Important Dates

  • 8/16/2024

    Earliest Date to Arrive on Campus

    You may not enter the U.S. more than 30 days in advance of the report date on your I-20. All students must arrive on either of these dates.

  • 8/18/2024

    International Student Orientation Begins


  • 8/20/2024

    New Student Orientation

    All students must attend the New Student Orientation.

Fall 2024 Schedule

Friday & Saturday, August 16 & 17, 2024

Earliest dates to arrive on campus. You may not enter the U.S. more than 30 days in advance of the report date on your I-20.

Friday, August 16, 2024

9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Immigration Check-in, Days-Massolo Center

Saturday, August 17, 2024

9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Immigration Check-in, Days-Massolo Center

Sunday, August 18, 2024

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast, McEwen Dining Hall

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Campus Tour (departing from McEwen Dining Hall)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Icebreaker and breakout sessions with Orientation Ambassadors, Fillius Events Barn

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Working Lunch - Sprintax Workshop, Fillius Events Barn

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Off-campus excursion for shopping and purchases, pickup at Kirner-Johnson Circle

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Welcome Dinner, Kennedy Center for the Theatre and Studio Arts (KTSA)

Monday, August 19, 2024

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast, McEwen Dining Hall

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
NBT Bank Presentation, Fillius Events Barn

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Understanding U.S. Health Insurance, Fillius Events Barn

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Meeting Hamilton's Multilingual Specialist, Fillius Events Barn

1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Working Lunch - Case Studies in International Student Services (ISS), Fillius Events Barn

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Dinner and Games, Days-Massolo Center Lawn

August 20-28, 2024

New student orientation.

Orientation Team 2024

Tinashe Manguwa


Tinashe Manguwa is a rising senior from Zimbabwe majoring in Philosophy. He is often preoccupied with Socratic literature, oral communication and glen walks. He collects postcards, tea and vinyl.

Devon DeVries


Hi! My name is Devon de Vries and I am a rising sophomore. I am Canadian and play on the ice hockey team here at Hamilton. I plan to be an economics major and am still deciding between a math or statistics minor. My hobbies are mountain biking, reading and spending time with my friends.

Renata Mendez Alvarez


My name is Renata Méndez Álvarez, but please call me Rena! I’m a rising sophomore from Santiago, Chile. I plan on double majoring in Cinema and Media Studies and Creative Writing, with (hopefully!) a minor in Japanese. Outside of the classroom, I am a Varsity Track and Field team member and a student docent at the Wellin Museum of Art. In my spare time, I love watching films and anime!

Jampel Payldon


My name is Jampel Yeshey Payldon. I am a rising sophomore from Bhutan, intending to double major in World Politics and Environmental Studies. My passions include dancing, acting, watching movies, engaging with various communities and organizations on advocacy initiatives, and exploring new places. On campus, I am involved in COOP's Community Service Internship (CSI) program, an e-board member of the International Cultural Organization (ICA), and a member of the hip-hop dance group HEAT.

Luna Wang (Zihui)


Hi! I'm Luna Wang and I'm a rising sophomore. I'm from Nanjing, China. My major is biology. I'm crazy about nature and all living things, especially insects. I also enjoy playing the violin (for almost 16 years!) and I'm now in the school orchestra. I read and travel a lot in my spare time and I love sharing my stories with friends. My dream is to become an entomologist and learn Spanish.


Office / Department Name

International Student Services

Contact Name

Omobonike Odegbami

Director of International Student Services

Office Location
Days-Massolo Center

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