An orientation leader brings a group of students and parents to the next stop on a tour

Congratulations on your decision to attend Defiance College. Please sign up to attend one of our in-person orientation days! At Orientation/Summer Registration you will get your official Defiance College ID, meet other freshmen, get your class schedule, and learn about being a Yellow Jacket. 


Schedule  |  Move-in Dates  |  FAQs  |  More About Defiance, Ohio



Orientation Schedule :
Two Sessions are available per event. Contact your admission counselor for details.

Morning

  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am
    • Check-in and refreshments - Women’s Commission Art Gallery
  • 9:00 am - 9:10 am
    • President Mankey Welcome - Schomburg Auditorium 
  • 9:15 am - 9:45 am
    • Student Session and Parent Sessions (separate)  
      • Students: Activities with Orientation Leaders 
      •  Parents: “So, Your Child is a DC Student” 
  • 9:45 am - 10:15 am
    • Financial Aid/Finance Session - Schomburg Auditorium 
  • 10:15 am- 11:00 am
    • You’re Officially a Yellow Jacket! - Hubbard Hall 
      • Class Schedule Pick-up
      • Q & A  
      •  Finish Forms & Get Your ID 
  • 11:00 am - 11:20 am
    • Jacket Journey at DC, the Best Place on Earth! - Schomburg Auditorium
  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    • Information Session for Athletes - Buchman Board Room, Serrick Center 
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    • Lunch & Depart - Serrick Center 
      •  Grab DC gear in our Swarm Shop! - Hubbard Hall 
      •  Residence Hall Tours are available as announced 
      • Individual meetings available with:  
        • Accessibility Services - Defiance Hall, 202
        • Business Office - Defiance Hall, 214 
        • Financial Aid - Serrick Campus Center, 204 
        • Registrar - Serrick Campus Center, 204 

Afternoon

  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    • Check in and refreshments - Women’s Commission Art Gallery
  • 2:00 pm - 2:10 pm
    • President Mankey Welcome - Schomburg Auditorium 
  • 2:15 pm -2:45 pm
    • Student Session and Parent Sessions (separate)  
      • Students: Activities with Orientation Leaders 
      •  Parents: “So, Your Child is a DC Student” 
  • 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    • Financial Aid/Finance Session - Schomburg Auditorium 
  • 3:15 pm- 4:00 pm
    • You’re Officially a Yellow Jacket! - Hubbard Hall 
      • Class Schedule Pick-up
      • Q & A  
      •  Finish Forms & Get Your ID 
  • 4:00 pm - 4:20 pm
    • Jacket Journey at DC, the Best Place on Earth! - Schomburg Auditorium
  • 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    • Information Session for Athletes - Buchman Board Room, Serrick Center 
  • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Dinner & Depart - Serrick Center 
      •  Grab DC gear in our Swarm Shop! - Hubbard Hall 
      •  Residence Hall Tours are available as announced 
      • Individual meetings available with:  
        •  Accessibility Services - Defiance Hall, 202 
        • Business Office - Defiance Hall, 214 
        •  Financial Aid - Serrick Campus Center, 204  
        • Registrar - Serrick Campus Center, 204 


Move-in date (for non-fall athletes)
- Friday, August 19

Fall Sports Move-In Dates

  • Cross Country – August 16
    • First Practice – August 17
  • Football – August 9
    • First Practice – August 11
  • Women’s Golf – August 15
    • First Practice – August 16
  • Cheerleading/Dance – August 19
    • First Practice – August 20
  • Volleyball – August 16
    • First Practice – August 18
  • Men’s Soccer – August 15
    • First Practice – August 17
  • Women’s Soccer – August 15
    • First Practice – August 17

FAQs

Is orientation a required event for incoming students?
No, orientation is not required, but some of the information you will receive will need to be addressed individually over the summer with an admission counselor.

What if I can’t come to an orientation day?
Most of the information will be communicated over the summer. Please contact your admission counselor for any information you may miss from orientation.

What if I live far away and can’t attend an in-person orientation?
Good news, DC does offer a virtual orientation!  Register for the virtual orientation here

Can my parents/guardians come with me?
We encourage parents to join their future Yellow Jackets at orientation. There will be a couple of parent/guardian-focused events as well.

What do I wear?!
Casual attire is appropriate. 

Will I be able to select my classes during Orientation?
No. Students should register for fall semester classes beforehand. Students should speak with the registrar's office if they have any questions. They can be emailed at registrar@defiance.edu. Course schedules can be picked up during orientation as well.

Will I be able to change classes?
Yes, students will be able to meet with the registrar during orientation.

Will I be able to meet with the faculty?
Yes, during the resource fair faculty will be able to talk with students and answer questions. 

Where do I park?
Park in the Serrick or Dana lot off of Sessions Ave. There will be signs and orientation leaders directing traffic. For our campus map click here.

What if I have a food allergy?
Students with food allergies should contact Ellen Erickson at eerickson@defiance.edu

Can I get another tour during orientation?
Yes, orientation leaders will be able to give dorm and general tours during orientation.

More about Defiance ... the town
Defiance, Ohio is a scenic town in northwest Ohio located where the Maumee and Auglaize Rivers meet. There is a rich history in Defiance, including Fort Defiance and the restored Miami and Erie Canal Lock. The Main Street District in downtown has been revitalized, and people gather at the many restaurants, boutiques, and events. Throughout the year many events are held from Ribfest to the Lilac Festival to many historic activities. For a complete list of Defiance events visit: www.visitdefianceohio.com

There is a wide variety of restaurants in the town of Defiance. Situated an hour away from Fort Wayne and Toledo, one will easily be able to find what one needs if for some reason it can’t be found in Defiance. Defiance does have multiple grocery stores and shopping locations. The Northtowne Mall Plaza is located within walking distance from Defiance College, where there are multiple clothing stores, sporting goods stores, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and many dining options.