8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  RESIDENCE HALL CHECK-IN & INFORMATION, Your Residence Hall
Welcome to Carleton! Make this your first stop when you arrive on campus. Check-in at your residence hall, where you will receive your room key, OneCard, NSW nametag, 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 you have been assigned a student employment position. This is a time to met with Human Resources to complete the I-9 form. This is a two-step process. You will complete Step 1 in Workday prior to your arrival on campus. To complete Step 2, you need to present the appropriate forms of identification. Identification presented must be ORIGINAL; photos, copies, scans and videoconferencing can not be accepted. A list of acceptable forms of identification can be found on page 3 of the I-9. Documents may include one item from List A or a combination of one document from List B and one document from List C.


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.


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  PACKAGE PICK-UP, Severance Hall, Great Hall
Mail Services will be temporarily located in Great Hall (Severance Hall). Packages that were mailed in advance can be picked-up during this time. Have an ID ready when picking up packages. Please note that packages that arrive on September 5th may not be immediately available.


11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  RESOURCE FAIR, Bald Spot Tent
Meet lots of friendly students and staff members who can help you succeed at Carleton. There will be various offices and community partners available to help prepare you for your time at Carleton. Students and families are welcome.


11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  STUDENT HEALTH AND COUNSELING (SHAC) OPEN HOUSE, Davis Hall, Ground Level
Stop by SHAC to meet the 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 you can reuse hangers, desk lamps, dorm room organizers and more to outfit your 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. You can 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 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 as 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
    You will be eating 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 as 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 your Bon Appetit meal plan, so be sure to bring your OneCard for admission. New students will not be admitted without a OneCard, so get your OneCard prior to lunch.


2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  WELCOME RECEPTIONS
Choose from the list of receptions below and join families, students and staff 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, share available resources and provide 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.
  • TRIO/Student Support Services, 216 College Street
    Following the TRIO Orientation for Families and Students, join us for snacks and refreshments at the TRIO House.
  • 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 welcome. Come as you are!
  • External Relations, Bird House
    Stop by Bird House to play lawn games, pick up some Carleton swag and learn how Carleton Young Alumni and Parents & Family teams support Carleton students. External Relations staff will be available to answer questions about how to connect with the Carleton community around the world. Refreshments will be provided.
  • First-Generation Welcome Reception, Willis Hall, Room 203
    Welcome to Carleton! Join other first-generation college students, faculty and staff and learn about the resources and support available to you.

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.  INTRODUCTION TO YOUR NEW STUDENT WEEK GROUP, Bald Spot
Here you will meet other new Carls, as well as several returning students called “Peer Leaders” who will be there to help you throughout New Student Week (NSW). You will review the NSW schedule, learn more about Carleton and ask any pressing questions you have. You’ll be with this group throughout the week and beyond, so you definitely don’t want to miss this first mandatory meeting.


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  A CARLETON WELCOME, Recreation Center
Your journey is just beginning. Hear from the President, the Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students, and others. The Carleton Welcome will provide details on 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 with your New Student Week group, separate from your family.


5:45 – 6:15 p.m.  CLASS OF 2028 FRISBEE TOSS, Bald Spot
This ceremony is the official beginning of your four years at Carleton. All students will receive a personalized Frisbee and aim for a target on the center of the field for a chance to win prizes. After the toss, take any Frisbee and meet someone new by returning it to its rightful owner by the end of New Student Week.


6:15 – 6:30 p.m.  TIME WITH PARENTS & FAMILIES, Bald Spot
This time is for last-minute hugs and goodbyes before parents and family members attend a reception while you attend dinner with your New Student Week (NSW) group.


6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  PICNIC DINNER & NSW GROUP MEETING, Bald Spot
This is the perfect time to meet other new students along with a few returning students. Dinner is served from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with group discussion until 8:00 p.m.


8:00 – 9:00 p.m.  COMMUNITY LIFE AT CARLETON, Skinner Memorial Chapel
What does community look like at Carleton? During this session, you will learn about the resources and support that Carleton provides students, along with the expectations of living in a campus community. Hosted by the Dean of Students Office, Security Services and the Office of Residential Life & Housing.


9:30 p.m.  COMMUNITY MEETING WITH YOUR RESIDENT ASSISTANT(S), Residence Hall Floor Lounge
This meeting will be an opportunity for you to meet other new first-year students living in your community. Your Resident Assistant(s) (RA) will share information about expectations regarding living on campus, upcoming plans for the year and how you can be a part of your new community at Carleton. Stick around after the meeting for socializing and snacks as you get to know your new neighbors.