Parent & Family Schedule

Parent & Family Orientation Program: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  CHECK-IN & INFORMATION, Sayles-Hill Campus Center, Great Space
Welcome to Carleton! Make this your first stop when you arrive on campus. Your student will receive a welcome packet and meet lots of friendly students and staff members who will point you in the right direction. Can’t find it? Simply look for the staff members in the blue 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
Your student will check-in at the main entrance of their residence hall. This is a chance to meet hall staff members and see your student’s new home. They will meet their roommate(s) and begin to unpack. Students need to check-in at both the Sayles-Hill Campus Center and their residence hall.


8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PAPERWORK, Severance Hall, Great Hall
Stop by if your student has been assigned a student employment position or may work on campus in the future. This is the perfect time to complete employment paperwork. Bring all required original documentation for work eligibility. Click here to view the list of acceptable documents in order to complete your Form I-9. Be sure to bring either an item from List A OR an item from both List B and List C in order to complete the Form I-9. Documents must be original and unexpired. Copies, scans, or photos will not be accepted.Student Financial Services will also be present to answer questions regarding student employment.


10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  STUDENT HEALTH AND COUNSELING (SHAC) ORIENTATION FOR FAMILIES, Boliou 104
Come to learn and get your questions answered about 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. to 1:00 p.m.  STUDENT RESOURCE FAIR, Sayles-Hill Campus Center
You and your student(s) will meet lots of friendly students and staff members who can help them succeed at Carleton. There will be various offices from across campus that are designed to prepare and support students throughout their academic career.


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


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

Campus Tours, Willis Hall, Street side
You may have toured campus briefly when considering Carleton, but now it’s time to learn more. This campus tour will provide useful information about the College and assist 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 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. This tour is approximately 30 minutes in length and begins at 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.

Student Organic Farm Tours, Willis Hall, Street side
You will be eating some of this food throughout the year in the dining halls, so come see how it’s grown. Join the 2019 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. 

Wind Turbine Tours, Willis Hall, Street side
You’ve probably heard about our sustainability claim to fame: Carleton’s 1.65 Megawatt 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 Megawatt 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. This tour is approximately 40 minutes in length (including transportation) and begin at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Steam Plant Tours, Willis Hall, Street side
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. This tour is approximately 30 minutes in length and begin at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.


11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  LUNCH, East Dining (Language and Dining Center)
Free lunch provided for families at this location only. Students’ meals are included in their dining meal plan, so be sure your student gets their OneCard first in Great Hall.


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, 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 & International Life (OIIL), Sayles-Hill Campus Center, Room 201
OIIL invites students and parents to an informal reception. Enjoy some refreshments as you connect to the Carleton community. All are welcome.

Spiritual Life at Carleton: Office of the Chaplain, Skinner Memorial Chapel, Street Side
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
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.


3:00 p.m. to 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: Rod Oto, Associate Dean of Admissions/Director of Student Financial Services; Mike Kotchevar, Associate Director of Student Financial Services and Admissions; and Candace Koen, Student Accounting Manager.


4:30 p.m. to 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 watch as they begin to interact in their New Student Week group and celebrate being a Carl.


5:30 p.m. to 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 field, 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 field behind the students to observe this tradition.


6:00 p.m. to 6:15 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 NSW group.


6:30 p.m. to 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.


7:30 p.m.
Parents and families depart campus.