Welcome New Students

1. Honk

As you arrive on campus, honk. Show us how excited you are to be arriving for the start of your Colgate career! Be sure to turn onto picturesque Oak Drive and follow signs to Whitnall Field.

Colgate University students unload

2. Unload

Drive onto Whitnall Field, and unload your labeled belongings under the tent designated to your residence hall. Have no fear; you will not be living on Whitnall Field (though you may play intramural sports or attend a bonfire here).

Students and parents park for arrival day

3. Park

While volunteers load your stuff onto trucks to take it up the hill, you can park your car and head to the Hall of Presidents.


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!

Colgate University students and parents climb the hill

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!

Colgate students dancing

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. And yes, you can definitely sing along.

Students unloading

7. Unload

Student volunteers will help you unload your things from the truck, just outside your residence hall.

Colgate student moves in

8. Move In

Those same sun-shiny student volunteers will help you take your things right into your new room.

Colgate University roommates

9. Meet Your Roommates

The hats are not included, but of course the rooms, furniture, and new friendships are.

Colgate university student unpacks their stuff

10. Unpack Your Stuff

Make your bed, fill your closet and drawers, and make sure to take a break for lunch at Frank before you get "hangry."

Colgate students and parents eat ice cream

11. Eat Ice Cream

It isn’t move-in day without an ice cream social!

Colgate student hugs their father goodbye

12. Hug Your Family

It’s not “goodbye;” it's just “see ya over break!”

Colgate University campus

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!