Tuesday, September 10, 2024

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  RESIDENCE HALL CHECK-IN & INFORMATION, Residence Hall
Welcome to Carleton! Make this your first stop when you arrive on campus with your student. Students will check-in at their residence hall, where they will receive a room key, OneCard, New Student Week name tag and additional information. If you experience travel delays and arrive after 3:00 p.m., please notify reslife@carleton.edu to coordinate check-in.

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PAPERWORK, Severance Hall, Great Hall
Stop by if your student has been assigned a student employment position or plan to work on campus in the future. This is a convenient time for them to complete the required employment paperwork. Bring their required original documentation (e.g., passport, driver’s license, original birth certificate or Social Security card) to verify work eligibility. Students are not permitted to work until their employment paperwork has been submitted.

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  OLD FASHIONED POPCORN WAGON, Sayles-Hill Campus Center Patio
Stop by the Sayles-Hill Campus Center for some free popcorn! This popcorn wagon has a long history in Northfield, with over 44 years of serving popcorn. Owned and staffed by local volunteers.

Come to learn and get your questions answered about Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) services on campus including physical health care and counseling. We’ll also discuss accessing and paying for off-campus health resources.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  RESOURCE FAIR, Bald Spot Tent
You and your student(s) will meet lots of friendly staff members who can help foster success at Carleton. There will be various offices from across campus designed to prepare and support students and families throughout their academic career.

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  STUDENT HEALTH AND COUNSELING (SHAC) OPEN HOUSE, Davis Hall, Ground Level
Stop by Student Health and Counseling Office to meet staff, tour the facility and learn about the services available.

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. POP-UP REUSE SHOP, West End of James Hall Parking Lot
Why buy new when your student can reuse hangers, desk lamps, dorm room organizers and more to outfit their room? Save money, help reduce waste on campus and support community partners. Items will be available on a pay-what-you-will basis. Proceeds benefit local community partner non-profits. Your student will also learn about opportunities to get involved in the local community while at Carleton. Sponsored by the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE).

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  OPTIONAL WALKING TOURS

  • Campus Tours, Bald Spot
    You may have toured campus briefly when you were considering Carleton, but now it’s time to learn more. This campus tour will provide useful information about the college and assist you in finding your way around. Look for the tour sign on the Bald Spot for the designated meeting location. This tour is approximately 45 minutes in length and begins at 11:00 a.m.,12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.
  • Library Tours, Gould Library
    Join us for a chance to explore the “Libe” and learn how to get books, e-books, journal articles, course reserve readings, DVDs, datasets and more. Plus you’ll learn where to find computers, printers and help with library research and writing. This tour is approximately 30 minutes in length and begins at 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.
  • Student Organic Farm Tours, Bald Spot
    Your student will enjoy some of this food throughout the year in the dining halls, so come see how it’s grown. Join the 2024 Summer Farm Interns on a tour of the student organic farm. You’ll learn how the farm is managed and see what’s growing this year. Look for the tour sign on the Bald Spot for the designated meeting location. This tour is approximately one hour in length and begins at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the Perlman Teaching Museum, Weitz Center for Creativity, Weitz Commons
    Interested in art and museums? Join museum director Sara Cluggish for a special tour of Carleton’s permanent art collection of over 4,500 artworks. Learn about upcoming exhibitions and events for students, including our fall zine and button making workshop! Get information on how to apply to be a student worker at the museum. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and begin at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  LUNCH, Language & Dining Center (LDC)
Free lunch provided for parents and families at this location only. Students’ meals are included in their dining meal plan, so be sure your student brings their OneCard for admission. New students will not be admitted without their OneCard.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  WELCOME RECEPTIONS
Choose from the list of receptions below and join families, students and staff members in learning more about a specific program or aspect of student life at Carleton. Feel free to stop by multiple locations.

