New Student Transition Dates

 

For our new Juniatians, we have designed a series of activities and events throughout the summer to help prepare you to be an Eagle:

Summer Orientation

is a required one-day experience where you will receive vital information on how to be a successful student inside and outside of the classroom. Orientation will be provided synchronously in-person and online. Register for one of the dates listed.

Inbound

is an interest-based small group experience. All new students, who are not Fall athletes, can participate in Inbound programming during their Fall Orientation experience. Register for Inbound below.

Below is a calendar of these events. Please select and register for Summer Orientation (required) and Inbound.  Log in using the same e-mail address and password that you used for your Juniata admission application. 

Inbound Themes

When registering for Inbound you will indicate your top three interest areas. During your Fall on-boarding experiences, you will participate in small group activities in your theme, as well as other community-building, community-expectation, and getting-to-know campus activities. Optional Inbound retreat activities will be offered throughout the Fall semester.

Travel and activity levels are rated on a high, moderate, low scale to help you select the best possible retreat for you. Retreats with high travel time will travel 2+ hours from campus or include an overnight activity. Retreats with high activity levels will have activities that require physical exertion for 1+ hours, at least. 

  • Arts: This retreat is one that allows for incoming students to express themselves through the creation of their own visual art. All experience levels are welcome. Travel time is high and activity level is low. 
  • Camping: This retreat features a multiple night camping experience in the woods. Travel is high and activity level is moderate. 
  • Community Service: Incorporating one of the integral principles of Juniata, this retreat allows for students to help within Huntingdon and surrounding counties by working on a variety of service projects. Travel time is low and activity level is low.
  • Cycling: On this retreat, you will get to see some of the natural beauty surrounding Huntingdon while biking trails nearby. Other outdoor activities such as kayaking and high ropes will be incorporated. Bikes will be provided or you can bring your own! Travel time is low and activity level is high.
  • Gaming: For those students who enjoy games, arcades, and other similar activities. Excursions include a trip to an escape room and other related activities. Travel time is moderate and activity level is low. 
  • Hiking: On this retreat, you will get to see some of the natural beauty surrounding Huntingdon while hiking trails nearby. Other outdoor activities such as kayaking and high ropes will be incorporated. Travel time is low and activity level is high.
  • Outdoor Adventures: Incorporating some favorite activities, this retreat will involve white water rafting, high ropes, and other outdoor activities. Travel time is high and activity level is high.
  • Performing Arts: Incorporating elements of theater, dance, and performance, students will be given the opportunity to express themselves creatively. Travel time is low and activity level is moderate. 
  • Plexus: Juniata's Plexus retreat is designed to allow new students with passion about multiculturalism to meet other new and returning students and offer their friendship, support, and guidance. Travel time is low and activity level is low. 
  • Science Scholars: For students with a passion for scientific exploration and discovery, this retreat invites them to experience activities related to sciences. Travel time is low and activity level is low. 
  • Sophomore Retreat: For students who were fully remote last year, this retreat gives sophomores who will be living on campus for the first time the chance to meet other students with similar experiences. Travel time is low and activity level is low.  
  • Sports & Rec: This retreat is one that incorporates the enjoyment of sports with other outdoor activities. Including going to a baseball game, time at Raystown Lake, and other activities, students of all experience levels will be able to enjoy a variety of activities. Travel time is moderate and activity level is moderate. 
  • Wildlife: For students that are interested in environmental studies or even just enjoy the outdoors, this retreat spends time at the field station on Raystown Lake, including an overnight stay. Travel time is moderate and activity level is low. 

More Important Dates

  • Move-In for Orientation 5 Attendees: August 21
  • Orientation 5: August 22
  • New Student Move-In: August 22*
  • Inbound: August 22 - August 25
  • First Day of Classes: August 26
  • Welcome Week: August 26 – September 3
  • Lobsterfest - Student Involvement Fair: Sunday, September 5
  • Homecoming and Family Weekend: October 29 - October 31
  • Thanksgiving Break (residence halls closed): November 24 - 28
  • Winter Recess Begins (residence halls closed): December 18

* Fall athletes and students from abroad will receive specific move-in dates and instructions from their respective coach or the Center for International Education. Students electing not to participate in Inbound, and are not fall athletes, will move in on August 24.

Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

What will we do during Summer Orientation?
Summer Orientation will be a hybrid model this year with synchronous sessions online and in-person. In this experience you  will have the chance to meet fellow students, finalize your class schedule, and get your questions answered. A limited number of in-person spaces will be made available to students and a family member in early June. 

I am in the August 5 Summer Orientation, will I be moving into my room?
You will move into your on-campus room on Saturday, August 21.

I am participating in Inbound, will there be any conflict with the August Summer Orientation?
No, you are able to participate in both Orientation 5 and Inbound.

When will I receive information on the move-in process?
Please monitor your Juniata email for details on the move-in process for Fall 2021.

Inbound Frequently Asked Questions

If I am a transfer student to Juniata and not a freshman, can I still participate in Inbound?
Yes! Inbound is open to all first-year students, meaning “first-year at Juniata” not necessarily those in freshmen class standing. This classification includes freshmen, transfer students, and new students from abroad.

How does retreat placement work?
When you register online, you will be asked your top two retreat themes. We will place you into one of these choices as long as you register at least one week prior to the retreat date. We do not place you on a first-come, first-serve basis.

How will I find out which retreat I am in?
You will be notified via your Juniata email account.

When I arrive on campus for Inbound will I be moving into my room for the semester?
Yes, you will move directly into your room. Housing assignments are sent out by the Office of Residential and Campus Life by August 1.

What should I bring?
Most retreats do not require you to bring anything above and beyond what you would normally pack for college. If your retreat requires something special (hiking shoes, sports equipment, items for projects, etc.) we’ll let you know via email.

How large will my retreat be?
Inbound retreats will be approximately 12 first year students and two upper-class student leaders: the perfect size for getting to know one another!

Will I get to meet any upper-class students?
Yes! Each retreat will have two upper-class students leading your retreat. Your new student transitions leader are there to serve as your guides, mentors, and teachers. They will be with you throughout the entire retreat ensuring everything runs smoothly.