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 18, 2014 (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 18, 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 7:00 pm. on the 18th. 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 18

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Check-in
  • Arrive in Hiram
  • Move into Residence Halls
  • Review Common Reading
7:00 p.m. Check-in and pizza with Orientation Staff
Tuesday, August 19

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Organizational Meeting at Continental Breakfast

  • Obtaining Student IDs and Visiting Accounts Payable
  • Cell Phones
  • Post office boxes (cost is $58.00 for the 2014 year)
  • Banking (minimum $25 to open account)
  • Textbooks for fall classes
  • Tour of Campus and Facilities
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Shopping Trip
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner and Meet Friendly Families (if applicable)
9:00 p.m. Hang out with Peer Assistants
Wednesday, August 20
6:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - Noon Transitions Session
  • Campus Resource and Adjusting to Life in the U.S.
  • Health Insurance and Cards
  • Banking in the U.S
  • Q & A about American Culture and Campus Culture
Noon Lunch in the Dining Hall
1:00 p.m. - 4;30 p.m.   Free Time/Hang out with the Peer Assistants
4:30 p.m.  Depart for the Akron Rubber Ducks Baseball Game
Thursday, August 21
6:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast in the Dining Hall/Free Time
12:00 p.m. Lunch in the Dining Hall
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Transitions Session
  • Immigration Essentials
  • Navigating Academics at Hiram -- WEB4STUDENT and Moodle
  • Employment in the U.S.
  • U.S. Laws and Campus Policies
5:00 p.m.  Dinner in the Dining Hall
7:30 p.m.  Bonfire and S'mores at the James A. Barrow Field Station
Friday, August 22
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Roommates arrive!
1:00 p.m. Institute Week (follow schedule)
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