Pre-Orientation Programs for the Class of 2019 Skip Navigation

Pre-Orientation Programs

Colgate offers seven optional summer pre-orientation programs prior to Colgate's regular Arrival Day.

Application Period

There are still spaces available in the pre-orientation programs, and applications will be accepted until all spaces are filled. Once filled, an update will be made to this site.

Available Programs

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Find details below, or download the 2015 Pre-Orientation Brochure (PDF)

Wilderness Adventure

Colgate students hiking in the Adirondacks
Wilderness Adventure is Colgate’s largest pre-orientation program. Between 125–150 first-year students will begin their Colgate experience by living and traveling in the wilderness with a small group of other first-year students and two or three highly trained student leaders.
Participants will work together to hike, paddle, climb, cave, or bike through stunning New York wilderness. No previous technical or wilderness experience is needed for any of our trips, just a willingness to have fun, learn, and meet new people.
Physical Education Credit: Wilderness Adventure earns you ONE physical education credit. Note: 2 credits required for graduation.
Session 2016 Dates About
Session I August 6 – August 11 6-day trip; 4-day wilderness component
Session II August 16 – August 21 6-day trip; 4-day wilderness component

(*Arrangements can be made for early arrivals on August 5th and 15th)


Outreach: Community Service

Colgate students doing community service and painting a fenceGet to know your new community and start making new friends!

Drawing on the connections between the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education and community organizations in Hamilton and Utica, Outreach is a 3-day volunteer service experience that builds strong student bonds through collaborative service. Recreational evening activities continue to build on such bonds.

Dates: August 19 - August 22


Maroon-News: Newspaper

Students work in the Maroon-News officeJoin the staff of the oldest college weekly newspaper in America, the Maroon-News, to put together a special issue just for your incoming class!

We welcome anyone with an interest in writing, editing, layout, photography, business, online design, or videography. Prior experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Dates: August 20-22
Contact Information:

WRCU: Radio

Student DJ at the mic for WRCUSpend three days with WRCU, Colgate's own non-commercial, class-C licensed radio station. Learn all things radio, from how to be a DJ to the behind-the-scenes operations of the station. No prior radio experience required.

Dates: August 20-22
Contact Information:
   - Ian Vannix (
   - Matthew Kavanagh (


Raider Pep Band Camp

Raider Pep Band group photo Get psyched for Raider athletics and make new friends with the Raider Pep Band. Students spend the days working on new music, getting oriented to the Colgate campus, and getting to know their bandmates. All levels of musical experience are welcome.

Dates: August 20-22
Contact Information: Amy Walendziak,


Masque and Triangle Student Theatre Society: New Expressions Camp

Students in costume on stageWant to play with scenes and monologues? Want to make best friends? Indulge yourself in theatrics.

This one-of-a-kind experience offers workshops in stage movement, directing, dance, writing, improvisational comedy, technical theatre, and more. Whether theatre is your thing and you dig all things theatrical, or you want to try something completely different, the Masque & Triangle camp is for you. No prior experience necessary.

Dates: August 20-22
Contact Information: Zach Abt, & Michael DiGiorgio,


Religious Life

Colgate Memorial ChapelThis is a great opportunity for incoming students to get to know the students, faculty, and staff who make religious life on campus so vibrant! The program is meant for students of any faith, or none. 

Explore campus, spend a morning on a nearby farm with members of the local Amish community, and learn a bit about your own tradition, as well as the traditions of your new friends.

Dates: August 20-22
Contact Information: Rabbi Dena Bodian,