Parent & Family Schedule

General information:

Residence Halls open at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 8. The first "required" event for both parents and students is at 3:00 p.m. on September 8. Parents can anticipate leaving campus around 7:30 p.m. that evening after the reception. 

Parent & Family Orientation Program, Tuesday, September 8, 2015:

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  “NEW STUDENT WEEK” WELCOME & REGISTRATION, Bald Spot Welcome Tent
Welcome to Carleton! Make this your first stop when you arrive on campus. You’ll receive a welcome packet and meet lots of friendly students and staff members who will point you in the right direction. Just look for the HUGE tent on the Bald Spot near the Chapel and main entrance to campus. Can’t find it? Just look for the staff members in the blue t-shirts for assistance. For those arriving after 3:00 p.m., late check in will be available until 6:00 p.m. at the Sayles-Hill Information Desk.

Your student will check-in at the main entrance of his or her residence hall. This is a chance to meet hall staff members and see your student's new home. They will meet their roommate and begin to unpack their belongings. Students need to check-in at both the Welcome Tent and their residence hall.

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PAPERWORK, Severance Great Hall
Stop by anytime between 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. if your student has been assigned a work-study position or is going to work on-campus. This is the perfect time to complete your employment paperwork. Bring your required original documentation for work eligibility. Please go online for further information on the documents. Student Financial Services will also be present to answer questions regarding student employment.

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., STUDENT HEALTH AND COUNSELING (SHAC) OPEN HOUSE, Ground Davis Hall
Stop by Student Health and Counseling to meet staff, tour the facility, and learn about the services available.


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.

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., CENTER FOR COMMUNITY & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (CCCE) OPEN HOUSE, Sayles-Hill 150
It’s not just about volunteering...come learn about ways to take student engagement to the next level. CCCE Student Fellows and staff will be on hand to answer your questions and give you information about how your student can to get involved in the community during their time at Carleton. Find a fit whatever their passion!

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., OPTIONAL WALKING TOURS

Campus Tours, Bald Spot Welcome Tent
Tours are approximately 45 minutes in length and begin at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.

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.

Library Tours, Bald Spot Welcome Tent
Tours are approximately 30 minutes in length and begin at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.
You may have seen part of the Gould Library during previous visits, but now it’s time to see the whole thing. Join us for a chance to explore all the nooks and crannies of the “Libe” and learn how to get reserves, books, journal articles, DVDs, reference help and more.   

Student Organic Farm Tours, Bald Spot Welcome Tent
Tours are approximately one hour in length and begin at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
You will be eating some of this food throughout the year in the dining halls, so come see how it’s grown. Join the 2015 Summer Farm Interns on a tour of both the student organic farm and the “Eat the Lawn” campus garden. You’ll learn how the farm is managed and see what’s growing this year

Wind Turbine Tours, Bald Spot Welcome Tent
Tours are approximately 40 minutes in length (including transportation) and begin at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
You’ve probably heard about our sustainability claim to fame: Carleton’s 1.65MW turbine was the first of its kind owned by a college or university. This tour will highlight Carleton’s second wind turbine, the 1.68 MW Kracum Wind Turbine. This is scheduled to coincide with the steam plant tours, so consider taking a wind turbine/       steam plant double-header tour. Transportation provided.

Steam Plant Tours, Bald Spot Welcome Tent
Tours are approximately 30 minutes in length and begin at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
This may be one of your only chances to see where Carleton’s lighting, water, heating, and refrigeration come from and how it gets to desk lamps, showers, heaters, or mini-fridges. Get ready to see the Facility Plant’s maze of machinery and pipes and learn about boilers, heating, and more. This is scheduled to coincide with the Wind   Turbine tours, so consider taking a wind turbine/steam plant double-header tour.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., LUNCH, Dining East, Language & Dining Center (LDC)
Free lunch provided for families at this location only. Students’ meals are included in their dining meal plan, so they should get their OneCard first.

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., WELCOME RECEPTIONS
Choose one reception from the list below and join parents, students, and staff members in learning more about a specific program or aspect of student life at Carleton.

Career Center, Sayles-Hill Campus Center, 2nd Floor Balcony
How does Carleton help prepare students for life after Carleton? Career Center staff and the Pre-Health Adviser 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.

Office of Intercultural & International Life, Alumni Guest House Patio
The Office of Intercultural and International Life (OIIL) invites students and parents to an informal outdoor reception. Tours of Stimson House, Carleton’s intercultural center, also will be available. Enjoy some refreshments as we connect new students and their families to the Carleton community. Are you interested in having an OIIL Peer Leader? This is a great time to sign up. All are welcome. Rain location: Stimson House.

TRIO/Student Support Services, 216 College Street
Visit the beautiful house of TRIO/Student Support Services at 216 College Street to learn how TRIO/Student Support Services supports students from low-income, first-generation backgrounds and students with disabilities, and why this is important for everyone at Carleton.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., PARENT & FAMILY INFORMATION SESSIONS, Concert Hall

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 parents’ roles 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 as they relate to Carleton     College. Presentation leaders: Rod Oto, Associate Dean of Admissions/Director of Student Financial Services; Mike Kotchevar, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid; Debra Fawcett, Accounts Receivable Manager; and Candace Koen, Student Accounting Manager.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., A CARLETON WELCOME,  Recreation Center
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 will be able to watch as they begin to interact in their New Student Week group and celebrate being a Carl.

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., 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 Bald Spot, listen to a brief announcement by President Poskanzer, and then toss their Frisbee into the air. Parents and family members are encouraged to line-up around the Bald Spot behind the students to observe this tradition.

6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., TIME WITH YOUR STUDENT
This is a great time for those last minute hugs and goodbyes before you attend the Parent & Family Reception, as students attend the first campus picnic of the year.

6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., PARENT & FAMILY RECEPTION, Weitz Center 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 6:30 p.m. by      Dr. Carolyn Livingston, Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students.


* All events, times, and locations are subject to change. Please pick-up the final schedule at the New Student Week Welcome Tent on the Bald Spot when you first arrive on campus, Tuesday, September 8.

The events scheduled for parents are all casual dress, as most parents will be helping their student move into the residence hall.

If you need special accommodations during New Student Week, please contact either the Student Activities Office or the Office of Disability Services for Students prior to arrival.

Please direct all additional questions or comments to the Student Activities Office (507) 222-4462 or email