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What to Expect at Orientation

What should you expect from Carthage’s New Student Orientation?

Expect an early start.

Check-in starts before you even arrive on campus through the online check-in process in your My.Carthage portal. Orientation is a three-day program that begins on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Most families arrive right away so they have plenty of time to unpack before orientation activities begin. 

Expect an awesome orientation leader.

You will meet more than 75 energetic orientation leaders and orientation crew members during orientation. These students — a mix of sophomores, juniors, and seniors — are excited to meet you, learn your stories, and guide and teach you much of the critical information you will need at Carthage. They’ll be easy to spot (thanks to their brightly colored T-shirts) and eager to help, so ask them anything.

Expect to make new friends.

“My favorite moment on campus so far was on the first day of orientation freshman year, when my fear of not making any friends was put to rest,” recalls Sarah Dunn ’16. “On that day I met the person who is now my best friend on campus.”

Expect to learn a lot.

Orientation is designed to make new students feel like Carthage pros before classes even begin. There will be several informational sessions that focus on your transition to Carthage. On Day 1, you’ll get some broad information. By Day 3, you’ll be mastering the finer details of campus life.

Expect some parking lot crowds.

Carthage has ample parking on campus, but with many new families moving their students into their residence halls, you should be prepared for some crowds. Families should enter campus at the north entrance (at the stoplight) and park in the north lots. Check-in will be held in the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business. After checking in, you may move your car to the South Lower Parking Lot, just west of the TARC. Campus Security will also direct families to available unloading spots on Campus Drive. Please note that Campus Drive will only allow southbound traffic that day. 
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Expect a lot of walking.

Our campus is a linear campus, and only a half-mile long, but you’re going to be doing a lot of walking between building and orientation activities. Students and families should wear comfortable shoes and clothes!

Expect to think.

All first-year students read the same book over the summer as part of Carthage’s First Year Read experience. The 2019-20 First Year Read is The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois. Look for your copy to arrive in July. Then read it, mark it up, and be ready to talk about it during Orientation and your fall semester Western Heritage seminar. All incoming students will meet with their Western Heritage instructors and classmates for an hour on the Tuesday before classes begin to discuss the assigned reading and get to know each other.

Can’t make it?

Preparing you for life at Carthage is one of the most critical steps to your success. If you cannot attend New Student Orientation for whatever reason, please contact the Division of Student Affairs at 262-551-5800 and speak with one of our staff members.