University Life

New Student OrientationNew Student Orientation

The decision to attend Indiana Tech is the beginning of an extremely rewarding experience for you and your family. While this is certainly an exciting time, the transition into a university community can be challenging for both students and parents.

Our student orientation program, held right before classes begin in August, introduces our Indiana Tech campus, important student services, and academic expectations.

2016 Schedule

Friday, August 19 (Move In Day) – Sunday, August 21

Below is the schedule for this year’s orientation.

Friday, August 19

8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Residence Hall Check-In

Andorfer Commons, Concession Stand
Residential Students arrive first to the Magee-O’Connor Theater in Andorfer Commons to ensure all of the business is in order before being cleared to pick up their key. So start here first!

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Move-In Lunch

Andorfer Commons, Dining Hall
Everyone is invited to lunch in the cool, sweet air conditioning of the Dining Hall. Just what you need after carrying boxes up the stairs.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Parent Session – “You Say Goodbye, We Say Hello.”

Andorfer Commons, Magee O’Connor Theater
Parents, join us for a frank discussion and tips to make your student’s college transition successful, from  your point and theirs. Dr. Justin Boyce, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Cindy Verduce, mother of five and Director of the Career Center, will lead the discussion. Bring your questions, concerns, and honest emotions!

3:15 – 3:25 p.m., Commuter Student Check-In & Orientation Group Huddle

Andorfer Commons, Concession Stand
Calling all new, freshman Commuters! Stop in at the concession stand first so you can pick up your schedules and name tags before meeting with your orientation groups.

3:30 p.m., Orientation Group Meet Up #1

Location Assigned
Orientaiton groups meet to discuss what is going on for the rest of the day and answer any burning questions students have before orientation really kicks off.

4 – 4:30 p.m., Warrior Welcome

Schaefer Center, Gymnasium
It’s a Warrior Welcome to orientation with Dr. Daniel Stoker, vice president for student affairs and Dr. John Shannon, vice president for academic affairs. All freshmen gather in the gym as they become part of the Warrior Family.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Playfair

Academic Center Lawn (Rain Location: Schaefer Center, Gymnasium)
Before going off to dinner, it’s time to get up close and personal with your fellow Warriors. Designed to encourage students to push themselves a tad, while laughing, Playfair mixes it up, so that by the time students are done, the idea of spending a few days with “strangers” is less intimidating. It’s time to start breaking down barriers.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Welcome Back-Yard BBQ

Andorfer Commons Lawn, Scully Square
A big day deserves a big meal. And an inflatable obstacle course. And good music. And great big balloons. But mostly great food! Come one, come all – all Warriors are invited to the Welcome BBQ. (Faculty & Staff Included)

8 p.m., Residence Hall Meetings

Floor Lobbies
Get to know your Resident Assistant and the other Warriors on your floor along with the rules which will make everyone’s life run smooth. A time of socialization and learning how to live as a residential community.

Saturday, August 20

9:30 – 10 a.m., Breakfast with Your Orientation Group

Andorfer Commons, Dining Hall & Rec Center
It’s a big day, so start it off by fueling yourselves and getting familiar with the schedule with your Orientation Captain and your group.

10 – 10:20 a.m., Academic Coaching Session

 COB: Andorfer Commons, Seitz Conference Center                                                                  COGS: Academic Center, Multi-Flex Theater                                                                                COECS: Andorfer Commons, Magee O’Connor Theater
Meet your personal Academic Coach who is here to support you through graduation. Learn how to manage your time, determine your learning style, and how to study to your learning style. Start the semester off strong by having a definite plan to succeed.

10:30 – 12:45 p.m., Academic Sessions & Lunch

 COB: Cunningham Business Center, First Floor Lobby                                                            COGS: Academic Center, Multi-Flex Theater                                                                                      COECS: Starts in the Magee-O’Connor Theater, then move to Zollner Engineering Center
Before starting classes, we want you to spend some time with your college and advisors to find out more about what your path will look like. Finish your time eating lunch with facutly and staff from your college.

12:45 – 1 p.m., Orientation Group Meet Up

As Arranged
Shake off your “lunch coma,” meet back up with your orientation group so you refocus for the afternoon.

1 – 2:30 p.m., How ‘Bout This Party?

Academic Center, Multi-Flex Theater (Group A)
Your college life extends beyond the classroom. Factors surrounding sexual assault on college campuses across the country are becoming more and more complex. This interactive session promotes audience participation and discussion to help guide choices you may face.

