Tuesday, September 5, 2023
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 their 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 your employment paperwork has been submitted.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. STUDENT HEALTH AND COUNSELING (SHAC) ORIENTATION FOR FAMILIES, Boliou 104
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, Sayles-Hill Campus Center, Great Space
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 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, Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE), Upper Sayles-Hill Campus Center
Why buy new when your student can reuse hangers, desk lamps, dorm room organizers and more to outfit their room? Each year, students leave behind these perfectly good items. By shopping at the CCCE Pop-Up Reuse Shop, you can save money, help reduce waste on campus and support community partners. Items will be available on a “pay-what-you-will” basis and proceeds benefit local community partner non-profits. You can also learn about opportunities to get involved in the local community while at Carleton through a range of CCCE programs and Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) classes.
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. OPTIONAL WALKING TOURS
- Campus Tours, Willis Hall, Street side
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. 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
You may have seen part of Gould Library during previous campus visits, but now it’s time to see the whole thing! Join us for a chance to explore the “Libe” and learn how to get books, e-book, 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, Willis Hall, Street side
Your student will enjoy some of this food throughout the year in the dining halls, so come see how it’s grown. Join the 2023 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. This tour is approximately one hour in length and begins at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
- Museum Tour of Curious Objects: Learning and Teaching with the Carleton Art Collection, Weitz Center for Creativity, Perlman Teaching Museum
This exhibition presents a mix of artworks from around the world, including Japanese prints, Chinese ceramics, Malian portrait photography, a 15th century illuminated manuscript, botanical illustrations by 19th century naturalists, Roman antiquities, and more! We will also include a sneak peak of upcoming exhibits. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and begin at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.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.
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, 2nd Floor, Room 201
The Office of Intercultural Life (OIL) invites students and families to an informal reception. Enjoy some refreshments as you connect to the Carleton community. Is you student 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
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!
- Alumni Relations Office, Bird House
Stop by Bird House to play lawn games, get some cool gear and learn how the alumni relations office will be there for you during your time as a Carleton student and beyond. Refreshments will be offered, and alumni relations staff (including some Carls!) will be there to answer questions about how to connect with alumni in your area and across the world.
- First-Generation Welcome Reception, Sayles-Hill Campus Center, Room 251
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 – 4:30 p.m. PARENT & FAMILY INFORMATION SESSIONS, Skinner Memorial Chapel
- 3:00 p.m. 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 for guidance and assistance available to Carleton students and make some suggestions about the role of family in a liberal arts education.
- 3:45 p.m. 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 College. Presentation leaders: Danielle Hayden, Senior Associate Dean and /Director of Student Financial Aid; 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 and watch as they begin to interact with their New Student Week group and celebrate being a Carl.
5:45 – 6:15 p.m. CLASS OF 2026 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
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.
7:30 p.m. PARENTS & FAMILIES DEPART CAMPUS