Arrival Day for new students in the Fall  

Orientation for new students begins on Arrival Day. 

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In a typical fall Orientation, you and 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.

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.

There is a President’s Assembly in the afternoon, followed by a reception for parents and students. Afterward, parents say their goodbyes and students head off to start Orientation.

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 takes place 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.

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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. For more information, contact the program's international student adviser, Carmela Patton,, 860-439-2050.