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2023 Wildcat Welcome Weekend

Orientation is required for all new (first-year and transfer) students enrolling on the McMinnville campus in the fall semester.

View full schedule as a PDF Orientación en Español

  • Thursday, August 24

    Time Activity Location
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.  New student check-in and move-In: Check-in will include picking up your welcome packet, residence hall and mail keys, and student ID. Founders Drive
    9 a.m.-12 p.m. Jump Start Zone: Need to complete some steps? Have any questions? Follow up with the offices in Taylor Hall to make plans to complete the process to be move-in ready! Lawn Near Taylor Hall
    11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.  Optional campus tours: Learn more about campus and where you'll have your classes. Depart from Riley and Walker Courtyard
    2-3 p.m. New Transfer Student Reception: Join with fellow transfer students for a reception to get to know each other, faculty, and staff at Linfield.  Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley 
    3-4 p.m. Latinx student and family reception: Join the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) office for a reception to get to know other Latinx students, families, faculty and staff at Linfield. Learn about campus clubs and events as well supports and programs for Latinx students. Withnell Commons, Multicultural Center patio
    3-4 p.m. Recepción de estudiantes latinxs y sus familias: Únase al Programa de Diversidad, Equidad e Inclusión en una recepción para conocer a otros estudiantes, familias y miembros del cuerpo docente y del personal de Linfield de la comunidad latina. Obtenga información sobre los clubes y los eventos del campus, además de los programas y la ayuda para estudiantes Latinx. Withnell Commons, patio del centro multicultural
    4-6 p.m. Choir auditions: Students registered for a vocal ensemble will complete auditions in person. Audition times are coordinated with students in advance. Contact academic advising with questions.  Vivian Bull Music Center
    4-6 p.m. Instrumental Ensemble Placement: Students registered for an instrumental ensemble will complete auditions in person (strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, percussion). Audition times are coordinated with students in advance. Contact Dr. Florian Conzetti with questions. Vivian Bull Music Center
    4-6 p.m.

    Language Placement Testing: 
    Japanese - Self enroll in Blackboard. Contact Dr. Masayuki Itomitsu for additional information.
    French - Students with at least one year of French must take th eplacement exam. Contact Dr. Marie Noussi for additional information. 
    Spanish - Self enroll in Blackboard. Contact Dr. Tania Carrasquillo Hernández for additional Information.


    Japanese: See Blackboard instructions

    French: Walker Hall 302

    Spanish: See Blackboard instructions

    5-7 p.m. Streak Street: Come and enjoy the start of the academic year with food trucks, games, music, etc. Held on Lever Street, this tradition celebrates the Wildcat Football Team's streak of 65 consecutive winning seasons! Lever Street in front of Memorial Football Stadium
    7 p.m. Cat Camp: An important Linfield tradition. All new students and families are welcome to join fellow Wildcats for this exciting event. Roll 'Cats! Memorial Football Stadium
  • Friday, August 25

    Time Activity Location
    7-9 a.m. Breakfast: students on a meal plan may begin eating in Dillin Hall this day. Dillin Hall
    9-9:45 a.m. Meet your Registration and Orientation Group (ROG): You will meet your Registration and Orientation Leader (ROL), connect with other new students in your ROG and review the Wildcat Welcome Weekend schedule. You will also learn what to expect for your afternoon advising sessions with your new faculty advisor.  ROG Classroom (see your welcome packet for your location)
    9-9:45 a.m. Coffee hour for parents and families: Grab a cup of coffee and a pastry, meet other parents and families, and visit with a few Linfield staff members. East side of Dillin Hall
    10-11 a.m. Opening Convocation: Welcome to Linfield! Marking the official start of the academic year, new students and families will be officially welcomed by President Davis, and Linfield faculty and staff. New students will participate in the tradition of the acorn. Ted Wilson Gymnasium
    11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch break: You can grab lunch at a local eatery or join us at the dining hall. Students who are on the meal plan will not be charged. Families wishing to purchase lunch may do so. Dillin Hall
    1:30-2 p.m. Group advising meetings: You will meet with your new faculty advisor and learn more about academic advising and First Semester Seminar. First Semester Seminar Classroom (see your welcome packet)
    1:30-2:45 p.m. Parent and family welcome/Q&A: Hear from the provost, vice president for student affairs/dean of students and director of parent engagement. Find out what resources are available for you and your student. Get your burning questions answered.  Ice Auditorium
    2-6 p.m. Individual advising appointments: You will be assigned a one-on-one advising appointment time to meet with your faculty advisor and discuss your academic schedule.  Your faculty advisor will confirm the time and location during your group meeting at 1:30 p.m.
    2-5 p.m. The Associated Students of Linfield University (ASLU) is hosting a variety of FUN activities ranging from slip and slide, spike ball, and corn hole. After your individual advising appointment check in with your ROL at the activities area. Riley and Walker Field
    3-4 p.m. Parent and family reception: Enjoy some light refreshments and a beverage. Visit with a few Linfield staff. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done and connect with other parents. The Oak Grove
    4-4:45 p.m. Parent/student goodbyes Students' residence hall rooms
    5-7 p.m. Dinner break: See below for information on dining hall mealtimes Dillin Hall
    7 p.m. Winning at Linfield: Meet Jeff Mackay, Vice President for Student Affairs who will talk about a game plan that will help you rock your Linfield experience. Ted Wilson Gymnasium
    7:30-10 p.m. Hall Crawl: Join us for a fun-filled evening spanning all of campus! Stop by each Residence Hall to experience a different activity, meeting new people as you go! Also make sure to stop by the RHA booth by the People Fountain on Linfield Ave. Begin at any residence hall
  • Saturday, August 26

    Time Activity Location
    9-10 a.m. Navigating academic and opportunities for the future! Meet Gennie VanBeek, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; Jennifer Madden, dean of the School of Business; and Paul Smith, dean of the School of Nursing. The academic deans will share tips on navigating university structures as well as information about exciting programs in each of their areas. Ted Wilson Gymnasium
    10 a.m.-1 p.m. Brunch Dillin Hall

    10 - 11 a.m.
    11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    12 p.m.-1 p.m.

