Frequently Asked Questions

We've listed some of the most common questions and answers we receive regarding new student orientaton.

Student Questions

1. I've heard that there is a common reading book for all new students. Which book do I need to read?

The Dean of Students Office and Academic Affairs have a book selection committee each year that selects the common reading book for new students, which is discussed in small groups on Sunday of New Student Orientation.

2.Where can I get a copy of the Health Form that I need to complete and return?

The Student Health Center requires that each student complete the Health Form each year. Forms are due to the Student Health Center by mid July. Please call 704-894-2300 if you have any questions about the form itself. Note: When you call Student Health during the summer, you will hear a message that the Health Center is closed until the start of the academic year. However, you may still leave a message. Messages are checked several times per week and your messages will be answered promptly even though they are closed for medical services.

3.If I want to ship items in advance to the college, how do I do that? Where do I pick them up when I arrive?

During orientation, we have special package pickup times available for students who have mailed items to collect when they arrive. You may pick up your items at the Warehouse, which is located on Ridge Road, which runs behind campus. On the campus map, the Warehouse is #80. 

To send packages in advance to your arrival, address packages to "[Your Name], 209 Ridge Road, Davidson, NC 28035. Please make sure to clearly include your name on the package. You do not need to have a college box number on the package for orientation pick-up.

4.What is an optional early move-in?

About 2/3 of new students choose to take advantage of optional early move-in. Optional move-in allows students to come to Davidson one evening early in order to move their belongings into their Residence Halls the night before formal orientation begins. Students are able to unload all of their belongings into their rooms. However, students are not able to stay overnight in their residence hall rooms that evening. Optional move-in allows students to get into their room earlier to start getting settled and provides some relief from feeling rushed to move in and get registered on Thursday morning. 

5. Where do we check in? 

Wednesday Arrivals:
If you are arriving on Wednesday evening for optional early move-in there is no check-in before you unload at your residence hall. Hall counselors will unlock your room when you arrive on the hall. If you're coming to campus from I-85 down Davidson-Concord Road, you will turn into campus on Baker Drive. If you are coming from I-77 down Griffith Street, you will be brought in on Glasgow Street. Campus police officers will direct you to your residence hall. You may not stay in your room Wednesday night. On Thursday, you will need to go to registration in the College Union to get the rest of your information for orientation. Please park in Baker Parking Lot on Thursday.

Thursday Arrivals:
Before you move into your room, you need to go to the Alvarez College Union for check-in. This process can take up to 45 minutes, and needs to be completed before you move in. You may park in Baker Parking Lot, check-in in the Union, and then get in line to move into your residence hall. Campus police officers will help you get to your residence hall and there is signage throughout campus. You will meet your hall counselor to receive your room key and information.

6.When do I meet with my adviser?

On Friday of orientation, students will meet with their adviser and his or her other new student advisees as a group from 9:30-10 a.m. During student registration, your registration packet will contain information on who your adviser is and where your group is meeting. During that initial meeting, you discuss the general class registration process and will set up an individual meeting with your adviser that will take place sometime between 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. that same day in your adviser's office.

7.When do upperclassmen students arrive?

Most upperclassmen students move in to their residence halls beginning Saturday, August 25 at 8:30 a.m.

8.What is the appropriate attire for orientation events?

There is no set dress code for the orientation events. However, most people wear very casual clothing for most events (shorts, tennis shoes, comfortable shirt). In August, it can be quite warm in Davidson, especially for move-in. There are some events, however, where people like to dress in business casual. Those include the President's Convocation and the Honor Code and Code of Responsibility Commitment Ceremony.  However, we ask that you wear whatever feels appropriate to you and we want you to be as comfortable as possible.

Parent Questions

1. Can I meet with my student's adviser?

Time is allotted for you to meet with your student's adviser at 8:30 a.m. on Friday of orientation. Faculty advisers' names and locations for these meetings will be distributed at parent check-in on Thursday. If you attend this meeting, please note that it is a group meeting. The parents of the adviser's other advisees may also be in attendance.

2. Are the parent workshops on Thursday afternoon optional?

Yes. None of the orientation session options for parents are mandatory. While many of the sessions may prove useful to you, it is up to you which sessions you attend. However, many of the student sessions are mandatory. Please look at the orientation schedule at those events, which are marked with an asterisk (*).

3.When do parents leave? What if we want to stay past Friday lunch?

The parent portion of the orientation program concludes at the end of the Farewell Picnic Lunch on Friday of orientation. We understand that it is hard to part from your students so quickly, but students will be busy connecting with the Davidson community.