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Orientation Schedule

New Student Orientation begins on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, and includes three full days of activities, as well as orientation events throughout the week.

Note: This schedule is subject to change. All students will receive a printed copy of the orientation schedule when they arrive on campus.

Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

New Student Arrival
A. W. Clausen Center for World Business

  • 9-10 a.m. — Residential students, Last names A-K
  • 10 a.m.-11 a.m. — Residential students, Last names L-R
  • 11 a.m.-Noon — Residential students, Last names S-Z
    Following orientation check-in, residential students proceed to residential hall move-in.
  • Noon-1 p.m. — Commuter students

Your first stop will be New Student Arrival, which is located in the A. W. Clausen Center on the north end of campus. See campus map. Here, you will need to present the Virtual Check-in Sticker you received upon completing all tasks in Carthage’s Online Check-in system. You may present this sticker on a mobile phone or other device, or you can show a print-out. While you navigate the arrival process, your parents can visit the Parent/Family Pit Stop for light refreshments.
* Parents and families: Only your student will be able to go through the check-in process. Please visit the Parent/Family Pit Stop during this time. We respectfully ask that family pets stay at home, with the exception of service animals.

9 a.m.-1 P.m.

Parent/Family Pit Stop
A. W. Clausen Center for World Business
As parents wait for their students to complete the arrival process, they can enjoy food and beverages, pick up a schedule for parents/families, and sign up to receive Carthage’s parent e-newsletter. Learn how you can stay connected with Carthage all year long.

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

New Residential Student Move-In
All Residence Halls
After residential students complete the arrival process, they can move their belongings into their residence halls.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lunch Available for Purchase
The Caf (Todd Wehr Center); Campbell Student Union
Lunch will be available for purchase in the college cafeteria, located on the second floor of the Todd Wehr Center, or at one of the eateries in the Campbell Student Union. Learn more about campus dining options.

1:30-2:30 P.M.

Parent/Family Session: Supporting Students for Success at Carthage
Todd Wehr Center Jockey Rooms (first floor)
Parents are invited to a special session led by staff from Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. Learn how you can support your student for success at Carthage.

1:30-2:15 p.m.

For Residential Students: Community Living Meeting
A. F. Siebert Chapel
All residential students will convene in the Chapel to learn more about the expectations for and resources available to residential students.

1:30-2:15 P.M.

For Commuter Students: Commuter Meeting/Reception
Integrated Sciences Pavilion, Science Center
All new students commuting from their parent/guardian’s homes will enjoy learning about college resources, tips for commuting, and community expectations. A light snack is included.

3-4 p.m.

Community Welcome
TARC Field House
The Carthage community officially welcomes students and families to Carthage! 

4-4:15 p.m.

Say Goodbye to Families and Meet Orientation Small Groups
Campus Drive
It’s time for students to say goodbye to their families and begin New Student Orientation. Students will receive their assigned small groups with their orientation schedule at New Student Arrival.

4:15-5:15 p.m.

Small Group Session 1: Getting to Know You
Group Locations
Sign Kissing Rock, take a group photo, enjoy a campus tour, and learn the Carthage Fight Song.

5:15-7:30 p.m.

Activity Rotation A: Getting Things Started
Various Locations
Small groups will rotate among activities that include dinner, a campus tour, and a session about staying safe on campus.

7:30-9 p.m.

Activity Rotation B: Becoming a Carthaginian
Various Locations
Small groups will rotate among activities that include signing Kissing Rock, learning the Carthage Fight Song, and the “Legacy of Carthage.” 

9-10:30 p.m.

Art Keller Field (Rain Location: TARC Field House/Tarble Arena)
Playfair is unlike anything you have ever experienced. It’s entertainment! It’s fun! It’s the perfect way to meet your classmates!

10:30-11 p.m.

Class Photo
Art Keller Field (Rain Location: TARC Field House/Tarble Arena)
Capture a photo of the entire class of 2022 during your first day together for Carthage history!

Monday, Sept. 3, 2018

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Breakfast with Small Groups 
The Caf (Todd Wehr Center)
Groups 1-12 meet at 7:45 a.m. Groups 13-24 meet at 8 a.m. Groups 25-36 meet at 8:15 a.m. 

