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NSO Schedule

New Student Orientation 2021 Schedule

The NSO schedule takes inspiration from the Block Plan and will give you a taste of a "typical" class day; required sessions are offered each morning and the rest of the day is open for you to - get connected to campus resources and peers, relax in your room, or walk around campus. 

Fall New Student Orientation 2021 (NSO) will take place on-campus and in accordance with CDC, federal, local, state, and campus COVID-19 guidelines/precautions; remote students will be able to participate in many aspects of programming as required and select other sessions will be virtual via Zoom. 

Have more questions about our COVID response and Fall 2021 plans? Check out the Fall 2021 Announcement and Covid-19 FAQs for more information. The most recent email communications regarding our plans and Covid-19 response can be found under the Messages & Updates navigation bar.


August 18, 2021 - August 28, 2021

updated August 19,2021

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    • Bold: participation in NSO is a requirement of matriculation to Colorado College. Sessions in bold make up the required program components. Upon completion of these sessions, all students will complete an attendance quiz. 
    • All New Students: includes first-years, transfers, and exchange students. 
      Optional: You have the option to participate in these sessions. 

August 18 - 19, 2021 - Move-In & Testing 

Please note that no other move-in dates can be accommodated with the exception of approved early arrival programs such as Bridge and Fall athletics.

Wednesday, August 18 - Move-In Day Guide

  • 8 am - 5 pm, Arrival Testing & Move-In Time Slots, Report to Student Health Center (1106 N Cascade Ave) for Arrival Testing
  • 8 am - 5 pm, Orientation Check-In for Students and Families, NSO Tent, Worner Quad
  • 9 am - 5 pm, Taking Care of Business, various offices will be open for you to stop in and take care of business. 
    • Student Accounts, Spencer 116
      • please note that the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment will be unavailable for drop-ins on Aug. 18 but will be able to support students and families on Aug. 19 or remotely. 
    • Bookstore, Worner Center, Lower Level
    • Student Health Center, Boettcher Building
    • ITS, Tutt Library, 1st Floor, Solutions Center
    • Housing Office, Bemis Hall - Old Campus, Rm 139 
    • Mailroom, Worner Center, Lower Level
    • Worner Desk, Worner Center, Main Level (open to 8 pm)
  • 9 am - 5 pm, Family Program Reception and Self-Guided Tours, Tava Quad Tent
  • 11 am - 3 pm, Resource Fair, Tava Quad Tent
  • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Enjoy lunch to-go from Rastall 
  • 5 - 7 pm, Enjoy dinner to-go from Rastall
  • 7 pm, Required Hall Meetings for Wednesday Arrivals (Students Only) 
    • Your RAs will communicate with you about where to meet
  • 8 pm, RA Social Events for Wednesday and approved Early Arrivals

Thursday, August 19 - Move-In Day Guide

  • 8 - 9 am, ESD Testing for Students under Enhanced Social Distancing who arrive on Wednesday
  • 8 am - 5 pm, Arrival Testing & Move-In Time Slots, Report to Student Health Center (1106 N Cascade Ave) for Arrival Testing
  • 8 am - 5 pm, Orientation Check-In for Students and Families, NSO Tent, Worner Quad
  • 9 am - 5 pm, Taking Care of Business, various offices will be open for you to stop in and take care of business. 
    • Student Accounts, Spencer 116
    • Financial Aid & Student Employment, Spencer Hall 118 
    • Bookstore, Worner Center, Lower Level
    • Student Health Center, Boettcher Building
    • ITS, Tutt Library, 1st Floor, Solutions Center
    • Housing Office, Bemis Hall - Old Campus, Rm 139 
    • Mailroom, Worner Center, Lower Level
    • Worner Desk, Worner Center, Main Level (open to 8 pm)
  • 9 am - 5 pm, International Student Orientation (Required for International Students only)
  • 9 am - 5 pm, Family Program Reception and Self-Guided Tours, Tava Quad Tent
  • 11 am - 3 pm, Resource Fair, Tava Quad Tent
  • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Enjoy lunch to-go from Rastall 
  • 5 - 7 pm, Enjoy dinner to-go from Rastall
  • 7 pm, Required Hall Meetings for Thursday Arrivals (Students Only)
    • Your RAs will communicate with you about where to meet
  • 8 pm, RA Social Events for All New Students

August 20 - 28, 2021: NSO & Priddy Experience 

In order to successfully complete all required components of NSO, all students, regardless of residency location, will complete brief quizzes on required sessions in Canvas as well as pre-NSO modules included in the Deadlines Checklist.

  • Friday, August 20

  • Time Session Title & Discussion Location Audience
    8 - 8:45 am Breakfast Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
    8 - 9 am

    ESD Testing

    Student Health Center Students under Enhanced Social Distancing
    9 - 10 am 

    NSO Kick-Off (required session)

    Enjoy a welcome from Rochelle Dickey, '83, Dean of Students, and Deksyos Damtew, '22, Student Body President, as well as get an overview of NSO logistics and announcements.

