Champlain's orientation program is designed to get students acclimated to the college before classes begin. January Orientation is quite a bit smaller than August, however it is just as important. The majority of incoming students in January are transferring in from other colleges. We know that many students have been through orientations before, so we try to focus the weekend on getting to know the campus as well as some familiar faces before the semester begins. This year, orientation will be held January 10-11, 2015
Students will be in put into small groups with Orientation Leaders, and have plenty of time during the weekend to meet other students, new and old; find class locations; and settle into living in Burlington.
We'd love the opportunity to welcome you to campus and see that you get started on the right foot. More details to follow. Please feel free to contact Jared Cadrette with questions regarding Orientation.
Residential Student Orientation Check-In at the IDX Student Life Center, Fireside Lounge: Check in at your convenience to pick up your orientation packet. All students may pick up their Champlain College ID or have their photo ID taken, drop off health forms, pick up books, learn about work-study opportunities and get settled in during this time. Bring your laptop to get your account set up, and receive assistance connecting to the network.
Taking Care of Business—Meetings in Individual Offices: The advising and registration, admissions, student accounts and financial aid staffs are available in Perry Hall to assist you with last minute questions. The Student Life and the Counseling and Accommodations office are open in Skiff Hall. The Career Services office is open in Garden House, 328 Maple Street, for you to explore work-study opportunities. Please feel free to visit any of these offices on an individual basis.
Commuter Student Check-in at the IDX Student Life Center, Fireside Lounge: Check in to receive your orientation packet, have your ID photos taken, drop off outstanding health forms, and pick up books if needed.
Welcome Students & Families — Meet in the IDX Student Life Center, Fireside Lounge: Join Provost Laurie Quinn along with faculty and staff for an official welcome to Champlain College before you begin your orientation experience. Welcome! We're really glad you're here.
Meet and Mingle: Finding Your Way in the Fireside Lounge: Students and families learn about the resources available at Champlain College. This time is designed to inform families about admissions, academic divisions, advising and registration, financial aid, student accounts, study abroad program, campus safety and parking, residential life, career planning, counseling services, civic engagement, student activities, and health services.
Orientation Group Meeting in the Argosy Gymnasium: Students, grab your name tag because it's time to meet your orientation leader and orientation group. You'll play games, review the schedule for the weekend, and learn about the boundless possibilities that your new environment has to offer.
Say Farewell to Families in the Fireside Lounge: Feel free to use this time to tie up any loose ends, say goodbye to friends and family, and celebrate the start of your college career. Good luck to you all as you navigate your way through this big transition. We wish you the best!
Game Show in the Fireside Lounge: Join us for some hilarious rounds of fun with interesting trivia and tasks. Do you have what it takes to be the big winner? There are some great prizes you don't want to miss. We'll see you there!
Meet the Residential Life Team in the Fireside Lounge (Residential Students Only): Meet the wonderful residential life staff. Ask any questions you may still have, and find out more about living on campus. Hear more about the challenges and advantages of starting in January, and how to make the most of this opportunity.
Pizza Putt in South Burlington: Pizza Putt is a local pizza place that offers so much more than pizza! You can play miniature golf, laser tag, and video games. Snacks will be provided, so bring your appetite. Transportation will be available directly after the event to drive you back to campus and Spinner Place.
Campus Tour — IDX Student Life Center, Fireside Lounge: Not sure where a class is located? Can't find the Miller Information Commons? Want to check out the photography lab? Bring your class schedule and an Orientation Leader will show you where to go, what to see and where to find the hidden gems of the Champlain campus.
College Bookstore Open: Durick Hall.
Head to Sugarbush Mountain—Front of Aiken Hall: Transportation will be available in front of Aiken Hall at 10:30 A.M. to take us to Sugarbush Mountain!.
Skiing at Sugarbush Mountain: Join the Orientation Leaders and Staff for an afternoon of information sharing and skiing at Sugarbush Mountain. Don’t own ski or snowboard equipment? Never skied before? We can take care of all of that for you so you can enjoy this fun afternoon of skiing as you lean to embrace the Vermont culture on your first weekend here! Please dress for the weather including hats and gloves. If you have any questions talk with your Orientation Leader.
First Day of Classes
Best of luck on your first day of classes. Be sure to rest up the night before!
Spring Activities Fair
3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
This event is a great way to help you get involved on and off campus. You can mix and mingle to various tables to sign up for clubs and organizations, learn about various campus offices, get more information about potential leadership opportunities, and hear from local businesses. This is going to be a fun and exciting event, so don’t miss out!
9:00 P.M. – 12:00 A.M.
Hilton Burlington Hotel
This Alice in Wonderland themed, semi-formal dance is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Enjoy a night of music and dancing just down the road, at the Hilton Burlington Hotel. Transportation will be provided to and from campus. You will want to attend this event so be sure to get your ticket early!