1 – 2:30 p.m., Navigating Your Way

Andorfer Commons, Seitz Conference Center (Group B)
Students interested in working on campus can attend this important session and learn how to start the process early.  Feel free to bring your box lunch with you.

2:45 – 4:15 p.m., How ‘Bout This Party?

Academic Center, Multi-Flex Theater (Group B)
Your college life extends beyond the classroom. Factors surrounding sexual assault on college campuses across the country are becoming more and more complex. This interactive session promotes audience participation and discussion to help guide choices you may face.

12:45 – 4:15 p.m., Navigating Your Way

Andorfer Commons, Seitz Conference Center (Group A)
Students interested in working on campus can attend this important session and learn how to start the process early.  Feel free to bring your box lunch with you.

8 p.m., Student Life Presents: Comedian JR De Guzman

Academic Center, Multi-Flex Theater
After a long day in the sun, what better way to relax than with a lot of laughs with your new friends? Enjoy some good laughs with friends in the Multi-Flex Theater.

10 p.m.- 12 a.m., Late Night Rockin’ in the Rec

Andorfer Commons, Recreation Center
There are gummy candies. There is glow bowling. There are video games. There is fun. This is Saturday late night in the Rec!


Sunday, August 21

9 – 9:30 a.m., Faith Services Fall Chapel (optional)

Andorfer Commons, Chapel
Join Faith Services for a light breakfast and worship time. Meet our faith partners in the community and other students who want to live out their faith, too.

9 – 9:30 a.m., Student-Veteran Success (optional)

Andorfer Commons, Room 242
Meet our Veteran’s Specialist, Ben Parker. Learn about how to transition from military life to college life successfully. Find out how your military training and skills translate to being successful in your college coursework.

9:45 – 10 a.m., Orientation Group Huddle

As Arranged
Wake up, sleepyheads! Gather as your orientation group and get ready for the downward slope of orientation!

10 – 11 a.m., Get Out of Your Bubble!

Academic Center, Multi-Flex Theater
Your college experience will expand your vision of a world so much greater than yourself. Indiana Tech is part of that ever-changing world. Understanding our campus will help you understand the world around you, now and in the future.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Ready, Set, Connect! @ Tech

Academic Center, Atrium & Multi-Flex Theater
What have students told us they want to know more about? Student orgs, intramurals, the campus nurse, getting a job on campus, tutoring, and more! Come meet the departments and people who can really get you connected to campus and each other. There is a FitBit on the line, and the more you participate, the more likely you will go home with it!

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Taste of Fort Wayne

Andorfer Commons, Seitz Conference Center
Fort Wayne loves to eat, you’ll learn this quickly once you are here. Commuters may know of some of our hiddle “food gems,” but we take this lunch to feature some of our local favorite restaurants which students can easily access. Expand your tastes past those midnight fast food runs!

1 – 1:30 p.m. Orientation Wrap-Up

As Arranged
As we finish up, orientation, gather one final time as an orientation group to get a final piece of advice and get any leftover questions answered.

8 p.m., Movie on the Lawn: Central Intelligence

Andorfer Commons Lawn, Scully Square
Grab your blankets, lawn chairs, snacks, and your new friends for a night out on the Amphitheater lawn for an outdoor screening of “Central Intelligence.”

Tying Up Loose Ends


If you have not registered for classes yet, you will need to contact your academic advisor or admissions counselor to schedule a time to register for your classes. You will activate your Indiana Tech student account and may take placement exams. Contact your admissions counselor for more information.


If you still need to set up a payment plan, make a tuition payment, or complete other paperwork through the Business Office or Financial Aid Office, we will have staff available in the Abbott Center to help you. The best times to take care of this is from 8:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, August 19.

Textbook Pickup

If you’re registered and cleared, you may pick up your textbooks at your convenience from the bookroom prior to classes starting Monday! The Bookroom, located in the Fieldhouse room 143, will be open Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday during orientation weekend only from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Bookroom’s regular schedule is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Just bring your student ID.

Tech Treasures

Our University gift shop, located in the Andorfer Commons on the first floor, will be open on August 19th from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during move-in day and then will return to normal hours on August 22.  Get the latest and greatest Tech Gear.  Come see what’s new for the fall.

Welcome Week

Want to know what’s going on around campus during your first week at Tech? Check out all the fun Student Life has just for you! Welcome Week