Home- New Students- First-Year Students- Arrival Day Thirteen Steps to Arrival Day Check out what the first day of the rest of your life is going to look like! Quick Links Directions and travel arrangements Campus map Colgate Bookstore Residence halls Create Infographics 1. Honk As you arrive on campus, honk. Adam and Eve, our resident swans on Taylor Lake, may even honk back. ORIENTATION SCHEDULE 2. Park Park on Whitnall Field, and unload your car. Have no fear; you will not be living on Whitnall Field (though you may play intramural sports or attend a bonfire here). 3. Mingle Everyone parks on Whitnall Field and unloads their vehicles. While volunteers load your stuff onto trucks to take it up the hill, you can start meeting your peers! 4. Check-in Check-in for orientation at the Hall of Presidents in James C. Colgate Hall. We've been anxiously awaiting your arrival, so hurry up and let us know you're here! 5. Climb the Hill Meet your truck at your residence hall. On the way there, the Colgate Hill will work your calves, glutes, and quads, free of charge! 6. Wait for Your Things Get serenaded as you wait for your possessions to arrive. If you beat the truck to your residence, you may encounter a roving a capella group. Great singers, and this year they’ve been trained not to bite. 7. Unload Student volunteers will help you unload your things from the truck, just outside your residence hall. 8. Move In Those same sun-shiny student volunteers will help you take your things right into your new room. 9. Meet Your Roommates The hats are not included, but of course the rooms, furniture, and new friendships are. 10. Unpack Your Stuff Your mom will insist on making your bed “one last time,” and your dad will insist on assembling something. Slow them down with lunch at Frank or the Coop. 11. Eat Ice Cream It isn’t move-in day without the ice cream social and new friends. 12. Hug Your Family It’s not “goodbye;” it's just “see ya over break!” 13. Enjoy Your New Home! Colgate has a lot to offer, not just for the next four years, but for the rest of your life. Branch out. Grow. Learn. Enjoy! New Students First-Year Students New Student Checklist Pre-Orientation Arrival Day Transfer Students Parents and Families Financial Information Frequently Asked Questions RELATED LINKS New Student Checklist NEW STUDENT CHECKLIST Track deadlines as you prepare for the big day. (Login required) Academic Calendar ACADEMIC CALENDAR Key dates about the academic year, including break information. 'Gate Card 'GATE CARD (CAMPUS DEBIT) Currency on campus and at locations in the Village of Hamilton. Traveling to Campus TRAVELING TO CAMPUS Maps and directions as you prepare for the journey to campus.