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Tuesday, September 9 (Move-In Day)

8:00 a.m. to 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.


8:00 a.m., RESIDENCE HALLS OPEN
Check-in at the main entrance of your residence hall, begin to unpack, and meet hall staff members and your new roommate(s). Welcome to your new home! Students should check-in at both the Welcome Tent and their residence hall.


8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PAPERWORK, Sayles-Hill 251
Stop by anytime between 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. if you have been assigned a work-study position or are 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 Finacial Services will also be present to answer questions regarding student employment.


9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.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.


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 2013 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 to be 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.

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 your desk lamp, shower, heater, or mini-fridge. 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. to 1:45 p.m., LUNCH, East Dining (Language & Dining Center)
Free lunch provided for families at this location only. Students’ meals are included in your dining meal plan, so you should get your 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, Severance Great Hall
How does Carleton help prepare students for Life After Carleton? Career Center staff will be available to answer your questions, show you some of the resources we have to offer, and give you tips about how to connect liberal arts skills to rewarding career paths. Join us for treats and conversation in Great Hall.

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.

 Spiritual Life at Carleton: Office of the Chaplain, Skinner Memorial Chapel
Want to know more about religious and spiritual life at Carleton and in Northfield? 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
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. to 4:30 p.m.. INTRODUCTION TO YOUR NEW STUDENT WEEK (NSW) 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 NSW. You will review the NSW schedule, learn more about Carleton, and begin asking 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 meeting.


4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., A CARLETON WELCOME, Recreation Center
Your journey is just beginning. Hear from the President, the Vice President for Student Development & Dean of Students, and others for a true Carleton welcome with details on the incoming class, what it means to be a Carl, and what to expect this week and the years ahead. Singing, cheering, dancing and laughter will be included. Students, you will be seated separately from your parents with your New Student Week group.


5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., FRISBEE TOSS, Bald Spot
This ceremony is the official beginning of your four years at Carleton. You will be given a personalized frisbee, line up along the edge of the Bald Spot, and listen to a brief announcement by President Poskanzer. All students will aim for a target on the center of the Bald Spot for a chance to win prizes. Winners and prizes will be announced at this time. After the toss, take any frisbee and meet someone new by returning it to its rightful owner by the end of New Student Week.


 6:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., TIME WITH YOUR PARENT(S), Bald Spot
Time for those last minute hugs and goodbyes before parents attend a reception and depart campus, and you attend your first campus picnic as a Carl.


6:15 p.m., NSW GROUP MEETING & PICNIC DINNER, Bald Spot
This is the perfect time to meet other new students along with a few returning students. Before dinner you will meet briefly with your NSW Group.


7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., FLOOR MEETING WITH YOUR RESIDENT ASSISTANT(S), Residence Hall Floor Lounge
This floor meeting will be an opportunity for you to meet other new first-year students living on your floor. 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.


9:00 p.m., HYPNOTIST CHUCK MILLIGAN, Recreation Center
Prepare to be amazed! A professional hypnotist for over 25 years, Chuck is a master at entertaining college audiences. If you’ve ever wanted to see your classmates quack like a duck (or something equally ridiculous) in front of 700 other students, this may be your only chance. Note: May contain adult content and language. Attendance at this event is not mandatory, but it’s a lot of fun!