Q: When do I move in, and what are the dates of Orientation?
Arrival Day is Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, when you will move in and get settled. Orientation begins that evening and runs through Monday. Here is information about local accommodations should your family members need lodging.
Q: How does the College determine where and with whom I’ll live?
You will tell us about your personal preferences, study habits and more on the Student Housing Form found in your online Enrollment Guide. With this input, we will match you with a room and roommate(s). Watch for an email from us in mid-July with that information. Learn more about residential life.
Q: What is life on campus like and what student organizations can I join?
You'll find a diverse array of organizations, clubs, teams, performance groups and activities at Connecticut College, all of which are happy to welcome new members. Check out what's available so you can get involved!
Q: Are there any opportunities on campus that transfers should take advantage of right away?
We strongly encourage all students to dive right into life at Connecticut College by joining extracurricular clubs, organizations and teams, and participating in some of the many activities hosted by those groups and the College every day.
During Orientation, you will meet with a career adviser from the Office of Career and Professional Development to immediately begin our intensive four-year career program and learn what steps you will take to secure a College-funded internship in the summer after your junior year.
We also encourage students who transfer in as second-semester first-year students or first-semester sophomores to check out the opportunities offered by the College's five centers for interdisciplinary scholarship, each of which has a different focus: international studies, the environment, arts and technology, public policy and community action, and the study of race and ethnicity. Four of the five centers offer student certificate programs that can be combined with any major. Last but not least, the Museum Studies Certificate Program, though not a center of study, offers a certificate. Other academic opportunities are the Integrative Pathways; every pathway is organized around a central theme, in relation to a student’s animating question.
Q: What are the dining halls and meal plan like?
Students residing on campus are automatically enrolled in a meal plan that allows them use their Connecticut College Camel Card I.D. card to eat in the dining halls as many times as they want in a single day. Harris Refectory, the College's largest dining hall, is located in north campus and is attached to a group of six residence halls known as the "Plex." Smaller, more homey dining halls are located in Smith House, Knowlton House (lunch-only foreign language tables), Addams House and Freeman House. All dining halls are buffet-style and offer a wide range of selections including vegan and vegetarian options. Dining Services offers more specific information on the hours and menus of our dining locations.
Q: What types of advising is available for transfers?
Connecticut College's close-knit campus community ensures that all students, including transfer students, have access to the advising and mentoring they need to make the most out of their Connecticut College experience. If you are a transfer student, your class dean will be available to advise as will a faculty adviser from the department in which you may be most likely to major. A specially selected and trained upper-level student will also be assigned to you. They will be available to answer questions during New Student Orientation, your first few weeks and throughout the year. Learn more about academic advising.
Many students find mentors and support in other places such as the Academic Resource Center, Student Counseling Services, Unity House and the LGBTQIA Center, just to name a few. Advisers in the Office of Career and Professional Development will help you prepare for funded internships and life after college.