Pre-Orientation Programs

315-859-4272 (AA)
315-859-4856 (OA)

New Students Welcomed to the Hill for Orientation

Friday, August 15, 2014

Upperclassmen and alumni line up at the top of College Hill Road to welcome the Class of 2018 to Hamilton for pre-orientation on Friday, August 15, 2014.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
"Welcome to the Hamily"<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Brice Timm '15 (left) and Will Johns '15 (right) strike a pose in front of Major Residence Hall during pre-orientation.<br />Photo: Rebecca L. Sheets
Photo: Rebecca L. Sheets
Jim Anesta '14 was among the recent grads to join the pre-orientation leaders in welcoming incoming students.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
President Joan Hinde Stewart drives by the enthusiastic greeters. <br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
From left to right, Ianthe Lekometros '16, Helina Loft '15 and Jane Barnard '13 have some fun in front of Major Residence Hall.<br />Photo: Rebecca L. Sheets
Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Photo: Rebecca L. Sheets
Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Photo: Rebecca L. Sheets
Upperclassmen help first-year students move in to the North Residence Hall.<br />Photo: Rebecca L. Sheets
Sarah Zeiberg '18 stops for a photo with her father Andrew Zeiberg.<br />Photo: Rebecca L. Sheets
Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Photo: Nancy L. Ford
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Exploration Adventure, Adirondack Adventure, and Outreach Adventure

Hamilton College offers three orientation program trips that provide a fun and friendly atmosphere for easing new students into college life. The programs culminate at an outdoor education center where several groups meet to do activities and spend time around a bonfire. These experiences allow participants to meet people from other trips prior to returning to campus.

Exploration Adventure (XA)

Exploration Adventure is the newest orientation program trip option. XA provides students with similar interests an opportunity to explore a subject area or theme with some members of the College faculty. A variety of trips, such as those with a focus on history, wellness and the arts, will be offered. As with AA and OA, trips will be comprised of six to eight first-year students and two upperclass student leaders, with some faculty members along for the fun. Most trips will travel by van to local sites and return to a community center or church for cooking, eating and “indoor camping” at night.

Adirondack Adventure (AA)

Adirondack Adventure, or AA as it’s known on campus, is a great way to meet your new classmates, make friends and challenge yourself before the semester begins. In groups of 6 to 12, students spend a day on campus preparing for a four-day wilderness or camping trip. There’s a variety of trips from which to choose, from beginning hiking to intermediate canoeing to rock climbing. Students also have the opportunity to make friends on a trip and then the option of taking a Hamilton class together in the fall.

Outreach Adventure (OA)

Outreach Adventure, or OA, gives students the chance to explore the area surrounding Hamilton while bonding with 8 to 10 other new Hamilton students and two upperclass group leaders. Activities may include serving in a meal program for the homeless, working on a Habitat for Humanity construction project, helping with a summer program for children at a local museum or performing environmental service work. OA groups stay together in a community center or church “camping inside” in the area where they are volunteering.