WISE Interfaith Pre-orientation

Welcoming Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration (WISE):

Interfaith Pre-Orientation Program

August 2021

Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) and student leaders are excited to offer an interfaith pre-orientation program for incoming Atlanta-campus first-year students for August 17-20, 2021.

During the Emory Interfaith Pre-Orientation Program, incoming undergraduate students will engage in a four-day interfaith experience designed to ease the transition to college while also providing an opportunity to explore Atlanta, build religious and philosophical literacy and interfaith leadership skills, and connect with new friends as you settle into your new home at Emory. The program will provide participants with an introduction to spiritual and interfaith life at Emory and in Atlanta.

We welcome first year students from diverse religious, non-religious, spiritual, and ethical identities. All are welcome. This year all expenses during the program will be covered by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. 

To apply: Please fill out the registration form no later than Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Incoming undergraduate students will be notified by Friday, June 18 whether they have been admitted to the program. Please know that space is limited for this program so sign up today. Students may be placed on a waiting list once capacity is reached. Please do not book travel arrangements until you receive a WISE admission email. For general questions regarding WISE, please contact OSRL Chief of Staff Zachary Cole at zachary.cole@emory.edu


August 2021 program dates:

  • Tuesday, August 17 - New Student Move-in
  • Tuesday, August 17-Friday, August 20 - WISE program runs
  • Saturday, August 21 - Orientation begins

Program Goals

During the programs, first year students will:

  • Explore Atlanta and the Emory campus through visits to vibrant religious and philosophical communities and service and social justice organizations
  • Grow your religious and philosophical literacy skills by experiencing different spiritual practices and meeting leaders from different backgrounds
  • Build leadership skills through workshops and small-group discussion
  • Connect with other first year students and peer leaders and build long-lasting friendships
  • Enjoy fun activities such as outdoor barbeques, campus scavenger hunts, and more!

Peer Mentors

WISE is led by an amazing team of returning student peer mentors. Meet your 2021 WISE peer mentor team here.


Contact the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life

Email us: religiouslife@emory.edu

Give us a ring: 404.727.6226

Visit us:
Cannon Chapel, Suite 316
515 Kilgo Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322

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