    Zoom; password in newsletter All New Students
    10 - 12 pm

    Our Community Approach to Sexual Violence Prevention and Response (required session)

    This presentation will explain how sexual violence and anti-oppression work are connected and how that relates to the mission and vision of the college. You will also learn about consent, Title IX law and processes, as well as support resources available to you on campus.

    Zoom; password in newsletter All New Students
    12 - 1:30 pm  Lunch Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
    12 - 1:30 pm

    Activity Kit Pick-Up

    Students under enhanced social distancing and/or those looking to participate in this evenings' online social events can pick up the corresponding activity kit at lunchtime. Today's kit is a yoga kit!

    Worner Center, Main Level Optional
    12 - 5 pm

    Bookstore Open

    Pick up your books and buy CC pride gear.

    Worner Campus Center, Lower Level Optional
    1 - 5 pm

    ITS: Solutions Center Drop-in Hours

    Stop in to get all of your technology-related questions answered.

    Tutt Library, First Floor Optional
    1 - 5 pm 

    Create Your Own CC Adventure Conference Style Sessions & Advising Meetings

    Individualize your NSO experience by attending informational breakout sessions; you are required to attend at least two sessions, and up to four, during the entirety of NSO in addition to meeting once with your staff advisors. 

    Session descriptions and registration information are available here. 

    Various All New Students
    5 - 6:30 pm  Dinner Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
    6:30 - 8 pm 

    Priddy Meeting (required session)

    Meet with your NSO Priddy Experience leaders and fellow trippees! Follow the signs to your zone.

    Tava Quad (outside of Shove Chapel and Armstrong Hall) All New Students
    8 - 9:30 pm 

    Priddy Large Group C will attend "Where Did We Sit on The Bus?" at the Fine Arts Center

    Fine Arts Center Outdoor Stage Priddy Large Group C
    8:30 - 10:30 pm 

    Outdoor Move- In The Heights

    Bring your own blanket and we will provide the rest - snacks and company - while you enjoy a movie under the stars.

    Tava Quad Optional
    9 - 9:45 pm 

    Stretch & Relax Yoga With Mar

    Zoom
    9 - 10 pm

    Rollin by Brave Girls

    Learn this routine with Celecia Kpop Dance Club

    Zoom
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  • Saturday, August 21

  • Time Session & Description Location Audience
    8 - 8:45 am Breakfast Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
    8 - 9 am ESD Testing Student Health Center Students Under Enhanced Social Distancing
    9 - 10:30 am

    Building an Inclusive Campus Community

    Colorado College is committed to building an environment where all of its members can be challenged and supported, teach and learn, and contribute as full members of the community. We believe that in order to do this we must build our capacity to engage within, about, and across difference. The Rev Dr. Jamie Washington will lead us in an engaging conversation about what it takes to make CC a more inclusive campus community. Presented by the Butler Center. 

    Zoom; password in newsletter All New Students

    10:45 am - 12:30 pm

    Session 1 (10:45 - 11:30 am)

    Session 2 (11:45 am - 12:30 pm) 

    Inclusive Community Breakout & Follow-up Sessions 

    These are an opportunity to connect with other new students and peers with similar interests and identities.

     

    NSO Tent, Worner Quad Optional

    LGBTQIA+ Affinity Gathering 

    This is a talk-back space for new students to hear from and ask questions of returning students on topics that pertain to the LGBTQIA+ community at CC.

    Session 1 (10:45 - 11:30 am) Session 2 (11:45 am - 12:30 pm) 

    BIPOC Affinity Gathering 

    An opportunity for incoming Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to hear from returning CC students and staff about their experiences as a BISOC and a CC college student. Students will share their experiences and give advice on how to make the most of your CC experience.

    Session 1 (10:45 - 11:30 am) Session 2 (11:45 am - 12:30 pm) 

    First Gen Affinity Gathering

    Join a current First Gen CC student and staff member as we connect and talk about support and resources at CC. Questions and comments are welcomed!

    Session 1 (10:45 - 11:30 am) Session 2 (11:45 am - 12:30 pm) 

    Spiritual Life

    Join the Chaplain to discuss your experiences with spirituality and religion as well as resources on campus and in the local community. 

    ONLY DURING Session 1 (10:45 - 11:30 am) n/a

    International Affinity Gathering 

    Join an International staff member and student to discuss your identity as a foreigner at CC and share your thoughts about how you relate to Dr. Jamie Washington's presentation

    Session 1 (10:45 - 11:30 am) Session 2 (11:45 am - 12:30 pm) 
    12 - 1 pm

    Activity Kit Pick-Up

    Students under enhanced social distancing and/or wanting to stay in for the evening. 

    Worner Center, Main Level Optional
    12 - 1 pm  Lunch Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
    1:30 - 2:45 pm 

    Inclusive Community Priddy Group Discussions Breakout (required session)

    Meet with your Priddy Group to discuss topics from today's required session. 