  • Career Center, Johnson House/Alumni Guest House Patio
    How does Carleton help prepare students for life after Carleton? Career Center staff and the pre-health advisor will be available to answer your questions, show you some of the available resources and give you tips about how to connect liberal arts’ skills to rewarding career paths. Join us for treats and conversation. Rain location: Alumni Guest House Meeting Room.
  • Office of Intercultural Life, Sayles-Hill Campus Center, Room 201
    The Office of Intercultural Life (OIL) invites students and families to an informal reception. Enjoy some refreshments as you connect with OIL Peer Leaders and staff. Are you interested in having an OIL Peer Leader Mentor? This is a great time to sign up! All are welcome.
  • Office of the Chaplain, Skinner Memorial Chapel, Street side entrance
    Want to know more about religious and spiritual life at Carleton and in the Northfield community? The chaplains and chaplain’s associates (student peer leaders) will be available to answer questions about the many services, discussions and holiday events representing a wide variety of religious perspectives. Join us for treats in the Chapel.
  • TRIO/Student Support Services, 216 College Street
    Calling all TRIO students, families and friends! Tour the TRIO House, meet returning TRIO students and get answers to any questions you may have. Refreshments provided.
  • Gender & Sexuality Center, Clader House, 209 East Second Street
    The Gender & Sexuality Center welcomes students and families to visit its office in Clader House. The Gender & Sexuality Center is a space that supports the success of LGBTQIA+ students and provides resources for everyone in the Carleton community. Stop by to see our space, check out our resource library and meet the Gender & Sexuality Center staff. Everyone is welcome. Come as you are!
  • External RelationsBird House
    Stop by Bird House to play lawn games, get some cool gear and learn how the Alumni Relations Office will be there for your student during their time as a Carleton student and beyond. Refreshments will be offered, and Alumni Relations staff will be there to answer questions about how to connect with alumni in your area and across the world.
  • First-Generation Welcome Reception, Willis Hall, Room 203
    Welcome to Carleton! Join other first-generation college students, families, faculty, and staff and learn about the resources and support available to you and your student.

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.  PARENT & FAMILY INFORMATION SESSIONS, Skinner Memorial Chapel

  • The First Year at Carleton: A Primer for Parents & Families
    The beginning of a college career brings momentous transitions to students and their families. At this session, staff and faculty will describe the various resources available to Carleton students and their families. This session will also offer some suggestions about the role of family in a liberal arts education.
  • Finances at Carleton: What to Expect in the Coming Year
    This session is designed for you to meet staff members who are here to help answer questions regarding college finances and financial aid at Carleton. Presentation leaders: Mike Kotchevar, Associate Director of Student Financial Aid and Admissions; and Candace Koen, Student Accounting Manager.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  A CARLETON WELCOME, Recreation Center, 501 Three Oaks Drive
Hear from the President, the Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students, and others for a true Carleton welcome with details about the incoming class, what it means to be a Carl, and what to expect this week and in the years ahead. You will be seated symbolically apart from the students, as they will be seated with their New Student Week group and celebrate being a Carl.

5:45 – 6:15 p.m.  CLASS OF 2028 FRISBEE TOSS, Bald Spot
This ceremony is the official beginning of your student’s four years at Carleton. Each first-year student will get a Frisbee, encircle the field, listen to a brief announcement by President Byerly and then toss their Frisbee into the air. Parents and family members are encouraged to line-up around the field behind the students to observe this tradition.

6:15 – 6:30 p.m.  TIME WITH YOUR STUDENT, Bald Spot
This is a great time for those last-minute hugs and goodbyes before you attend the Parent & Family Reception and students attend dinner with their New Student Week group.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  PARENT & FAMILY RECEPTION, Weitz Center for Creativity, Weitz Commons
This is an opportunity to meet staff from the Division of Student Life and ask any lingering questions. This is also a great time to meet some fellow Carleton parents and families. Enjoy light appetizers before departing campus. A brief message will be delivered at 6:45 p.m. by Dr. Carolyn H. Livingston, Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students.