Planning for Your Arrival
New students should plan to arrive in Salem between August 1st and August 9th (or before) so you have time to get get settled and rested before school starts.
Our Incoming Student Arrival Liaisons will help new students get settled before school starts. Services include pick up at the Portland Airport and assistance with locating an apartment in Salem after you arrive. This service is especially important for students traveling to Oregon from other states and countries. You will receive an email from our Incoming Student Arrival Liaisons. You can email our Incoming Student Arrival Liaisons at
Planning for your First Your Week At Willamette
Fall Semester 2011 begins on Tuesday, August 16th, with Compass Week. Compass Week is required for all new students. Also, you will want to be sure to participate in the pre-session event on August 12th: "Living and Learning in Salem."
|Living and Learning in Salem - Optional Pre-session Event
|Willamette International Student Orientation
||August 16 (9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.)
|Compass Week and Fall Semester Begin
||August 16 (3:00 p.m.)
Planning for Compass Week
Compass Week runs from August 16th through August 19th. Compass Week is required for all new students and will include important academic, professional and social activities. Different events and activities require different clothing. To help you plan your packing needs, here is your guide to appropriate dress for the activities of Compass Week.
|Tuesday, August 16th
|Wedesday, August 17th
|Thursday, August 18th
|Friday, August 19th
||Athletic clothes and tennis shoes
"Business formal" typically means a jacket, tie, button down shirt, matching slacks and dress shoes for men. For women, business attire would typically mean a skirt or slacks, jacket, button down shirt or shell, clear or solid color nylons and closed toed shoes. Also, be sure your shoes are comfortable for walking across campus.