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International Pre-Orientation Program


Office of International Student Services

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



The Knox Shop
A view of the Gizmo patio from above.

September 4-6

Welcome to the Knox community, your new home away from home!

The Office of International Student Services is excited to welcome you to the International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP) at Knox College! During IPOP, you'll take care of important things—like setting up a bank account, learning about your student visa, and more—and you'll start building a community of peers. Your family is also invited to join us for International Family and Friends Orientation.

International Student Orientation is provided as a supplement to New Student Orientation, and participation in both orientation programs is required for F-1 visa students. U.S. students from abroad are welcome to participate for an additional fee upon making reservations with the Office of International Student Services.

Things to know:

  • Events marked with asterisks (*) are mandatory.
  • The Knox College Bookstore is open from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Jump to each day's schedule: September 4  l  September 5  l  September 6  l  September 7 

Monday, September 4

12:00 - 5:00 p.m.—New Student Check-In
We're excited to meet you! When you arrive to campus, check in to pick up your room keys and orientation packet.
Alumni Hall, Knight Student Lounge (1st Floor)

1:30 p.m.—Campus Tour
Take a first look at your new home! A current Knox Student will be your guide.
Depart from Alumni Hall

2:30 p.m.—Share Shop
Need something for your dorm room? See if you can find it in the Share Shop.
Share Shop, basement of Conger-Neal Hall. Depart from Alumni Hall.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.—Computer and Device Connections
Get help connecting our laptop and other devices to the wireless network. Founders Lab open until 10:00 p.m. for computer access.
Founders Lab, Seymour Union

4:00 p.m.—Banking & Cell Phone Information 
Learn how to set up a bank account and cell phone in Galesburg.
Trustees Room, Alumni Hall

5:00 p.m.—Campus Tour
Take a first look at your new home! A current Knox Student will be your guide. 
Depart from Alumni Hall

5:00 - 9:00 p.m.—New Student Check-In
If you arrive to campus after 5:00 p.m., please check in at Campus Safety, located in the Administrative Services Center. Knock on the door or call (309)341-7979 to reach a Campus Safety Officer. Then come to New Student Check-In at Alumni Hall.
Administrative Services Center, 368 S. Prairie Street

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.—Dinner
Meet at Alumni Hall at 6:00 p.m. to go to dinner with a group.
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.—Shopping Trip
Depart from Alumni Hall for Target or Walmart

8:30 - 11:00p.m.—Evening Games
Join other new students for pool, ping pong, and board games!
Taylor Lounge, Seymour Union

Tuesday, September 5

6:30-8:00 a.m.—Breakfast
Meet at Hard Knox Café at 7:45 a.m. to go to breakfast with a group.   
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.—Business Office Open
Old Main 106

8:30 - 11:00 a.m.—*Resource Fair
Open a bank account, get a SIM card for your phone, and sign up for dinner on Wednesday evening at a restaurant in downtown Galesburg. Bring your passport and I-20, as well as your phone, charger, and a credit/debit card or cash if you plan to get a SIM card. Note: if you need to purchase a phone, you can do that during one of our shopping trips. Location TBD.

In Founders Lab: Get help connecting your laptop or other devices to the wireless network, and find your I-94 immigration record (F-1 students). 

At Dining Services: Get your Knox College student ID.

At the Share Shop: Find items for your dorm room at the Share Shop, the campus donation center. Located in the basement of Conger-Neal Hall. 

11:15 a.m.—*Welcome
Meet the Office of International Student Services and your IPOP group. Bring your passport and I-20 to turn in for a document check. They'll be returned in the afternoon.    
Trustees Room, Alumni Hall

11:45 p.m.—*IPOP Group Meeting & Lunch
See your IPOP Leader.     
Hard Knox Cafe, Seymour Union

1:15 - 3:05 p.m.—*Academic Culture in the U.S.
Purple Group 1:15 p.m., Gold Group 2:15 p.m.   
Muelder Reading Room, Seymour Library

1:15 - 3:05 p.m.*—Culture and Culture Shock
Gold Group 1:15 p.m., Purple Group 2:15 p.m.
A207, Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center

3:05-3:45 p.m.—*IPOP Group Meeting
See your IPOP Leader. 

