We’ll help new students prepare for their first year at Carthage through a few pre-arrival orientation sessions held virtually in August and New Student Orientation, which will take place on campus Sept. 3-5.

Orientation is all about getting you ready for success in your classes, answering your questions, making sure you know about campus resources, and helping you connect with your classmates and make friends. We’re going to do all that and more!

For questions about Orientation, contact studentinvolvement@carthage.edu or call 262-551-5800.

Note: This schedule is subject to change.

Are you a transfer student?

Learn about Transfer Move-in and Orientation


Pre-Arrival Orientation Activities (Virtual)

Residential Life: Living in Community

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9
  • Noon, Wednesday, Aug. 17

Commuter Life at Carthage: Resources and Connections

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9
  • Noon, Wednesday, Aug. 17

Supporting Your Carthage Student: Resources for Parents & Families

  • 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9
  • 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 17

New Student Orientation Schedule (In Person)

Carthage’s New Student Orientation is mobile! 
Students can access the complete New Student Orientation schedule from their mobile devices for free. To download, visit the Guidebook website on your device and tap the “download” button. Once the download is complete, search for “Carthage College New Student Orientation” and download the guide.

You will be placed in a small group during New Student Orientation. Your small group will be led by two returning student Orientation Leaders. We call them OLs!


Friday, Sept. 2 (International Students Only)

8 a.m.-2 p.m.
International Student Orientation
More information will be available soon!


Saturday, Sept. 3

8 a.m.-2 p.m.
New Residential Freshman Student Arrival
See the full arrival schedule for your move-in time

1:30-2:30 p.m.
New Commuter Student Arrival
A. W. Clausen Center for World Business
New commuting students arrive on campus and check in at the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lunch available for purchase
The Caf and Campbell Student Union
Students and their families can purchase lunch in The Caf (2nd floor in the Todd Wehr Center) and in the Campbell Student Union. 

2-3 p.m.
Parent/Family Session 
A. F. Siebert Chapel 
This session will feature the same content as the virtual pre-arrival sessions for parents and families.

2-3 p.m.
Commuter Connection Reception 
Straz Atrium, David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences 
Join fellow commuter students for helpful information about commuting to Carthage.

3:30 p.m.
Community Welcome Session 
TARC Field House, N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center 
This session is specifically for new student-athletes, commuting students, and early arriving residential students.

4:30-6 p.m.
Parent/Family Reception 
Donna’s Bites, Hedberg Library 
After saying a final “see you later!” to your student, please join other parents and families for refreshments in the Hedberg Library.

6 p.m.
Meet Your Small Group 
Campus Drive 
Students will meet with their orientation small groups for the first time. 


Sunday, Sept. 4

7:45-8:45 a.m.
Breakfast
The Caf, 2nd floor in the Todd Wehr Center 
Students can eat breakfast in The Caf before beginning the day’s Orientation activities. 

8:45 a.m.
Meet with your small group 
Assigned small group meeting space 
Meet with your small group and get ready for a day of Orientation activities.


Monday, Sept. 5

7:45-8:45 a.m.
Breakfast
The Caf, 2nd floor in the Todd Wehr Center 
Students can eat breakfast in The Caf before beginning the day’s Orientation activities. 

8:45 a.m.
Meet Your Small Group
Campus Drive
Meet with your small group before beginning Orientation activities. 


Tuesday, Sept. 6

7:45-8:45 a.m.
Breakfast
The Caf, 2nd floor in the Todd Wehr Center 
Students can eat breakfast in The Caf before beginning the day’s Orientation activities. 

8:45 a.m.
Meet Your Small Group
Campus Drive
Meet with your small group before beginning Orientation activities.