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WSO Schedule

Move-in and orientation for Winter Starts begins on Saturday, January 13, 2018.You should receive your residence hall assignment early in the week of January 8, 2018.  You will engage in orientation activities both on and off campus.   

Student Orientation:  Saturday, January 13 - Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Parent Orientation:  Saturday, January 13 -Sunday, January 14, 2018.  Parent Orientation will end at noon on Sunday, January 14.            

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January 13 - January 20, 2018

Remember to contact Residential Life & Campus Activities at 719-389-6800 for all of your WSO questions.

Below is a schedule outlining Winter Start Orientation (WSO).  You will also need to complete the required forms on this “CC Bound” website; those forms will be available starting July 1, 2017.  Here’s other important information for you to keep in mind:

  1. In order to access some of the forms on the CC Bound website, you will need certain passwords.  On July 1, we will send a letter to you via snail mail which contains your necessary passwords. 
  2. This letter will be enclosed in a copy of the WSO common reading, Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine,  Look for yours in the mail early to mid-July.  All incoming students are expected to read the book; as you see from the schedule, you will then be discussing the reading with your classmates and faculty.
  3. Remember to contact Residential Life & Campus Activities or 719-389-6800 for all of your WSO questions.

Colorado College Winter Start Orientation 2018 Schedule

Last Updated April 18th, 2017

*Please note – This schedule is a draft and is subject to changes.

Events for New Students are in Black
Events for Fall Semester Abroad Students are in Green
Events for Parents are in Red
Events for both Students and Parents are in Blue

All bold items are required student events

All students and parents will receive the final schedule upon arrival to campus.
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Saturday, January 13
Time Event Location
8am-noon Residence Halls Open for Move-in. Early move in will be offered on a limited basis. For more information, contact Meg Ortiz with Housing and Conferences at (719)389-6715. Assigned Residence Halls
9am- 1pm Worner Mailroom Open. Find your Worner Box number and combination on Banner. Then pick up any packages you may have prior to your arrival. Worner Campus Center, Mailroom, Lower Level
10am- 1pm Get Your Gold Card (Student ID). Students must get their Colorado College ID cards today to access their residence halls and meal plans. Be prepared to show a photo ID. Worner Desk, Worner Center
10am- 2pm Optional Services Available: Banking Services and Colorado College Book Store: Get your supplies, books, or Tiger gear!

Worner Center

Optional Services Available: Student Account Services. Not mandatory, but visit if you have questions or need to pay a bill.

Spencer Center, Room 116



Welcome Luncheon for Students and Families featuring the WSO Student Panel. Complimentary meal for new students and their families featuring Winter Start student panel focusing on transition, campus life, and leadership opportunities.
Gaylord Hall, Worner Center
2pm- 4pm
Priddy Experience Introduction for First-Years and Transfer Students. Time to find out what the Priddy has in store for you and what you should expect. Lennox Lounge, 2nd Floor Worner Center
Parent Orientation. This special session will provide an overview of typical transition issues, offer constructive ways to be involved, and address common questions.
Gaylord Hall, Worner Center
4pm- 7pm

*Dinner on your own.

7pm- 8:30pm

Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. Time to relax, eat ice cream, and learn about college party cultures and how to be a BADASS.

East Rastall Dining Hall, Worner Center 
9pm- 10pm

Student Social Event. Spoken word and open mic. Socialize with new friends and future classmates.

Mathias Lounge, Mathias Hall

Sunday, January 14
Time Event Location
**Breakfast on Your Own** Please note: it is very important that students are prompt for their 9:30 am session. Rastall Dining Hall will be open.
9:30am- 12pm

A Sense of Place and Community. This program will focus on common values, health, and wellness* 

Gaylord Hall,     Worner Center

Parent Orientation. Meet Representatives from various campus offices and learn more about the resources and support available to CC students.

Bemis Great Hall, Bemis Hall
12pm- 1pm

Closing Remarks from President Jill Tiefenthaler and Family Luncheon.

*This concludes parent orientation.

Bemis Great Hall, Bemis Hall
1:30pm- 3pm

Capstone Address. Opening Remarks by Paul Buckley, assistant vice president/director of the Butler Center, followed by capstone speaker Michael Sawyer, assistant professor.

