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What is Virtual Summer Orientation?

Virtual Summer Orientation is a program designed to ensure that our new Red Hawks lay a solid foundation on which they will develop their Ripon College experience. While the current health and safety concerns limit our ability to invite new students and their supporters to our campus, we have invested all of our efforts to create a new virtual orientation experience that will highlight the amazing qualities of this institution. Through this virtual program, students will explore the academic expectations, available support services, and the exciting elements of student life at Ripon College. 

Who participates in Virtual Summer Orientation?

All new first-year, transfer, and international students are required to participate in Virtual Summer Orientation, as a way to ensure the most successful transition to Ripon College possible.

What orientation opportunities will be offered for families?

Families of new and transferring college students need accurate, detailed information just as much as the students themselves! Portions of the Virtual Summer Orientation platform will be designed specifically for family members of new students, and the office of Student Activities and Orientation will offer additional virtual programming for families and student supporters throughout the summer.

When can I access Virtual Summer Orientation? 

Student will receive access to the Virtual Summer Orientation platform on June 10. You will be contacted with more information about how to create your platform credentials in June.

How long do I have to complete the Virtual Summer Orientation?

Students are required to complete the platform content by June 19. In total, the content platform should take no longer than three hours to complete. Students will be able to stop and return to their progress point as many times as they need. Upon completion of the platform content, students will receive information about signing up for an academic advising and course registration appointment.

Do I need to register for Virtual Summer Orientation?

Yes! We are having students register in advance so we can prepare our faculty advisors for their advising/course registration appointments. These are the original dates we had scheduled for our on-campus program. We have two available session times:

  • Session #1: June 22-23 (You will receive a 1 hour appointment on either June 22 or 23)
  • Session #2: June 23-24 (You will receive a 1 hour appointment on either June 23 or 24)

To register for Virtual Summer Orientation to go apply.ripon.edu/portal/summerorientation. You are required to be an enrolled member of the Class of 2024 before registering for orientation. To submit your $200 enrollment deposit, go to ripon.edu/deposit.

Is there a fee for Virtual Summer Orientation?

There is no fee. No students or student supporters will not be charged for the Virtual Summer Orientation experience. 

If you were an early registration for our on-campus Summer Orientation program, the fees paid for that experience have been credited to your fall student account.

What technology is required for Virtual Summer Orientation?

Nothing special! Students will need to have access to internet/data connection, but the Virtual Summer Orientation platform is seamlessly functional on any computer, tablet, or smartphone. The platform is hosted on an external website, to which students will receive access on June 10th. The scheduling of academic advising/course registration appointments will be hosted within Google Calendar, and those appointments as well as some optional-but-strongly-encouraged peer guidance sessions with our Orientation Committee student leaders will be hosted on Zoom.

Students who have concerns about the technology needed to complete the Virtual Summer Orientation should reach out to Sara VanSteenbergen, Director of Student Activities & Orientation, at [email protected]

What happens after Virtual Summer Orientation?

The next step will be to meet virtually with your academic advisor and register for fall semester classes. In mid-July and early-August, you’ll be invited to join some virtual small group discussions, hosted by members of the Orientation Committee student leaders. The final step of your orientation process will be an extended Welcome Week prior to the start of fall semester. More details about these later elements of the program will be made available as soon as we can.

I have questions about Virtual Summer Orientation or Welcome Week. Where can I go with them?

Sara VanSteenbergen, Director of Student Activities & Orientation, would be thrilled to help you navigate those questions! She can be reached at (920) 748-8715 or at [email protected]