BTFO Timeline

July 11, 2013

You are now able to register for Before the Fall Orientation (BTFO)! Registrations are due on Thursday, August 1st.

BTFO is not mandatory, but students are encouraged to attend, and most students do. In our “BTFO Basics” blog post, we answer the question “do we have to go?” in more detail, and give information on what is happening at BTFO. So check out that post if you’re looking for more information about what is happening!

Well when exactly is BTFO? This would be helpful to know before I say I can go! Indeed it will be, so here’s a general timeline for you all:

  • Monday, August 19th
    • 10:30am: International Student Orientation Begins, and will continue throughout the day.
    • Note: Monday is only for international students, who will receive an email with more details about this day.
  • Tuesday, August 20th
    • 1pm: Orientation
    • 2pm-6:30pm: Sessions on Academic Life and Worship
    • 6:30pm: Dinner
    • 7:30pm: Social events throughout evening
  • Wednesday, August 21st
    • 9am-3pm: Sessions on Academic and Student Life
      • 10:30am-11:30am consists of a 30 minute Chapel service and 30 minute coffee hour, as is typical of every week day at YDS
      • Noon: Lunch
    • 3pm-5:30pm: Social outings and gatherings
    • 5:30pm: Dinner with a faculty member in small groups
    • 8pm: Social events throughout evening
  • Thursday, August 22nd
    • 9am-3pm: Sessions on Academic and Student Life
      • 10:30am-11:30am consists of a 30 minute Chapel service and 30 minute coffee hour, as is typical of every week day at YDS
      • Noon: Lunch
    • 3pm-6pm: Social outings and gatherings
    • 6pm: Dinner
    • 7pm: Social events throughout evening
  • Friday, August 23rd
    • 9am-1pm: Sessions on Academic and Student Life
      • 10:30am-11:30am consists of a 30 minute Chapel service and 30 minute coffee hour, as is typical of every week day at YDS
      • Noon: Lunch
    • 1pm-5pm: Engagement in New Haven, conversations and service projects in partnership with community organizations throughout the city. (more details on options, and the ability to rate your placement preference coming soon!)
    • 6pm: Dinner
    • 7pm: Social events throughout evening

Please note that the schedule is still solidifying, and these exact time ranges for general sessions are not likely to change, but some of the most exact times are likely to change from now until BTFO. For example, lunch will not be right at noon every day. You will receive a full schedule at BTFO, and we’ll do our best to update you as our schedule does become more clear. As always, if you have any quesitons, please do not hesitate to contact us at BTFO2013@gmail.com.

And now that you know the timeline, and can read more about what’s happening at our “BTFO Basics” post, you should be ready to register for BTFO today! Registrations are due on Thursday, August 1st.

 
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