We hope you are excited as we are that you are joining the Wingate family. You and your family have made one of the most important decisions for your future. Now it is time to begin the transition from high school to University life and we are going to help you every step of the way. We believe Orientation is process, not just an event. Therefore, we have extensive programs to best assist students and families in the transition to college life and Wingate University. This process includes three portions: during the summer we have the Bulldog Experience and Camp Bulldog. In the fall, we have Orientation and Welcome Week. Our hope is that these processes will prepare you with everything you will need in order to be successful at Wingate.
The Bulldog Experience
The Bulldog Experience are two optional days in the summer for students and families to visit campus and see what University life is all about. The dates are: Monday, June 27 and Friday June 22. Space is limited so if you want to visit, please register here. The Bulldog Experience days will give students and parents a glimpse into the resources and culture at Wingate University, as well as a chance to meet other members of the Bulldog family - faculty, staff, current students and new families just like you.
Here is a schedule of the Bulldog Experience so that you can get a sneak peak at what you can expect.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Check-in and Resource Fair, Batte Center Rotunda
Meet with individuals that will help you get some of those checklist items taken care of and your opportunity to meet some important Wingate resources to make your first year successful and fun!
9:00 a.m. - 9:25 am: Welcome, McGee Theatre
9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.: University 101, McGee Theatre
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.: Breakout Sessions
Parents: Family Connection, McGee Theatre
Students: Major in a Great Life, Recital Hall
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Grab and Go Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Optional Activities: Campus Tours, Residential Hall Tour, Question and Answer Panel with Wingate Staff, Resource Fair continuation
Camp Bulldog is an optional extended Orientation experience that provides new Bulldogs with amazing opportunities to transition to Wingate in an exciting and engaging manner. The program is designed to help students meet other new Bulldogs, cultivate future student leaders, jump-start their involvement and foster school spirit at Wingate. Throughout the weekend, students will participate in team-building activities, including ropes courses and leadership training. They will also learn the history of Wingate and its traditions.
Orientation & Welcome Week
Orientation is designed to help students connect with all new Bulldogs, learn the ins and outs of campus and begin Majoring in a Great Life which begins on Thursday, August 18. Welcome Week begins on Monday, August 22, and continues the student experience with traditional events, social engagements, educational opportunities, entertainers and more!
• Assist new Wingate students in making a successful academic and social transition to college life;
• Articulate the importance of personal responsibility for students while emphasizing academic achievement, community engagement and available campus resources;
• Help students integrate, understand, appreciate and begin to engage in the full Wingate experience inside and outside of the classroom; and
• Create an environment that allows students to embrace Wingate traditions and build a sense of community within the Wingate family.