8:45 a.m.

Meet Small Groups
Group Locations

9-11:45 a.m.

Activity Rotation C: Involve, Engage, and Connect to Campus Life
Rotating Locations

  • Engaging in Community — Jockey Rooms (Todd Wehr Center)
  • Getting Connected at Carthage: Technology, and Online Resources — Todd Wehr Center 128
  • Career Services, Experiential Learning, and Study Away — A. F. Siebert Chapel

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Lunch with Small Groups
The Caf
Groups 1-12 meet at noon. Groups 13-24 meet at 12:30 p.m. Groups 25-36 meet at 1 p.m.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Small Group Session 2: Getting to Know You Part II — Cultural Identity
Group Locations

2:30-5:30 p.m.

Activity Rotation D: Next Steps
Rotating Locations

  • Where Do You Stand? — Small Group Locations
  • Managing College Finances — A. F. Siebert Chapel
  • Break: Visit the Bookstore, take a Class Schedule Tour, or participate in a music audition — Various locations

5:30-7 p.m.

Dinner with Small Groups
The Caf
Groups 1-12 meet at 5:30 p.m. Groups 13-24 meet at 6 p.m. Groups 25-36 meet at 6:30 p.m.

7-8:30 p.m.

Small Group Session 3: A Community of Respect
A. F. Siebert Chapel
This session will focus on Title IX and safety-related issues. We all have a role to play in keeping our community safe, ranging from knowledge to action. At the core of the role each of us plays is respect.

8:30-10:30 p.m.

VIP Night
Campbell Student Union
New students get exclusive run of the union. Enjoy late-night shopping in the bookstore, freebies, food samples from the retail food venues, billiards, and more! Sponsored by the Carthage Activities Board (CAB), Sodexo, and Barnes and Noble at Carthage.

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Breakfast with Small Groups
The Caf
Groups 1-12 meet at 7:45 a.m. Groups 13-24 meet at 8 a.m. Groups 25-36 meet at 8:15 a.m.

8:30-9 a.m.

Small Group Session 4: Next Steps
Group Locations

9:15 a.m.-11 a.m.

Activity Rotation E: Transitioning to the Classroom
Rotating locations

  • College Classroom Expectations — Jockey Rooms, Todd Wehr Center
  • Academic Services (Writing Center, Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, Learning Accessibility) — Siebert Chapel 

11 a.m.-noon

Small Group Session 5: Putting it All Together
Group Locations

Noon-1:15 p.m.

Lunch with Small Groups
The Caf
Groups 1-12 meet at noon. Groups 13-24 meet at 12:15 p.m. Groups 25-36 meet at 12:30 p.m.

1:15-2:15 p.m. or 2:15-3:15 p.m. (CHECK ORIENTATION BOOKLET FOR YOUR TIME)

First Class Meeting: Intellectual History of Western Heritage
Various Locations
Meet your faculty member and classmates for your Western Heritage Seminar, and discuss your reactions to this year’s First Year Read. Please bring your book and bookmark to this session.


Music Auditions

Before joining a choir or instrumental ensemble, students are required to audition. If you previously auditioned for a scholarship, you must still audition at this time to determine ensemble placement. Music auditions will be held at the following times:

Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 — CHORAL AUDITIONS

  • Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30-5:30 p.m.*
  • 5:30-7 p.m.
  • 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 — cHORAL AND BAND AUDITIONS

  • Noon-1:15 p.m.
  • 1:15-3:15 p.m.*
  • 3:15-7 p.m.


  • 5-9 p.m.

* Students cannot sign up for these time slots in advance, because they will need to know which small group they are in for orientation activities first. 

Choir Auditions​ — Contact Professor Eduardo Garcia-Novelli at 262-551-5918 or

​Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion Auditions — ​Students needing the required music selections for the audition should contact Professor James Ripley at 262-551-5854 or​ ​

​Strings Auditions — Students needing the required music selections for the audition should contact Professor Edward Kawakami at or 262-551-6565. 


Activities continue for the whole campus during Carthage Kick-off Days.
See the Carthage Kick-off Days Schedule!