Last updated Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Social and co-curricular life has always been a vibrant part of the Wesleyan experience. Students often learn as much about themselves and the world around them through their interactions with each other as they do in formal academic settings. 


The Orientation Program provides new students with an important introduction to most major aspects of the vibrant Wesleyan community. Due to social distancing requirements and the phased arrival to campus, Orientation will move online, with activities available beginning in mid-July and events occurring each week until the beginning of classes. We plan to begin expanding the Wesleyan circles of new and transfer students by hosting virtual orientation small group meetings, which will convene weekly to review orientation programming, discuss important campus issues, and help students get to know each other.

Student Activities and Events 

Although our circumstances will necessarily be different this year due to social distancing guidelines and limits on gatherings, we expect to capitalize on students’ energy and creativity to ensure that the vast offerings and diverse activities that are the hallmark of campus life at Wesleyan continue this year. Student Activities & Leadership Development will continue working closely with the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) and student groups to facilitate safe events.  

Residential Life staff will work to build community within the various living areas, and we will offer community-building opportunities for students who remain off-campus as well. The fall semester will also feature a number of exciting speakers addressing questions of race, inequality, civil rights, civic engagement, and the 2020 election. We expect to be able to host and support creative and innovative performances that are either remote or that meet the rigorous state guidelines including maintaining social distance and other health and safety protocols. In addition, students will have opportunities to work with and learn from world-renowned artists through innovative digital residencies. 

Study Abroad

Study abroad has been suspended for the fall semester. For specific questions about study abroad, please contact the Office of Study Abroad.