Do I have to attend New Student Orientation?
Attending one of the New Student Orientation programs is highly encouraged for all incoming new students. The Orientation program will help prepare students and families for the transition to college life and the Blackburn College community.
When is New Student Orientation?
There are four 1-Day Orientation programs throughout the summer. The dates for this summer’s Orientation programs are Thursday, June 21; Friday, June 22; Saturday, June 23; or Friday, July 13. Each Orientation program offers information regarding the Blackburn College community, resources for both parents and family members, as well as student resources, and connections with student leaders. Information regarding the check-in and move-in process for the fall semester are also covered.
How do I reserve my spot for New Student Orientation?
The registration link for all four of the Orientation programs will go live on May 7. The Orientation programs have a capped capacity of students allowed to register for each program. The registration process will be first come, first serve basis. Students are encouraged to bring guests, whether they be parents, family members, or other members of their support system. We ask each student to limit their number of guests to two. If there are questions or concerns about the registration process, if you need to change or cancel your reservation or if you have questions about, please contact the Office of New Student Orientation and Success at Orientation@Blackburn.edu or 217-854-5623.
What are the fees for New Student Orientation?
We do not charge a registration fee for students or for their guests to attend an Orientation program. At Orientation each student (and their guests) receive resource documents, give aways, refreshments, and lunch. To continue to offer our Orientation programs at no cost, we do ask that each student be limited to two guests. For additional guests: please be aware that Ding dining hall lunches cost $6.54 per person.
What can I expect at New Student Orientation?
The New Student Orientation program will begin with Check In, starting at 8:00am in the Demuzio Campus Center (DCC). Check in will be from 8:00am – 8:30am with the Welcome Session beginning at 8:30am. The student and guest programs will both end at approximately 5:00pm. Students will complete Work Program paperwork at Orientation and will need to bring either a passport or a driver’s license ID and their social security card. Parents and family members will receive a program with information on campus resources and opportunities to learn about the Blackburn Community so that they can better support their students through their transition to college life. Both students and guests will have opportunities to meet and speak with faculty, staff, and student leaders from the Blackburn community. The Check – In, Move – In, and Week of Welcome schedule will also be covered at Orientation.