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Life at Aquinas College

New Student & Transfer Orientation

Save the date for the 2021 New Student & Transfer Orientation program - *Please note: Move-in for Residential Students will take place on Saturday, August 21 

Sunday, August 22, 2021, through Tuesday, August 24, 2021

First Day of Classes- Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Please check the New Student Checklist (listed to the left)  for tasks to ensure overall success. 

Schedule as of May 2021

All Orientation Activities are required for students

Sunday, August 22: All Day

Community Luncheon*
Orientation Kick Off*
Class Photo
Community Standards
Diversity/Inclusion Keynote/Activity

Sunday Evening Mass
Student Senate Sponsored Casino Night

Monday, August 23: All DAY

Mental/Personal Safety
Class Tree Planting Project

Community building activity
Sustainability Activity

Tuesday, August 24: All Day

Project Unite (Service Project)
Academic Success
AQ Programming Board Evening Glow Dance Party 

Wednesday, August 25

First Year Experience Class

All COVID safety protcols will be enforced provided by AQ Opens Team and Kent County Health officials. 

Expected learning outcomes for New Student Orientation: 


1. Recognize our inclusive mission and the values of Aquinas College,

2. Recognize the Dominican pillars of Prayer, Study, Service, and Community


3. Continue to understand the academic expectations of Aquinas College

4. Identify campus resources critical to their success. 

Student Experience

5. Demonstrate what it means to be an engaged and excited Aquinas Saint

6. Learn and navigate the physical campus environment and the greater Grand Rapids community

7. Recognize the Aquinas College community's culture of respect

Are you an admitted student looking to register for STAR? Visit the STAR page for more information and the registration link!

Questions? Feel free to contact the Student Activities & Orientation office at