Inbound is a four-day program for Juniata College’s new students. This includes freshmen, transfer students and international students—anyone who is new to campus. All new students are required to participate unless they are on a fall sport roster. A combination of small group retreats and large group activities help participants meet their classmates, get to know upperclassmen and become acclimated to campus before classes even begin. With a wide variety of retreat themes to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

what is inbound

Getting Started

Inbound begins on Saturday, August 24, 2019 with check-in and move-in from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. There will be Peer Leaders stationed at each residence hall to assist with move-in and to point you wherever you need to go. The Resident Assistants (RAs) will also be available as you get settled into your room. All Inboundees and their families are invited to the President’s Picnic on the Quad from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. New Eagles will have a chance to say one last goodbye to family and friends at approximately 3 p.m. Afterwards, the Inbound fun begins!

Retreat Groups

A typical retreat group includes 10 first-year students, 2 Peer Leaders and 1 Staff/Faculty Advisor.

Retreat Themes

This year there are 21 different retreat themes, ranging from biking and hiking to dance and theatre. When you register online, you will be asked to list your top 5 preferences. We will do our very best to fit each participant into one of their top 3 choices (but we cannot make any guarantees). We do NOT fill spots on a first-come, first-served basis because we want all participants to enjoy what they’re doing, no matter when they learn about Inbound and find time to register. Visit our “Retreat Opportunities” page for retreat descriptions.

Small Group Retreat Activities

In the small groups, participants will take part in varied activities based on their retreat theme. For instance—the Biking retreat will ride local bike trails, complete a service project with the Raystown Mountain Bike Association and explore Huntingdon by bike; the Theatre retreat will participate in a variety of workshops and tour a historic theatre; the Martial Arts retreat will learn tai chi from our very own Dr. Phil Dunwoody and travel to State College for kickboxing; the Equestrian retreat will have you out on a horse with the director of public safety, Jesse Leonard. Again, you can visit our “Retreat Opportunities” page for more information.

Large Group Activities

During various times throughout the Inbound program, individual retreat groups may come together for activities which allow participants to meet even more of their classmates and upperclassmen. Additionally, we’ll all come together for larger group activities which may include fun team competitions, movies, bowling, etc. Even though you won’t be in class, we want to make sure you learn something too. You'll have a great time learning about other cultures at the Center for International Education sponsored cultural event. Your Peer Leaders will help you learn the ropes as they explain tips and tricks of how to be a Juniata Eagle! Of course, we’ll still have plenty of fun with our other nightly events, including an Inboundee Social where you’ll get a chance to meet your new classmates!


Inbound is a social, transitional program for first-year students. Upon completion of the Inbound program through small and large group activities, students will:

  • Establish new social relationships
  • Become acclimated to the campus and surrounding community
  • Experience less anxiety about starting college
  • Become acclimated to collegiate living
  • Learn ways in which to become engaged and involved on campus
  • Become more confident with oneself
  • Gain knowledge about collegiate interests
  • Meet faculty, staff and/or community members who serve as additional resources to students