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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

9 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  Welcome Remarks and Luncheon

For Parents:

1:30  2:30 p.m.  Navigating the Road Ahead

For New StudentS:
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!