New Student Orientation 2013
What is New Student Orientation?
The New Student Orientation Program is an experience designed to acclimate you to the social and academic atmosphere you will encounter at RMC, as well as orient you to campus. Orientation will provide you with various opportunities to interact with your classmates, as well as with key faculty, staff, and student leaders who will support you throughout your college career.
What's in it for me?
The purpose of New Student Orientation is to assist students in making a positive transition to college life by preparing them for success in the classroom and within the greater RMC community.
Through your active participation in New Student Orientation you will:
- Gain valuable insight into academic, social, and community expectations;
- Become familiar with student success resources; and
- Make positive connections with faculty, staff, returning students, and peers.
How do I participate?
To participate in New Student Orientation, you must confirm your enrollment to RMC by submitting your new student deposit of $250. Orientation is required for all first-year students.
When do I need to arrive?
Check-in for Fall 2013 begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 22nd, in your assigned residence hall. New Student Orientation registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Bair Family Student Center.
What's the schedule of events?
Staff and student leaders are busy working to create a purposeful and detailed schedule for Fall 2013 New Student Orientation. To give you an idea of what to expect, please see the overview listed below.
Thursday, August 22nd
Your first day on campus is designed to get you comfortably moved in and to help you acclimate to your new home and surroundings. You will meet the residence life staff and resident advisor (RA) on your floor, your Campus Compass peer instructor, and other student leaders.
Thursday will include:
- Residence hall check-in
- New student and family luncheon
- Registration and administrative orientation
- Student meeting
- Parent orientation sessions
- President's Dinner on the RMC Green
- Residence hall floor meeting
Friday, August 23rd
The focus of programming on Friday is academic preparation. You will have an opportunity to meet your faculty members, enjoy lunch with your academic advisor, and connect with a variety of students and staff members dedicated to supporting your academic success. There will also be plenty of time to get to know your neighbors and classmates.
Friday will include:
- Services for Academic Success (SAS) meeting
- Campus Compass classes
- Lunch with your faculty advisor
- Academic department meetings with the faculty
- Leadership, Engagement, Achievement Program (LEAP) meeting
- Pizza and bowling
Saturday, August 24th
Building strong relationships on campus and in the broader Billings community is an essential component for college success, and programming on Saturday is designed to help you build these relationships.
Saturday will include:
- Campus Compass Service Day in and around Billings
- Co-curricular interest group programming; events tailored to your individual interests
Sunday, August 25th
Sunday is dedicated to rest and relaxation. You will find plenty of time to settle in, get caught up, and prepare for your first week of classes.
Sunday will include:
- Outdoor chapel service
- Yellowstone River rafting
- Annual "Welcome Home" dinner
Monday, August 26th
- Classes begin