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Connections for New Students

New Student Orientation and Welcome Week
For all new and transfer students

Fall 2014 New Student Orientation will take place August 24-26, 2014. Welcome Week activities continue through September 9, 2014.

Fall 2014 courses begin on Wednesday, August 27. The TC3 Academic Calendar contains important dates for each semester, including deadlines.

Questions? E-mail or call 607.844.8222, Ext. 4521.

Parents, spouses and other sponsors

In addition to activities for students there are programs for parents, spouses and other sponsors.

New Student Orientation Schedule

Orientation information and a schedule of events will be mailed to all new students who have already attended START (Student Transition Advisement, Registration, and Testing) in early August. Students attending START later in August will receive orientation information at their START appointment.

Please note that the schedule below is tentative and all students will receive a final schedule with detailed information including session locations at Orientation Check-in. Orientation Check-In will take place on Monday, August 25 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the BorgWarner Morse Tec Field House in the athletic facility. At Orientation Check-in, new students will receive a TC3 bag, student planner, and more. New Resident Students living on campus will move in to the Residence Halls on Sunday, August 24 between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and have a required floor meeting to attend at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Many TC3 offices have extended open hours during Orientation and Welcome Week so that you can take care of everything you need prior to the start of classes. Extended hours will be posted here soon.

Attendance at events marked with * required for new students living in the TC3 residence halls.

Sunday, August 24

9 a.m.–4 p.m. New Resident Students Move In (TC3 Residence Halls)*
Noon–4 p.m. TC3 Offices Open (Enrollment Services, Bookstore, TC3 Card, etc.)
1–4 p.m. Open StrengthsQuest Computer Lab Time (for students who did not complete the StrengthsQuest inventory prior to coming to Orientation)
8 p.m. Residence Life Floor Meetings*

Monday, August 25

8:30-9:30 a.m. Orientation Check-In*
8:30-10 a.m. College and Community Resource Fair *
10–10:45 a.m. College Welcome and New Student Convocation *
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Academic Program Orientation * - Meet the faculty and learn more about your degree program
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch with your Academic Program (provided)
1:30-3 p.m. Adult Student Orientation (for students age 24 or older or those who have been out of school for 5 or more years).
1:30-3 p.m. Commuter Student Orientation (for students ages 18-23 who commute from home or live in off-campus housing including College Suites and private apartments/homes).
1:30-3 p.m. International Student Orientation
1:30-3 p.m. Resident Student Orientation * (required for all students living in the TC3 Residence Halls).
3-4 p.m. Student Success Sessions and Special Population Orientations (choose the session you would like to attend from this list)
3-5 p.m. Open StrengthsQuest Computer Lab Time (for students who did not complete the StrengthsQuest inventory prior to coming to Orientation)
4-5 p.m. Student Success Sessions and Special Population Orientations (choose the session you would like to attend from this list)
8-11 p.m. Orientation Social Activity – “Shot of Reality” an Improv Comedy Group (optional)

Tuesday, August 26

8:45 a.m. Orientation Check-In and Team Assignments Assistance * (required for all new students living in the TC3 residence halls, recommended for new students ages 18-23 who are commuting from home or living in off-campus housing (commuters register here), optional for adult students)
9–10 a.m. Team Meeting *
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rotating Required Orientation Sessions (see descriptions below) :
Safety at TC3*
Your Health & Success*
Our CommUNITY*
StrengthsQuest & Your Success*

9-11 p.m. Orientation Social Activity – Outdoor Movie (optional)

TC3 FYI – This session informs new students about important TC3 academic and student conduct policies. In this session you will learn about our TC3 community standards, including important information about academic integrity, student rights and responsibilities, and more.

Safety at TC3 – TC3 prides itself on being a safe and supportive campus community. This session will also introduce students to important safety practices they should follow on and off campus, and will allow them to meet the Campus Police staff.

Our CommUNITY – This session will introduce TC3’s community value of diversity. The session will provide students active opportunities to better understand the strengths each of us brings to our community, and how these strengths and unique characteristics impact how we see, experience, and participate in the world around us.

Your Health and Success – Staying healthy is important to your success as a college student. Learn about how five important health and wellness practices can impact your academic success and start your first semester on the right track.

StrengthsQuest and Your Success – Research indicates that investing more effort in your strengths, rather than your weaknesses, will produce significantly greater results. Find out your strengths using Gallup's StrengthsFinder® and start learning how to use those strengths for success in academics, career, and your personal life.

Wednesday, August 27

Classes Begin

Welcome Week Activities

7:30 a.m.–11 a.m. Start your semester off right with free grab and go breakfast (while supplies last).
Noon-1 p.m. Student Success Sessions and Special Population Orientations
Evening TBD Residence Life Floor Meetings * (required for all residents)

Thursday, August 28

Classes Continue

Welcome Week Activities


Friday, August 29

Classes Continue

Welcome Week Activities

Noon-1 p.m. Student Government Association (SGA) Information Session
2-4 p.m. StrengthsQuest Workshop

Saturday, August 30

Classes Continue

Welcome Week Activities

Noon Volleyball vs Davis College
7 p.m. Men’s Soccer Game vs. Holyoke CC

Sunday, August 31

Welcome Week Activities


Monday, September 1

No Classes - Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, September 2

Classes Resume

Welcome Week Activities


Wednesday, September 9

Classes Continue

3-6 p.m. "Get Connected" Activities Fair (Student Center)

Extended TC3 Office Hours for Orientation and Welcome Week will be posted soon!

Please note the College is closed on Monday, September 1 in observation of Labor Day