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  • Student helping another student move in

    The Orientation Team, OT, helps new students move into their campus living facilities and with events throughout orientation.

  • Students participating in the cake race

    The Cake Race, a Davidson tradition since 1930, is a voluntary 1.3 race around campus during new student orientation.

New Student Orientation

Welcome new students and new Davidson families! We are so excited to welcome you to the Davidson community.

During New Student Orientation, incoming students have the opportunity to spend time with lots of people who will be integral to their time at Davidson. Students will learn about the college and its values, important resources, the town of Davidson, and hopefully something new about themselves.

New Student Orientation is required for all new students. Parents are invited to attend in order to meet their student's academic adviser, hall counselor and roommate as well as to learn about how they can best support their student during their time at Davidson.

2018 Orientation

Thursday, Aug. 16–Sunday, Aug. 19

New Student and Parent Orientations for the 2018-19 school year will officially begin on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 8:30 a.m. Optional move-in for new students will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6-9 p.m.

The 2018 orientation schedules for students and parents are taking shape and will be finalized over the course of the coming months. In the meantime, please view the 2017 orientation schedule for an idea of what to expect.

2017 Orientation Schedules For Reference

Please note: The Parent Handbook (PDF) is annually reviewed, revised, and updated by individual departments.


Early Move In


Activity Locations

  • Alvarez College Union
  • Duke Family Performance Hall
  • Vail Commons
  • Baker Sports Complex
  • Belk Residence Hall
  • Chambers Building
  • Lake Campus

If you have any questions about Orientation, please call the Dean of Students Office at 704-894-2225.