Orientation FAQ


Why is New Student Orientation important?

Transitioning into college is a very big step in life. Orientation provides an environment that allows students to ask questions, address logistical issues, and make new friends. Whether you are a new freshman or a transfer, Orientation will help acquaint you with college life and give you a sense of stability and community.


Where might I find the schedule of events?

Click on the Orientation Schedule link, but please remember this schedule is subject to change if necessary.


Where and when can I check in?

You may check in at your residence hall anytime between 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015. Please note that all new students will be arriving during this time, so do not feel like you have to be here first thing in the morning, as there may be a long line.


Can I come early or arrive late?

Unless you have an unusual circumstance, please plan to arrive during this time. The staff is busily preparing for new students and won't be ready for you until Friday morning. Also, because of the importance of Orientation, we want you to be here in time for all the events.


When do things officially begin?

For students? Orientation Teams will meet at 4:00 p.m. on the chapel lawn.

For parents? Parents Orientation begins at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel.


When do things officially end for parents?

Family farewells will take place following lunch on Sunday.


Should siblings come to Orientation?

This is a difficult question to answer, and we leave this decision to the parents. Since Orientation programming is geared towards students and parents, siblings may feel out of place, but they are more than welcome to come. Babysitting is provided during the Parents Orientation on Friday and the Introduction to Covenant session on Saturday morning.


When does the meal plan begin?

All new students can begin eating on their meal plan as of dinner on Friday, August 21. New students should use their orientation name tags as their temporary meal ticket until their student IDs will officially work.


What about meals for the families?

Families may purchase meal tickets with check or cash either in Carter lobby or at the door to the Great Hall.


Where can I ship my belongings prior to classes beginning?

Should you need to ship belongings to school, they should be addressed to Covenant College in general (until you receive your assigned box number) with your name, NEW STUDENT, and 1 of __ packages, so that Office Services will know how many packages to expect. New students will receive a campus box assignment upon arrival to campus.


Are freshmen allowed to bring cars to campus?

All students are permitted to have cars on campus, but must park in the areas designated by the College. All vehicles must be registered with the safety & security office. You may register your car in Carter Hall on Friday afternoon.


Is there a calendar online?

Yes. Click on the Calendar link, where you will find the admissions, academic, and financial aid calendars, as well as events.


Where can I ask for more information?

During Orientation, there will be an Information Desk located in Carter Hall lobby. Just stop by and we will be happy to help you. Also, please visit other pages within the student life website for more information regarding student life at Covenant and to meet the student development staff and residence life staff.


What if I have extenuating circumstance and cannot attend Orientation?

Please contact Sarah Ocando to discuss your situation or any other questions regarding Orientation.


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