International Orientation

Welcome to Hiram! New International Student Orientation is designed to help you acclimate to the campus, take care of many practical matters, and give you an opportunity to make new friends.

New international student arrival date is Monday, August 22, 2016 (athletes should plan to arrive on the date specified by their coach/adviser), so mark your calendars.

If you are flying into the Cleveland airport on August 22, please remember to send us your complete travel itinerary so that we may arrange to meet you when you arrive.

If driving to Hiram, please note that check-in is at the Kennedy Center on Route 700, in the Jagow Room on the first floor. Check in hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. on the August 24th. Students and their families may visit the Hiram College dining hall that day for lunch and dinner.


Tentative Orientation Schedule (subject to change)

Monday, August 22

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


  • Arrive in Hiram
  • Move into Residence Halls
  • Review Common Reading

7:00 p.m.

Check-in and Pizza with Orientation Staff

Tuesday, August 23

9:00 a.m. - Noon

Welcome and Organizational Meeting at Continental Breakfast

  • Obtaining Student IDs and Visiting Accounts Payable
  • Post office boxes (cost is $60.00 for the 2015-16 year)
  • Banking (minimum $25 to open account)
  • Textbooks for fall classes
  • Tour of Campus and Facilities

Noon - 1:00 p.m.


1:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Shopping Trip

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


7:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Bonfire at James A. Barrow Field Station

Wednesday, August 24

6:00 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Transitions Sessions

  • Campus Resource and Adjusting to Life in the U.S.
  • Academics
  • Q & A about American Culture and Campus Culture

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch in the Dining Hall

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

Transitions Sessions

  • Health Insurance and Cards
  • Banking in the U.S
  • Citizenship and Education

 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m. 

Off-Campus Activity

Thursday, August 25

6:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast in the Dining Hall

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Transition Sessions

  • Immigration Essentials
  • Employment

12:00 p.m.

Lunch in the Dining Hall

1:00 p.m.

 Roommates Arrive and Institute Week (follow schedule)

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