Frequently Asked Questions
Questions included here reflect answers from summer 2020. Please check back in the coming months for an updated set of questions and answers for summer 2021.
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. This year's book is Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. The book will be mailed to new students in mid June and we ask them to read it before arriving to campus in August. On the Sunday of New Student Orientation we will have the common read program, including a visit from the author.
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?
Wednesday August 18th
Details about your check-in time and location will be provided in an email from the Residence Life 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.
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 Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 22.
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.
Can I meet with my student's adviser?
Yes, holistic advising meetings will take place on Friday, August 20 during Family Orientation. Information about the holistic advising meetings will be given to family members at Family Orientation check in on August 19.
Is Family Orientation 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?
Family members are asked to depart campus after the Farewell Picnic at lunchtime on August 20. Student will continue on with their orientation programming that afternoon.