Life at Aquinas College

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New Student & Transfer Orientation

Welcome to Aquinas College! We're looking forward to seeing you on campus soon! To help you plan your Orientation Week, here are some key dates and events as of May 2022. More details will be added this summer.

Please note that all orientation activities are required for new students.


Thursday, August 18, 2022

  • Move-in day for new residential students (8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
  • Community Luncheon
  • Orientation Kick Off
  • Class Photo
  • Community Standards
  • Title IX
  • Residence Hall Meetings / Commuter Meetings
  • AQPB-sponsored Carnival


Friday, August 19, 2022

  • Move-in day for returning students
  • Community building activity
  • Mental/personal safety
  • Sustainability activity
  • Academic resources / Academic success
  • Diversity speaker
  • Mario Kart night


Saturday, August 20, 2022

  • Sustainability
  • International programs
  • Trivia
  • Project Unite (service project)
  • Casino Night - Senate


Sunday, August 21, 2022

  • Sunday Mass


Monday, August 22, 2022

  • First day of classes

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