Move-In Schedule Fall 2016

Western Michigan University is excited to welcome students to campus! With 5,000 students anxious to move in and get settled, we’ve designed a move-in system that differentiates between new and returning students. Please refer to the chart below to see what date and, for new students, what time you should arrive.

The residence halls will not open their doors prior to the official move-in time, so you don’t need to arrive early to “beat the rush.” We’ve already taken care of spreading out arrival times to minimize your wait for unloading, checking in and the elevators.

Student group

Move-in date

Move-in time

First-year students

New residents move in over three days. Which day you arrive depends on if you are a part of a specific early move-in program. Early program participants will be notified by their program coordinator or college by Aug. 1 confirming their arrival date.

Note: Non-early program participants who move in early will be charged $100 for the additional day(s).

Your move-in time is based on your last name.

Early program participants 1
Monday, Aug. 29

Lee Honors College

1 to 4 p.m. EST

Building meetings for all students 5 p.m.

Early program participants 2
Tuesday, Aug. 30

First-Year Seminar, Alpha, Trio, Sieta, Emerging Leaders, MLK Academy, ROTC and AFROTC

A to K      9 a.m. to noon EST

L to Z      1 to 4 p.m. EST

Final freshman orientation, ROTC and AFROTC participants move in from 9 a.m. to noon regardless of last name.

Floor meetings for all students at 5:30 p.m. 

Fall Welcome
Wednesday, Aug. 31

A to K      9 a.m. to noon EST
L to Z      1 to 4 p.m. EST

Floor meetings for all students at 5:30 p.m.

Returning students

Friday, Sept. 2

Halls open at 9 a.m. EST. Students may check in any day during Labor Day weekend.

Transfer students

Fall Welcome 
participants 

Wednesday, Aug. 31

Move in from 9 a.m. to noon EST regardless of last name.

If you are a new-to-WMU student participating in First-Year Seminar, Lee Honors College, Emerging Leaders, MLK Academy, ROTC or AFROTC, move in following the First-Year Student schedule for Early Program Participant

Friday, Sept. 2

Halls open at 9 a.m. EST. Students may check in any day during Labor Day weekend.

International students

New international students
Sunday, Aug. 28

New students may arrive beginning at 9 a.m. EST. Please note: This move-in date is prior to the date the housing contract officially starts and you will incur additional costs. If you arrive prior to this move-in date, please make arrangements for other accommodations until you can check in. Please refer to your international student orientation newsletter for details.

Returning international students
Friday, Sept. 2

Halls open at 9 a.m. EST. Students may check in any day during Labor Day weekend.

EARLY ARRIVAL—CAN I MOVE IN BEFORE MY SCHEDULED DATE?

Students are not able to move in earlier than their assigned move-in date. If you have a conflict, you are welcome to move in at a later time than your scheduled arrival day. You do not need to arrive on your assigned day.

LATE ARRIVAL—CAN I MOVE IN AFTER MY SCHEDULED DATE?

You are welcome to move in any day after your assigned move-in date. Students who will be moving in after the first week of school should contact the Residence Life office so their room can be held.

Fall Welcome participants who will not be arriving on their move-in day should contact the First Year Experience office at (269) 387-2167 for directions on checking into the program. You will need a program book, ambassador group assignment and name tag to eat.