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Dear students and families,

Congratulations on your acceptance to Hamilton College!  January Orientation 2015 will take place from Friday, January 16 - Monday, January 19.  A full schedule of Orientation activities is currently being planned to introduce you to the Hamilton community and prepare you for the spring semester.  A tentative schedule is below for your reference; please note that activities listed are subject to change.  I hope that you enjoy your fall, and I look forward to welcoming you to the Hamilton campus in January!

Best wishes,

Tessa Chefalo
Coordinator of Orientation and First-Year Programs


Tentative Schedule for 2015 January New Student Orientation

Friday, January 16 – Monday, January 19, 2015

All events in BLUE are considered mandatory for new students.

Friday, January 16

8:30 a.m. - noon     Orientation Check-In and Residence Hall Move-In

9 a.m. – noon           Introduction to the Hill Card, Clinton Banks and Other Services

Noon - 1 p.m.            Welcome Remarks and Luncheon

1:30  2:30 p.m.       Navigating the Road Ahead: Orientation program for parents and family members

1:30 – 2 p.m.            Student Group Meetings with Orientation Leaders

 3:30 p.m.            Matriculation

*Before/after completing matriculation process, students should meet up with their families to say goodbye before the next program*

3:30  4:30 p.m.     Curriculum and Advising Discussion

4:30  6 p.m.           Individual Meetings with Advisors

 7:30 p.m.           Dinner with Faculty and Orientation Staff

8 p.m.                        Evening Activity with Orientation Leaders


Saturday, January 17

7:30 – 9 a.m.          Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Hamilton Serves!

1 – 2 p.m.                 Lunch

4 – 5:30 p.m.            It's Your Call:  Promoting Healthy Choices

6 – 7 p.m.                 Dinner with Orientation Staff and Resident Advisors

 9 p.m.                 Residence Hall Meetings

9 p.m.                        Big Prize Bingo!


Sunday, January 18

7:30 – 9 a.m.           Breakfast
11a.m. – noon        What is the First-Year Experience?

Noon  1 p.m.         Lunch

 2 p.m.                 Catholic Mass

 5 p.m.                 Living in Community

5:30 – 7 p.m.           Dinner with your First-Year Experience Leader and FYE Group

8 p.m.                        Movie Night!


Monday, January 19

7:30 – 9 a.m.           Breakfast in Commons

10  11 a.m.             Physical Education Testing

11 a.m. – noon         Meet your First-Year Experience Librarian

Noon – 1 p.m.          Lunch in Commons

1 – 2:30 p.m.           Final Schedule Changes

1 p.m.                       Campus Tour

 5 p.m.                Getting Acclimated to the Local Community

6 p.m.                       Dessert reception with Returning Jans


Tuesday, January 20

Classes begin!