Rising Titan (Summer Orientation)

A one-day summer orientation experience where students will register for fall 2023 classes, engage in reflective conversations about their college experience, and meet Titan Orientation Leaders. We also invite up to two parents/family members to attend Rising Titan this summer, as we will host our Parent/Family Orientation in conjunction with Rising Titan.

Registration for Rising Titan is now open to all committed students. Please check your IWU email for registration information. Rising Titan is a required program for all incoming students, including international students. Please ensure you refer to the deadlines for registration shared in the Rising Titan Registration email you will receive. 

All times listed are in Central Standard Time (CST). Please be mindful of timezone changes.

Dates for Rising Titan:
  • Thursday, June 15 (Virtual)
  • Monday, June 19 (In-Person)
  • Thursday, June 22 (In-Person)
  • Thursday, July 27 (In-Person)


Rising Titan 2023

Tentative Schedule of Events

8.30 - 9.00 am: Breakfast & Check In (Hansen Student Center, 300 E. Beecher St. Bloomington, IL 61701 or at Virtual Link on June 15th, 2023)

9.00 - 9.30 am: Introduction and Welcome to Rising Titan

9.30 - 10.30 am: Defining the College Experience (Students/Parents & Family Members)

  • A collegiate experience should help students identify and contextualize their education with respect to their goals and aspirations. This session asks students to think about their four-year experience with respect to their curricular and cocurricular goals. Students will also be introduced to academic requirements.

10.35 - 11.15 am: Debrief w/ TOLs (Students/Parents & Family Members)

  • Titan Orientation Leaders (TOLs) are IWU student-leaders at IWU who are sources of support and information for incoming students. TOLs play a major role in facilitating the adjustment of new students and their families to the IWU community. In this session, incoming students will have opportunities to ask TOLs questions about campus resources, academics, and professional and social life at IWU.

10.35 - 11.15 am: Parent & Family Session: Transitioning Your Titan: Changing Parenting Roles and Engagement w/IWU

11.15 am - 1.00 pm: Resource Fair: Information Technology, Student Employment, Financial Aid, Arnold Health Services

  • Individuals can connect with key resources over this two hour period. If individuals would like to bring their health immunization forms, documents needed to work on campus (birth certificate, etc.), and troubleshooting any technology issues. You can also visit the Titan Spirit Store in the Hansen Student Center during this time.

11.15 - 11:45 am: Second Language Placement Tests

11.15 am: Lunch for Non-Second Language Placement Exam Students & Families

11.45 am: Lunch for Second Language Placement Exam Students & Families

1.00 - 4.15 pm: Parent & Family Orientation Sessions

  • There will be three sessions hosted in the Hansen Student Center focused on: Supporting a Thriving Titan, Interactive Case Study, and Q & A w/Faculty & Staff. There will be an opportunity to engage in large and small groups, as well as meet student-centered faculty and staff at Illinois Wesleyan!

For the afternoon sessions, students will be assigned orientation groups which will rotate through these sessions every 30-minutes.

1.00 - 1.45 pm Registering for Classes
/Registration Advisor
Transitioning from
High School to
Thriving During

Q&A w/ Titan Orientation Leader  

1.50 - 2.35 pm
2.40 - 3.25 pm
3.30 - 4.15 pm

4.15 - 5.00 pm: End of Day Celebration & Reception

Registering for Classes w/Registration Advisor

  • Incoming students will register for Fall 2023 classes with their registration advisors. Students will have a schedule of classes once they leave this session.

Transitioning from High School to College:

  • Have you ever thought about the many differences between high school and college? Some of these changes will be unique to you while some changes will be more universal in nature. In this session, incoming students will explore the process of transitioning to college.

Thriving During College:

  • As members of the IWU community we not only want you to succeed but also help you thrive as a Titan. In this session, incoming students will be introduced to skills and resources which can help you thrive during your college experience.

All times listed are in Central Standard Time (CST). Please be mindful of timezone changes.

Please refer to these pages regularly as schedule and activities are subject to change in response to state, federal, and public health guidelines.