New Parents Orientation

Arrival Day is Friday, August 22, 2014

Orientation for new students arriving in Fall 2014 will begin August 22, Arrival Day. It includes a Program for Parents and Families. Move-in is from 9-11 a.m. Visit the Orientation website.

Learn how your student will spend an average day at the College by touring the campus, meet informally with faculty, attend mini-classes and workshops, and see College facilities. Staff from Information Services will be on hand at the IT Service Desk in Shain Library to answer questions about connecting to the campus network, using email and ordering personal computers.

From 12:45-2:30 p.m., parents take part in programs on various aspects of the academic program and student life while students get acquainted with their roommates, housemates and student leaders in their residential halls.

At 3 p.m., we invite you to attend the President’s Assembly in Palmer Auditorium. Following the assembly, all are invited to attend a reception for parents and students. Afterward, parents say their goodbyes and students head off to start Orientation.

Detailed information on Orientation will be emailed to your student in August and posted at

Spring Semester Orientation for First-Year Students and Transfers

First-year and transfer students entering the College at mid-year have their own special orientation program. The sessions are designed to acquaint you fully with the College and to help your student matriculate quickly and easily.

Optional Fall Pre-Orientation Programs for First-Year Students

We offer two optional pre-orientation programs in the fall: Genesis, and Odyssey.

Genesis and Odyssey also have a parent component. It is important that parents who participate in these programs stay for the activities on Arrival Day. Here is information about local hotel and lodging accommodations for families. More information on these programs is sent to students during the summer.


Genesis is on Thursday and Friday before Arrival Day. This program is for underrepresented students, including students of color and first-generation college students. It includes a segment for parents and guardians, giving them an opportunity to meet with the academic deans and administrators from the College’s career-planning program, health services, counseling services, student life, financial aid and other offices.

The deadline to sign up is July 1. For more information, contact Elizabeth Garcia, dean of multicultural affairs, at or 860-439-2628.

Odyssey, for international students

Odyssey helps first-year international students and their families become familiar with the campus and with each other prior to the arrival of the rest of the first-year students. Participation in the program is voluntary but encouraged. The deadline to sign up is July 1. For more information, contact the program's international student adviser, Antonio Jefferson, at or 860-439-5249.

LGBTQ Mentoring Program

The Queer Peer Mentoring Program introduces incoming lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students to the community at Connecticut College through a series of social and educational events during the fall semester. Students can join the group upon arrival but are welcome to signal their advance interest by contacting Jen Manion, the director of the LGBTQ Resource Center, at Visit for more information about the Center.