    C A T S presentations: The Consent Awareness Training Squad (CATS) will facilitate an education program about sexual assault prevention and policies at Linfield. ROG classroom
    1 p.m. Academic success and Learning Support Services (LSS): You will meet with other first-year students in your ROG to learn more about the resources offered by LSS and discuss how to succeed academically at Linfield. ROG classroom
    3 p.m. Inclusion session: Learn more about the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) where we acknowledge, honor and celebrate the diverse cultural experiences and perspectives that bring us together at Linfield. ROG classroom
    5 p.m. Class "L" Photo: An important Linfield tradition. Commencement Green in front of Riley Hall
    5:30-7 p.m. Dinner break: See below for information on dining hall mealtimes. Dillin Hall
    8:00 p.m. Wildcats Event Board (WEB) Presents: Outdoor Movie!: Enjoy snacks and socializing with other students. Commencement Green across form Riley Hall
  •  Sunday, August 27

    Time Activity Location
    10 a.m.-1 p.m. Brunch Dillin Hall
    10-11 a.m. Introduction to religious and spiritual life at Linfield: Join the chaplain's team to learn about how you can grow, learn and flourish spiritually during your time at Linfield. Students of all faith and no faith are welcome and encourage to attend. Oak Grove
    11 a.m.-12 p.m. Wellness Trail Walk: Discover the Linfield Wellness Trail, a 1.5-mile loop that many students use for exercise or a break from their busy day. We’ll chat through casual and unique get-to-know-you prompts so you can get to know some new faces!  Meet in front of Nicholson Library
    11 a.m.-12 p.m. DIY Dry Erase Board: Need to keep track of your to do list? Communicate with others? Have a motivational quote that changes daily? Then come create your very own dry erase board! Riley and Walker Courtyard
    12-1 p.m. Commuter Student Reception: Join with fellow commuter students for a reception to get to know each other, and staff at Linfield that can help you with your college journey. Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall
    1-2 p.m. Pre-nursing information session: Learn about prerequisites and admission criteria for Linfield’s School of Nursing. Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, Melrose Hall
    2-3 p.m. Navigating Technology at Linfield: Learn about the differnt systems, sites, and etc. that you will need to effectively communicate and succeed on campus ROG classroom
    4-5 p.m. ROG meeting - starting off on the right foot: Hear from Linfield's Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) Office and learn about leadership opportunities, what they can offer you, policy FAQs and ways to have a successful time at Linfield. ROG classroom
    5-7 p.m. Involvement fair: We invite you to explore student clubs, organizations and volunteer opportunities. Hosted by the Associated Students of Linfield University (ASLU) and the Wildcat Events Board (WEB). Riley and Walker Field
    5-7 p.m. Welcome Back BBQ: All students on the meal plan will enjoy a BBQ dinner and use this an opportunity to visit the activities and involvement fair. East of Dillin Hall
    9 p.m. (Students living in the Residence Halls) Residence Hall Meetings: Meet your RA and learn more about residence life at Linfield.

    Your residence hall

  • Monday, August 28

    Time Activity Location
    6:30-7:30 p.m. First-year seminar meetings ROG classroom
  • Tuesday, August 29

    Time Activity Location
    3:00-5:00 pm Local Opportunities Fair Walker Hall Courtyard

Details and resources

ROGs, ROLs and First Semester Seminar

Every student is part of a Registration and Orientation Group (ROG) with approximately 15-20 other new students. You will meet with your ROG throughout Wildcat Welcome Weekend, and on Monday nights this fall to complete First Semester Seminar Lab (IDST 007L / IDST 009L).

First Semester Seminar is comprised of two parts: meetings with a faculty advisor throughout the semester (IDST 007, or IDST 009 for transfer students); and a Monday night lab with peers in your ROG that is led by your ROL (IDST 007L or IDST 009L).

Group and individual advising

Advising meetings facilitate the advisor-advisee relationship and cover important topics related to academic success at Linfield.

Dillin Dining Hall and Starbucks Coffee

Food service for students on the meal plan begins Friday, August 25. Dillin Dining Hall and Starbucks in the Riley Campus Center will operate on the following schedule for Fall 2023 semester:

Day Dillin Hall Breakfast Lunch Dinner Starbucks
Mon - Thurs 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. 7:30-10:30 a.m. 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. 5-8 p.m. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 7:30-10:30 a.m. 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. 5-7 p.m. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

10 a.m.-7 p.m.

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

5-7 p.m. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 5-7 p.m. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

*Dillin and Starbucks hours are subject to change.

Linfield’s food service provider is Sodexo. Learn more about food service at Linfield, your options, and promotions by visiting the Sodexo website.

Do you have food allergies or other food-related concerns? Please reach out to a Sodexo manager so they can help.

Activities and involvement

There are countless ways to get involved at Linfield. In addition to attending the Involvement Fair, we invite you to explore student engagement opportunities by visiting the Student Activities office in Riley 301 or emailing for more information.