Gaylord Hall, Worner Center
3:15pm- 4:30pm Book Discussion with FYE Faculty and Mentors. Meet with your FYE (First Year Experience) professor to discuss the common reading book, Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. Location on student name badge
Transfer and Exchange Students Common Reading Book Discussion. Worner 215, Worner Center
4:30pm- 8pm Dinner on your own.
8pm- 9pm

Residence Hall Community Meetings. Your RA’s will let you know where you are meeting. This gives you a chance to meet the people in your hall and go over community expectations. 

At Assigned residence halls
9pm- 11pm

Laser Tag! Come on out for a game of laser tag in your very own Worner Center!

Perkins Lounge, Worner Center
Monday, January 15
Time Event Location
8am-9am * All People's Breakfast. This is the opportunity for the community to come together in commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Limited number of free tickets for students can be picked up at the Worner Desk.

Reid Arena, El Pomar Sports Center
9am- 11am

Academic Success at CC. The transition to college can be a challenge for many students. In this interactive session, learn about being successful at CC and the academic support resources available to you. Coffee service will be provided. 

Gaylord Hall, Worner Center

11am- 12pm Priddy Experience Orientation Meeting. Get to know your Priddy Trip leaders and fellow tripees in a fun and interactive way while learning more about your Priddy Experience! WES Room, Lower Level Worner Center
12pm- 1pm Lunch with Small Groups and Depart for Priddy Experience. This is an overnight retreat. Return date is Friday, January 20, 2017. Rastall Dining Hall, Worner Center
Friday, January 16
Time Event Location

Priddy Trip Departure from Baca Campus and Santa Fe. Head back to campus.

2pm Priddy Trips expected to arrive. Welcome back.
5pm- 6:30pm Dinner and Jeopardy with Prizes co-sponsored with the Career Center. What better way to quickly learn facts about CC and campus resources than with a taco bar and CC Jeopardy! Mathias Lounge, Mathias Hall

Colorado College Men’s Basketball. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference VS Trinity University

Reid Arena, El Pomar Sports Center


Karaoke Night. Kick back, relax, and sing a few songs. Photo Booth, interactive games, chocolate fountain, and refreshments will be provided.

East Rastall Dining Hall, Worner Center.

Saturday, January 17
Time Event Location


Men's Swimming & Diving and Women’s Swimming & Diving. Colorado College Classic   

Schlessman Natatorium

12:30 - 4p.m.

Contribute to a local Colorado Springs food bank as part of WSO! You will be packing and sorting a refrigerator at Care and Share Food Bank, whose core purpose is to bridge the gap between hunger and abundance.  7 slots, January 21st from 12:30-4:00 (including driving time to and from site). Transportation provided. Click here to register.


 12:40 - 4:20 p.m.

Contribute to a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore as part of your WSO experience!  Restores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.  Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world. 10 slots. January 21st from 12:40-4:20 (including driving time to and from site). Transportation provided. Click here to register.



Community Gathering with Peeps. Join the WRC PEEPs (Prevention Education & Empowerment for Peers) Health Educators for an afternoon of video games, crafts, and t-shirt & sock decorating. Refreshments will be provided.

Wellness Resource Center, Worner 226


Colorado College Women’s Basketball. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference VS Schreiner University                                                        

Reid Arena, El Pomar Sports Center
7pm-10pm Open Gym Night including Climbing Gym. Explore all that our gym has to offer! El Pomar Sports Center
Sunday, January 18
Time Event Location


Men's Swimming & Diving and Women’s Swimming & Diving. Colorado College Classic

Schlessman Natatorium

10:30am - 12pm

Brunch with SASS. Come join students from the Student Association for Sexual Safety (SASS), the SARC and fellow winter starts! Learn more about the Guidebook for Health and Safety created by students for students – all over a delicious brunch!

McHugh Commons, John Lord Knight hall


Colorado College Women’s Basketball. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference VS Schreiner University

Reid Arena, El Pomar Sports Center

Colorado College Men’s Basketball. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference VS Schreiner University

El Pomar Sports Center
Monday, January 19
Time Event Location
9am Classes begin.
11:15am-12:15pm First Mondays Speaker Series Kick Off. Featuring Russell Rickford on "Black Lives Matter as a People's Democracy: Beyond the Farce of Electoral Politics. Mohrman Theatre, Armstrong Hall
12:30pm- 1:30pm Sense of Place Luncheon. In this session, you will have the opportunity to meet students, staff, and faculty who will share the rich wonders of Colorado, including narratives about our environment and community resources  Gaylord Hall, Worner Center
7pm-8:30pm Gospel Music Workshop of America Choir and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.  This Concludes Winter Start Orientation! Mohrman Theatre, Armstrong Hall