation events on campus, other than Student Drop Off. 

We recognize Wheaton students come from around the world, and that the COVD-19 guidelines your state/country has instituted may look different from those set by the State of Illinois. We also recognize there may be varying personal views regarding the impact of COVID-19, but we ask everyone to be exceptionally respectful of each other and to the College by following the required campus rules and safety protocols which are required by the State of Illinois, and are intended to protect everyone’s health.

Restore Illinois is the state's five phase plan to safely reopen the State of Illinois. 


Step 1: Know Before You Go 

Online Parent Orientation -- Available beginning August 1

There is a lot you will need to know before you bring your student to campus for Student Drop Off. Online Parent Orientation will provide information on topics like: 

  • Student Drop Off and the protocol for moving your student into their dorm room in a way that cares for the safety and health of your student, and for your student’s roommate and family
  • Campus resources available to your student
  • The integration of faith and liberal arts learning at Wheaton 
  • What student life will look like in fall 2020
  • Student health and safety measures, quarantine parameters, and student behavior requirements unique to the fall 2020 semester 

Please reference the New Parent Orientation FAQ's for answers to many of your “Know Before You Go” questions.  

Step 2: Stop, Drop, and Go 

Student Drop Off -- Orientation 2020 Arrival Dates

Online Parent Orientation will provide detailed information about what Student Drop Off will look like, but think in terms of three things: 

  • Stop -- Before arriving to campus, if you need some extra things for your student’s residence, stop at one of the local stores and get what you need. We kindly ask that you only drop off items once, to reduce population density and multiple trips on and off campus. See the Lean and Light Packing List.
  • Drop -- Deliver your student's luggage to their residence and help them settle in. Students are limited to two guests to assist with unpacking. Guests will need to follow CDC face covering protocols and limit their time in the room to three hours. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us adhere to the Illinois regulations for social distancing.
  • Go -- It's time for a final hug and to say farewell. We will take good care of your student and look forward to staying in touch with you.

Step 3: Keep in Touch

There are many ways to keep in touch with us: 


August 2020 Orientation

Parent Orientation is a great time to get a feel for student life at Wheaton and to meet other Wheaton parents!

We encourage you to visit the FAQ page for help with some common Parent Orientation questions.

The Orientation Schedule includes information for students and parents. Parent events are identified with a red icon. Parent Orientation concludes with the Closing Program on Saturday night.

Orientation Schedule