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Transfer Orientation

We recognize that as a transfer student you already have much of the knowledge that will help you navigate this next segment of your college career. However, since every college is a little bit different, we think that it is important that we work to quickly acquaint you with how to succeed at Elmira.  Our three-day Transfer Orientation program goes beyond you just meeting with your advisor and registering for classes. Orientation Leaders will show you the College campus from the students' point of view. Transfer students can also participate in the Candlelight Ceremony which demonstrates the beauty and excitement of our time-honored traditions.

Our goal is to help you get to know Elmira College and make it your new home.

Please send your final transcripts to the Office of Admissions as soon as possible. This will make the whole experience of advising and course selection a lot quicker and smoother.

Transfer Student Fall Orientation

Friday, August 30th

9:00 a.m. -- Resident Student Check-In
Meier Hall Stephans Lounge

10:30 a.m. -- Commuter Student Check-In
Meier Hall Stephans Lounge

11:00 a.m.- 11:45 a.m. -- Welcome Ceremony
Meier Hall Stephans Lounge

Noon-1:15 p.m. – Lunch and Student Services Fair
Campus Center Dining Hall

1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. -- Student Resources Information Session
Gibson Theatre

2:45 p.m.- 3:15 p.m. -- Academic Advising and Registration Information Session
Campus Center Tifft Lounge

3:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m. -- Academic Advising and Course Registration
Advisor’s Office & Registrar
Note: Direct Foreign Language questions to Dr. Lauren Shaw at735-1723

Immediately following: -- Walking Tour of Downtown Elmira
Depart from Registrar’s Office

5:15 p.m. -- Change into your Transfer Shirt for the Orientation Barbecue
Assigned Residence Hall or Campus Center Restrooms
Note: Wear your beanie and nametag.

5:30 p.m. -- Meet with OLs to go to Barbeque with Group Leaders
Simeon Benjamin Lawns
Note: Wear your beanie and nametag.

Immediately following -- Orientation Barbecue: 
The President’s Garden
Rain: Campus Center Dining Hall

Immediately following -- Orientation Celebration: 
The President’s Garden
Rain: Speidel Gymnasium
Note: Join OLs from your class year.

7:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m. -- Residence Hall Meeting
Commuter students: EC Billiards and Darts
Twin Towers Main Lounge
Campus Center MacKenzie’s & Bowling Alley

9:00 p.m. -- OL Talent Extravaganza
Gibson Theatre

Saturday, August 31st 

9:30 a.m.-10:20 a.m. -- Breakfast with your Orientation Leaders
Campus Center MacKenzie’s
Note: Bring your Orientation booklet.

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. -- Orientation Evaluation, Encore Pre-Survey, Life after Elmira Presentation 
Cowles Hall Peterson Chapel

11:30 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. -- Activities Fair Luncheon with your Orientation Leaders
Campus Center Dining Hall

1:00 p.m. -- “Sex Signals”
Gibson Theatre

2:30 p.m. -- RA Floor Meetings and Roommate Contracts with Residence Life
Your assigned Residence Hall

Immediately following -- Downtime and New Student Recreation
Your assigned Residence Hall, campus lawns, Speidel Gymnasium, Racquetball Courts, and the Locke Pool

5:30 p.m. -- Picnic Dinner
Cowles Lawns
Rain: Campus Center Dining Hall
Note: Wear your Class Shirt, nametag, and beanie. Bring your schedule booklet.

Immediately following -- EC Olympics and Tug of War
Carnegie Hall Lawn
Rain: Speidel Gymnasium

Immediately following -- Candlelight Ceremony
Assemble at Harris Hall
Rain: Campus Center Dining Hall

Immediately following -- Night Party
Obelisk Fields

Sunday, September 1st

9:00 a.m.- Noon -- Brunch with your Orientation Group Leaders
Campus Center, Dining Hall
Note: Your STUDENT ID will be required.

9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. -- Gibson Theatre Box Office Open
Gibson Theatre Lobby

10:00 a.m. -- Upperclassmen Arrive
Upperclass Residence Halls

10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. -- Computer Center Help Desk Hours
Gannett-Tripp Library, Nathenson Computer Center

11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. -- Bookstore, Business Office, and Post Office Open
McGraw Hall

2:00 p.m. -- Varsity Women’s Soccer Game
Campus Field

2:00-3:00 p.m. -- Academic Advisors available for Academic Information
Individual Offices

2:00- 3:30 p.m. -- Office of the Registrar available for Course Information
McGraw Hall, Room 113

4:00 p.m. -- Encore 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020
Gibson Theatre
Note the following: *Business attire (coat and tie for men, equivalent for women) required.
*Your student ID will be required at this event
*Proceed immediately from Encore to Academic Reception

6:00 p.m. -- Orientation Academic Reception
Campus Center Dining Hall
Note: Business Attire (coat and tie for men, equivalent for women) required.