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Fall New Student Orientation

Your New Student Orientation experience will help you get acclimated to campus life before classes begin. We can't wait to see you on campus!

New Student Orientation is all about welcoming you to your new home.

Get ready for a weekend completely focused on helping you settle in to your new life at Champlain! The weekend before classes begin, we host New Student Orientation for all of our incoming students. Every element and activity is intentionally guided by the core belief that feeling connected to people and the Champlain campus is essential to student success.

After all, positive relationships with your peers and campus support systems will build your foundation for a successful transition to college. Indulge in some fun (and killer views!) on our Lake Champlain boat cruise—a classic Champlain tradition—and enjoy lawn games, live music at open-mic night, and more.

Orientation gives you the opportunity to:

  • Make connections with peers over shared interests and identities
  • Engage with key resources critical to student success
  • Understand your role in creating a campus culture of safety and wellbeing
  • Identify ways to get involved on campus that are meaningful to you
  • Develop relationships with your faculty advisor and peers in your academic division

Which in turn, sets you up to thrive here at Champlain! All incoming students are required to attend Orientation, so you’ll get to meet all of your fellow classmates, transfer students, and the upper-year student leaders who are so excited to connect with you and show you the ropes.

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Move-In & More

Move-in is the first thing you’ll do as part of Orientation. Pull up in your vehicle to your assigned residence hall and wave hello to the many staff and students who will be on the sidewalk waiting to greet you and show you where to park! We’ll help you unload your car, you’ll check in with your Resident Advisor and get your room key, then head up to your new room! Once your belongings are dropped off, one of your family members will be asked to bring your car down to our Lakeside campus parking lot, and they’ll take the Champlain shuttle back up to main campus to help you unpack and set up your room.

Transition Support Continues After Orientation

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    Champ 101

    Part of our InSight Program’s wellbeing theme, Champ 101 is a 10-week program designed specifically for incoming first-year students. The goal? Help you find your footing as you enter college life.

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    Transfer Connections

    Transfer Connections is a program offered to students who transferred to Champlain. The workshops are designed to create a sense of belonging and foster academic success.

August 2024 Orientation Details

Now that you’ve gotten the general overview of Orientation, you may be searching for some more specific information related to August 2024 Orientation. A full schedule will be posted in August for both students and families, but for now, feel free to check out our event listing!

New Student Orientation 2024 Event

Fall Admitted Students

Perry Hall, 1st Floor
PO Box 670
Burlington VT 05402
Monday – Friday
Fax: 802-419-4957