Arrival Day

It's finally here, your first day at Colgate!

Once you arrive on campus, you'll check in and receive your orientation materials, then walk up to your residence hall, where your belongings will be waiting for you. Be sure to honk loudly and proudly when you pass the “Honk If You Love Colgate” sign. 

Arrival Day Schedules

Don’t worry, you don’t need to memorize the sequence of events. There will be volunteers all over campus to help you along the way. Between moving in, introductions to your new classmates, and orientation for your parents and supporters, we have a jam-packed first-day schedule for everyone.

Arrival Day Campus Map

Registration
8 a.m. - noon

Commons Welcome Tents
Required check-in for all new students. Head up the hill to your residential commons check-in area to receive your room key and ʼGate Card. Then go to your residence hall to unpack and get settled in your room. 

Family Brunch/Lunch
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Frank Dining Hall, and O’Connor Campus-Center (The Coop)

The dining halls are open for all new students and their families. Stop by anytime to pick up some lunch.

Student-Athlete Welcome
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Memorial Chapel

Greetings from the vice president and director of athletics and other athletics staff. This season provides a welcome and overview of support services for Colgate’s new Division I athletes, including specific information regarding NCAA compliance and expectations for scholar-athletes. Family members are welcome to attend.

Family Orientation
1-2 p.m.
Memorial Chapel

College enrollment represents a transition for students and many of their families. What should families expect for their student, for themselves, and from the University during this period of adjustment? This program for family members provides an overview of this transition, offers constructive ways to be actively involved in the process, addresses common questions, and identifies valuable Colgate resources about which parents should know.

Welcome to Colgate
2:30-3 p.m.
Taylor Lake (rain location Class of 1965 Arena)

Official welcome to the Colgate community from University President Brian W. Casey; Provost and Dean of the Faculty Lesleigh Cushing; and Vice President and Dean of the College Paul J. McLoughlin II. This program will introduce incoming students to the Colgate community, outline what it means to be a member of Colgate’s student body, and discuss the responsibilities and expectations of a liberal arts education. Welcome to Colgate illustrates that only together as a collective can we create the safe, transformative learning community we all strive to cultivate.

Family Farewells & Colgate's Famous Cookiewiches
3-3:15 p.m.
Taylor Lake (rain location Class of 1965 Arena)

Say goodbye (or, rather, “see you soon”) to your family and friends before students begin their orientation.

Call to Assemble
3:30-3:45 p.m.
Taylor Lake (rain location Class of 1965 Arena)

New students will be called to assemble by the ringing of the Memorial Chapel bells and make their way to their Residential Commons meeting point to be led up the hill by their Community Leaders (CLs) and orientation student staff (Links).

Link Meeting
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Begin to connect with your fellow students in your First Year Seminar class through community builders.  You’ll also learn more about the upcoming days of your orientation experience.

Transfers: Home Away from Home
3:45-4:45 p.m.
ALANA Cultural Center

Transfers: Dinner with Community Leaders and Links
5-6 p.m.
Frank Dining Hall

Home Away from Home (Brown Commons)
5-6 p.m.
Memorial Chapel

Learn more about Brown, Ciccone, Hancock, and Dart Colegrove commons and have the opportunity to meet members of your specific commons community. Community Leaders (CLs), Links, Area Directors (ADs), custodians, and Campus Safety will also discuss expectations for maintaining a healthy and thriving residential community this year.

Dinner with Community Leaders and Links (Ciccone Commons)
5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Frank Dining Hall
Enjoy dinner with your CLs, Links and get to know the other residents on your floor. 

Home Away from Home (Dart Colegrove Commons)
5-6 p.m.
Dana Arts Center

Learn more about Brown, Ciccone, Hancock, and Dart Colegrove commons and have the opportunity to meet members of your specific commons community. Community Leaders (CLs), Links, Area Directors (ADs), custodians, and Campus Safety will also discuss expectations for maintaining a healthy and thriving residential community this year.

Dinner with Community Leaders and Links (Hancock Commons)
5-6 p.m.

O'Connor Campus Center
Enjoy dinner with your CLs, Links and get to know the other residents on your floor. 

Transfers: Colgate Women's Soccer Game
6-8 p.m.
Beyer-Small '76 Field

Dinner with Community Leaders and Links (Dart Colegrove Commons)
6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.

O'Connor Campus Center
Enjoy dinner with your CLs, Links and get to know the other residents on your floor. 

Dinner with Community Leaders and Links (Brown Commons)
6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.

Frank Dining Hall
Enjoy dinner with your CLs, Links and get to know the other residents on your floor. 

