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Life at Aquinas College

New Student & Transfer Orientation

Save the date for the 2021 New Student & Transfer Orientation program - Sunday, August 22, 2021, through Tuesday, August 24, 2021

First Day of Classes- Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Schedule as of April 2021

Sunday, August 22 Mid AM-Late PM


Move in date for the incoming Saints *|
Community Luncheon*
Kick Off*
Class Photo
Community Standards
Diversity/Inclusion Keynote/Activity
Student Senate Sponsored Evening Activity/Social


Monday, August 23: All DAY


Academic Success
Mental/Personal Safety
Class Tree Planting Project/Ceremony
Sustainability Activity
Class Dance (Evening)


Tuesday, August 24: All Day


Project Unite (Service Project)
Community building activity
AQ Programming Board Evening Activity/Social


Wednesday, August 25


First Year Experience Class


*=Families are invited

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 sao@aquinas.edu.