New students are encouraged to attend orientation before their first semester at Kendall.

Shortly after a student is accepted into Kendall, they will receive an invitation for the orientation session that is open to them. Orientation is a one day event. It consists of several scheduled sessions (note: this is not an open house format). At orientation, you will hear from staff that offer services and resources necessary to your time at Kendall. You will also meet current students that have great advice about life at Kendall. Kendall offers one orientation session before each of the fall, spring and summer (summer one only) semesters. Graduate student orientation is only offered before the fall semester.

Orientation Dates

  • International Students: Fall 2014: Monday, August 18, 2014
  • Undergraduate Students: Fall 2014: Monday, July 7, 2014 OR Thursday, August 21, 2014 (All new undergraduate students. Undergraduate students are students seeking a bachelor degree. You will choose only ONE date.)
  • Exploration Day: Fall 2014: Friday, August 22, 2014 (Open to undergraduate and graduate students.) RSVP Required.
  • Graduate Students: Fall 2014: Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fall - Graduate Orientation Schedule

Times and sessions may vary based on needs.

  • 9:00 am to 9:30 am - Check in, Student IDs, Bus Passes
  • 9:30 am to 10:30 pm - Welcome and Campus Resources
  • 10:30 pm to 12:00 pm - Discussion with Faculty and Important Information for each Program

Fall - Undergraduate Orientation Schedule

Times and sessions may vary based on needs.

  • 9:00 am to 9:45 am - Check in, Student IDs, Bus Passes
  • 10:00 am - Welcome Address
  • 10:30 am - Students: Critical Transitions Session, Families: Panel Discussion-Tips on being a support person for a KCAD student
  • 11:30 am - Students: Lunch with Faculty, Families: Lunch with KCAD Staff
  • 12:30 pm - Students: Discussion with KCAD Mentors, Families: Tour of KCAD and Downtown Grand Rapids
  • 1:30 pm - Student: Get your Student ID, Bus Pass, and KCAD Library Access
  • 2:30 pm - Closing remarks

Fall - Exploration Day

Friday, August 22, 2014

    Beginning at 11:00am, the Exploration Day will include:

  • A walking tour of Grand Rapids led by Student Organization representatives.
  • Lunch for students registered for Exploration Day.
  • A tour of KCAD Facilities, led by KCAD students.
  • The opportunity to learn to use The Rapid-Grand Rapids' local bus system. KCAD representatives will take you on the bus to a local shopping area.
  • All KCAD students receive FREE Rapid bus passes.

    Invitations were sent to new students with their orientation invites.

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