We've compiled some of the most common questions and answers we receive regarding New Student Orientation to help you.

Student Questions

I've heard that there is a common reading book for all new students. Which book do I need to read?

The Dean of Students Office, Student Activities Office, and Academic Affairs have a book selection committee that collects nominations and selects a common reading book for new students. The book chosen will be mailed to new students in early June and we ask them to read it before arriving to campus in August. On the Wednesday of New Student Orientation we will have a program related to the common reading.

Where can I get a copy of the Health Form that I need to complete and return?

The Center for Student Health and Well-Being requires that each student complete the Health Form each year. Forms are due to the Center for Student Health and Well-Being by June 30. Please call 704-894-2300 if you have any questions about the form itself. Note: When you call the Center for Student Health and Well-Being during the summer, you will hear a message that they are closed until the start of the academic year. However, you may still leave a message. Messages are checked several times per week and your messages will be answered promptly even though they are closed for medical services.

If I want to ship items in advance to the college, how do I do that? Where do I pick them up when I arrive?

During Orientation, we have special package pick-up times available for students who have mailed items to collect when they arrive. You may pick-up your items at the warehouse located on Ridge Road and runs behind campus. On the campus map, the warehouse is #80. 

To send packages in advance to your arrival, address packages to "[Your Name], 209 Ridge Road, Davidson, NC 28035. Please make sure to clearly include your name on the package. You do not need to have a college box number on the package for orientation pick-up.

Where and when do we check in? 

Thursday and Saturday Arrivals
Details about your check-in time and location will be provided in an email from the Student Activities office in early July. When you arrive at your scheduled time, you will receive your room key, College ID, and other essential items. Check-in and move in will all happen in one stop. As a reminder, our goal is to allow you and your roommate to move in on different days and to reduce the number of people moving in on each hall at any one time.

When to returning students arrive?

Returning students will also be assigned move in times based on where they live on campus. Returning student phased move in will occur Sunday, August 16 through Wednesday, August 19.

What is the appropriate attire for Orientation events?

There is no set dress code for the Orientation events. However, very casual clothing is worn for most events (shorts, tennis shoes, comfortable shirt). In August, it can be quite warm in Davidson, especially for move-in. We ask that you wear whatever feels appropriate to you and we want you to be as comfortable as possible.

Parent and Family Questions

Can I meet with my student's adviser?

Normally, time is allotted for you to meet with your student's adviser as part of Orientation. We anticipate that advisors will meet with parents and family over a Zoom call as part of the online orientation for new students. More details to come as we figure that out.

Are the online parent and family workshops optional?

Yes. None of the Orientation sessions for parents and family members are mandatory. While many of the sessions may prove useful to you, it is up to you which sessions you attend.

When do families leave? What if we want to stay past move-in?

We are trying to minimize the amount of time that parents and families spend on campus as part of moving in students. We are working hard to limit exposure for students so that we have the best chance at a coronavirus free beginning to the fall semester. Therefore, we are establishing a phased move-in schedule, asking that only two family members accompany a student, and expecting families to leave campus after successfully moving their student into the residence halls.