A Pre-Orientation Event for First-Generation and International Students First Connections

Tuesday, August 20th – Wednesday, August 21st, 2024

First-generation* students and students coming from abroad make up a vibrant and integral part of the Westmont community, and they are invited to join us for a brief pre-orientation event. Students will move into their residence hall between 9-11am on Tuesday, August 20. Programming will begin that day and run through mid-day on Wednesday, August 21. First Connections programming includes a special celebratory dinner, small group discussions, and parallel programs for parents and guests. Attendees will then be joining the All Student Orientation activities on Wednesday, August 21, at the 3:30 Welcome Session.

Separate tracks have been designed for first-generation students and for international students, which includes missionary and third-culture students. Our programming emphasizes the various elements involved in a new cultural experience and the interpersonal connections vital to thriving in the college environment.

* First-generation students are those whose parents or guardians have not graduated from a 4-year college in the United States.