Ready, set, go ’gate!

A variety of programs will help introduce you to Colgate and lay an important foundation for a successful four years. 

Students kayaking during wilderness adventure.
Wilderness Adventure is a popular pre-orientation program.


Make friends and memories. Nine unique pre-orientation programs are offered in the weeks leading up to your first semester and provide a chance to get better acquainted with Colgate and the Colgate community before other students arrive on campus. 


Staff members banging pots and pans on the Colgate sign.
The entrance to campus on arrival day is hard to miss.

Arrival Day

Sunday, August 20, 2023 (for domestic students)

Most incoming students will arrive on campus on August 20. Remember honk loudly and proudly when you pass the “Honk If You Love Colgate” sign.

Schedules will be available in summer 2023.


Students sitting in a circle outside during Orientation.
Four days may sound like a lot, but the days will fly by.


Orientation dates will be announced in spring 2023.
A four-day program that includes the first-year arrival dinner, Convocation, and other rituals of pride. Each speaker or event will give you a little more insight into Colgate’s academic, cultural, and social fabric. 

New Student and Transfer Orientation information will be forthcoming.

International Student Orientation


A student playing frisbee.

Welcome Weeks

Dates will be announced in summer 2023.
Welcome Weeks events and programming provide opportunities to continue meeting new people, learning about campus resources, getting involved, and having a chance to explore the Village of Hamilton.