4:00-5:00 p.m.—*Campus Jobs & Employment Workshop
Complete payroll paperwork and learn about campus jobs and other employment opportunities in the U.S. OISS will return your passport and I-20. If you have already set up your bank account, bring your account information with you.    
Round Room, Center for Fine Arts

5:30-7:30 p.m.—*Dinner with your IPOP Group       
See your Orientation Leader. 

7:00 p.m. Women's Volleyball vs. Eureka College

Memorial Gymnasium 

7:00-9:00 p.m.—Shopping Trip 
Depart from Alumni Hall for Target or Walmart

8:00-10:00 p.m.—Mug Decorating

Personalize your own coffee or tea mug!

Taylor Lounge, Seymour Union

8:00-11:00 p.m.—Evening Games
Join other new students for pool, ping pong, and board games!
Taylor Lounge, Seymour Union

Wednesday, September 6

6:30-8:30 a.m.—Breakfast

8:45-9:30 a.m.—*Meeting with IPOP Group

9:45-11:35 a.m.—*Health & Wellness at Knox
Learn about health and wellness resources at Knox, and what to do if you're sick. Purple Group 9:45 a.m., Gold Group 10:45 a.m.  
Trustees Room, Alumni Hall

9:00-11:35 a.m.—*Diversity in the U.S.
Join the Center for Intercultural Life for a conversation about the diverse cultures, histories, and religions of the U.S. and Knox College. Gold Group 9:45 a.m., Purple Group 10:45 a.m.    
A207, Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center

11:35-1:20 p.m.—*Lunch and Meeting with IPOP Group

1:30 - 3:20 p.m.—*Library Orientation
Meet Knox librarians and learn about resources and services available at academic libraries in the U.S. Purple group 1:30 p.m., Gold Group 2:30 p.m.
Second Floor, Seymour Library

1:30 - 3:20 p.m.—*F-1 Visa Regulations
Learn about the benefits of F-1 status and how to comply with F-1 regulations. Not required for U.S. citizens or visa types other than F-1. Gold Group 1:30 p.m., Purple Group 2:20 p.m.
Trustees Room, Alumni Hall

3:20 - 3:50 p.m.—International Tea Hour
Join OISS for a tea break.      
Knight Student Lounge and Patio, Alumni Hall 

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.—*Writing Assessment
Don't sweat it! This assessment will help you and your advisor select classes at the best course level for you. 
A207 and A210, Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center 

5:15 p.m.—*Dinner in Downtown Galesburg
Explore your new town! Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in downtown Galesburg.   
Depart from Alumni Hall Atrium.

7:00 p.m.—*Study Abroad Reflection
Write a letter to your future self about your goals and dreams for your study abroad experience.
Various locations, see your OL

8:00-10:00 p.m.—Lip Sync Battle
Taylor Lounge, Seymour Union

Thursday, September 7

One Community: New Student Orientation begins today! Attendance is required for all events with an asterisk (*). Please refer to the New Student Orientation schedule of events, and check back daily for updates.

6:30-8:30 a.m.—Breakfast 
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

8:30-8:50 a.m.—*IPOP Group Meeting  
See your OL

9:00-11:00 a.m.—*ITS Orientation
Learn how to access the Knox computing systems. Purple group, 9:00 a.m.; Gold group, 10:00 a.m.

Cat and Stellyes Labs, Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center 

9:00-11:00 a.m.—*Tough Topics
Join OISS for a conversation about tough topics. Gold group, 9:00 a.m.; Gold group, 10:00 a.m.

A207, Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center    

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.—Lunch
Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union

2:00 p.m.—*Suite Meeting     
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