Home Away from Home (Ciccone Commons)
6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Memorial Chapel

Learn more about Brown, Ciccone, Hancock, and Dart Colegrove commons and have the opportunity to meet members of your specific commons community. Community Leaders (CLs), Links, Area Directors (ADs), custodians, and Campus Safety will also discuss expectations for maintaining a healthy and thriving residential community this year. 

Home Away from Home (Hancock Commons)
6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Dana Arts Center

Learn more about Brown, Ciccone, Hancock, and Dart Colegrove commons and have the opportunity to meet members of your specific commons community. Community Leaders (CLs), Links, Area Directors (ADs), custodians, and Campus Safety will also discuss expectations for maintaining a healthy and thriving residential community this year. 

Finding Your Flock
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Various locations

Get to know your floormates and your CL and Link through various activities and exercises.

Club Case
8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Case-Geyer Library
Who knew the library could be so fun? Check out what we have in store on every floor of the Case-Geyer Library.

Arrival, Welcome, and Check-in
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Hall of Presidents, James C. Colgate Hall

Welcome to Colgate! You should arrive at the Hall of Presidents during this window to:

  • Complete your immunization and vaccination screening with Student Health Services
  • Pick up your room keys from Residence Life
  • Pick up your Gate Card from Campus Safety
  • Confirm your account status with Student Accounts
  • Confirm you’ve completed the required pre-arrival education components (Alcohol.edu, Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates, etc.) with the Dean of the College Office
  • Check in to your specific pre-orientation program
  • Move into your assigned Residence hall and room

 

Parents and Family Orientation (for parents and families only)
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The start of the college experience is a transition time for both students and their families. What should families expect for their student, for themselves, and from the university during this period of adjustment? While students continue unpacking and meeting roommates, this program provides an overview of this transition, offers constructive ways to be actively involved in the process, addresses common questions, highlights first-semester events, and identifies valuable Colgate resources about which families should know.

Learning About Your New Home (for students only)
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Incoming students will meet with members of our Residential Staff and our upper class student leaders who serve as Community Leaders (CL) to review the health and safety of living in the halls during the pre-orientation program.

Dinner with fellow pre-orientation students and leaders
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Farewells
6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Say goodbye (or, just, see you soon) to your family and get ready for your pre-orientation program.

Community Builders
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

 All incoming students and upper class leaders will have the opportunity to meet each other through fun community builders.

Pre-Orientation Program Meeting
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

You will meet as your pre-orientation group to review the schedule for the next few days and where you will meet up tomorrow.

Contact
Any questions or concerns please contact the following individuals:

Arrival, Welcome, and Check-in
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Welcome to Colgate! You should arrive during this window to:

  • Complete your immunization and vaccination screening with Student Health Services
  • Pick up your room keys from Residence Life
  • Pick up your Gate Card from Campus Safety
  • Confirm your account status with Student Accounts
  • Confirm you’ve completed required pre-arrival education components (Alcohol.edu, Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates, etc.) with the Dean of the College Office
  • Check in to your specific pre-orientation program
  • Move into your assigned Residence hall and room

 

Farewells
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Say goodbye (or, rather, see you soon) to your family and get ready for your pre-orientation program.

Parents and Family Orientation (for parents and families only)
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The start of the college experience is a transition time for both students and their families. What should families expect for their student, for themselves, and from the University during this period of adjustment? While students continue unpacking, this program provides an overview of this transition, offers constructive ways to be actively involved in the process, addresses common questions, highlights first-semester events, and identifies valuable Colgate resources about which families should know.

Learning About Your New Home (for students only)
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Incoming students will meet with members of our Residential Staff and our upper class student leaders who serve as Community Leaders (CL) to review the health and safety of living in the halls.

Dinner
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Frank Dining Hall

Dinner with fellow pre-orientation students and leaders

Community Builders
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Huntington Gym

All incoming students and upper class leaders will have the opportunity to meet each other.

Pre-Orientation Program Meeting
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Based on location from your pre-orientation group
You will meet as your pre-orientation group to review the schedule for the next few days and where you will meet up tomorrow.

Learn more about the Wilderness Adventure program schedule and corresponding session arrival day information on their website.

Preparing for Arrival Day

Luggage Tags

When you arrive at Colgate, your belongings will be transported by student staff to your room. Please print the label for your Residence Hall assignment and attach them to all of your boxes, bags, and belongings ahead of your arrival, so our staff knows where to bring them.

Contact Information

First-year Students

Kristin Cothran
Associate Dean for First and Second-Year Experience and Community Development
315-228-6443
newstudents@colgate.edu

International Students

Office of International Student Services
011-1-315-228-6131
oiss@colgate.edu

Transfer Students

Sarah Courtney
Assistant Dean for Administrative Advising

315-228-7368
scourtney@colgate.edu