We've listed some of the most common questions and answers we receive regarding New Student Orientation.
The Dean of Students Office and Academic Affairs have a book selection committee each year that selects the common reading book for new students, which is discussed in small groups on Sunday of New Student Orientation. Information about the book discussion reading selection will be posted on the website as well as sent to new students in their New Student Orientation packet that they receive towards the beginning of the summer.
The Student Health Center requires that each student complete the Health Form each year. Forms are due to the Student Health Center by June 30th. Please call 704-894-2300 if you have any questions about the form itself. Note: When you call Student Health during the summer, you will hear a message that the Health Center is 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.
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.
About 2/3 of new students choose to take advantage of optional early move-in. Optional move-in allows students to come to Davidson one evening early in order to move their belongings into their residence halls the night before formal Orientation begins. Students are able to unload all of their belongings into their rooms. However, students are not able to stay overnight in their residence hall rooms that evening. Optional move-in allows students to get into their room earlier to start getting settled and provides some relief from feeling rushed to move in and get registered on Thursday morning.
If you are arriving on Wednesday evening for optional early move-in there is no check-in before you unload at your residence hall. Hall counselors will unlock your room when you arrive on the hall. If you're coming to campus from I-85 down Davidson-Concord Road, you will turn into campus on Baker Drive. If you are coming from I-77 down Griffith Street, you will be brought in on Glasgow Street. Campus police officers will direct you to your residence hall. You may not stay in your room Wednesday night. On Thursday, you will need to go to registration in the Baker Sports Complex to get the rest of your information for Orientation. Please park in Baker Parking Lot on Thursday.
Before you move into your room, you need to go to the Baker Sports Complex for check-in. This process can take up to 45 minutes, and needs to be completed before you move in. You may park in Baker Parking Lot, check-in at Baker at the Vance entrance, and then get in line to move into your residence hall. Campus police officers will help you get to your residence hall and there is signage throughout campus. You will meet your hall counselor to receive your room key and information.
On Friday of Orientation, students will meet with their adviser and his or her other new student advisees as a group from 9:30-10 a.m. During student registration, your registration packet will contain information on who your adviser is and where your group is meeting. During that initial meeting, you will discuss the general class registration process and will set-up an individual meeting with your adviser that will take place sometime between 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. that same day in your adviser's office.
Most upperclassmen students move in to their residence halls beginning the Saturday prior to the start of classes.
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. There are some events, however, where people may like to dress in business casual. Those include the President's Convocation and the Honor Code and Code of Responsibility Commitment Ceremony. However, we ask that you wear whatever feels appropriate to you and we want you to be as comfortable as possible.
Time is allotted for you to meet with your student's adviser at 8:30 a.m. on Friday of Orientation. Faculty advisers' names and locations for these meetings will be distributed at parent check-in on Thursday. If you attend this meeting, please note that it is a group meeting. The parents of the adviser's other advisees may also be in attendance.
Yes. None of the Orientation session options for parents are mandatory. While many of the sessions may prove useful to you, it is up to you which sessions you attend. However, many of the student sessions are mandatory. Please look at the Orientation schedule at those events, which are marked with an asterisk (*).
The parent portion of the Orientation program concludes at the end of the Farewell Picnic Lunch on Friday of Orientation. We understand that it is hard to part from your student(s) so quickly, but they will be busy connecting with the Davidson community.