     

    Priddy Leaders will designate a spot to meet for this. Required
    3 - 5 pm

    Conference Style Sessions

    Individualize your NSO experience by attending informational breakout sessions; you are required to attend at least two sessions, and up to four, during NSO in addition to meeting with your staff advisors. 

    Session descriptions and registration information are available here. 

    Various All New Students
    3 - 6 pm 

    CC Shopping Shuttles

    Shuttles will be available to Target or Walmart. Space is limited; for more information and to sign up, visit the Worner Desk.

    Meet on Worner South Patio
    5 - 6:30 pm  Dinner Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
    6:30 - 8 pm  Priddy Meeting (required session) Various All New Students
    8 - 10:30 pm 

    Evening Social Events

    Relaxed gatherings and different activities to meet new people. 

    Optional

     

    8 - 9:30 pm

    Priddy Large Group A will attend "Where Did We Sit on The Bus?" at the Fine Arts Center

    Fine Arts Center Outdoor Stage

    Piddy Large Group A

    8:30 - 10:30 pm 

    Trivia Night

    Benji's, Worner Campus Center, Main Level

    Optional

    8 - 9 pm

    Zumba with Manu

    Cossitt Dance Stuido

     

  • Sunday, August 22

  • Time Session & Description Location Audience
    8 - 8:45 am

    Breakfast Break

    Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level
    8 - 9 am 

    ESD Testing

    Student Health Center Students under Enhanced Social Distancing
    9 am - 10 am 

    Priddy Group Discussions (required session)

    Join your Priddy group to engage in a values reflection activity in advance of the Wellness Resource Center presentation.

    Priddy Leaders will designate a spot to meet for this. All New Students
    10:30 am - 12 pm 

    Wellness at CC Trivia (required session)

    At Colorado College, we are committed to empowering students to envision and follow their own path to thriving. In this interactive program, we'll introduce students to key areas of well-being, as well as the activities, programs, and resources that help create a safe and healthy community, and which support individual growth and well-being. Presented by the Wellness Resource Center.

    Zoom; password in newsletter All New Students
    12 - 1:30 pm

    Activity Kit Pick-Up

    Students under enhanced social distancing and/or those looking to participate in this evenings' online social events can pick up the corresponding activity kit at lunchtime. Today's kit is a spa day kit. 

    Worner Center, Main Level Optional
    12 - 2 pm  Lunch Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
    2 - 5 pm 

    Conference Style Sessions

    Individualize your NSO experience by attending informational breakout sessions; you are required to attend at least two sessions, and up to four, during NSO in addition to meeting with your staff advisors. 

    Session descriptions and registration information are available here. 

    Various All New Students
    5 - 6:30 pm  Dinner Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
    6 - 8 pm 

    Camp Dinner Rotations

    From Sunday, Aug. 22 - Friday, August 27, Priddy Groups will have the opportunity to cook a camp dinner outdoor and enjoy smores over a fire. 

    Priddy Leaders will confirm the date of your group's camp dinner rotation.

    Yampa Field All New Students
    6:30 - 8 pm  Priddy Meeting (required session) Various All New Students
    8 - 10:30 pm  Evening Social Events Optional
    8 - 9:30 pm Priddy Large Group B will attend "Where Did We Sit on The Bus?" at the Fine Arts Center Fine Arts Center Outdoor Stage Priddy Large Group B
    8 - 9 pm

    SpeakeEasy Open Mic Night CANCELLED

    Come listen to and share spoken word. 

    Cossitt Amphitheater
    8 - 10 pm Game Night with Boardgame Club Upstairs Worner
    8:30 - 10:30 pm

    Trivia Night

    Come alone or with a team of 4 - 6 to compete for prizes and enjoy snacks; there is a new menu and trivia line up each night. 

    Benji's, Worner Campus Center, Main Level
    9 - 9:45 pm

    Stretch & Relax Yoga with Mar

    Free yoga mats to participants while supplies last. 

    Yampa Field
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  • Monday, August 23

  • Time Session & Description Location Audience
    8 - 8:45 am Breakfast Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
    8 - 8:45 am ESD Testing Student Health Center Students Under Enhanced Social Distancing
    9 - 10 am

    Sense of Place (required session)

    This program aims to cultivate a sense of place and connection to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region by deepening your knowledge of local communities, issues, and ecosystems. Sponsored by the Collaborative for Community Engagement.

    Zoom; password in newsletter All New Students
    10:30 - 11:30 am

    Priddy Discussions (required session)

    Meet with your Priddy Group to discuss topics related to today's required session.

    Priddy Leaders will designate a spot to meet for this. All New Students
    12 - 2 pm  Lunch Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
    12 - 1:30 pm

    Activity Kit Pick-Up

    Students under enhanced social distancing and/or those looking to stay in for the night. 

    Worner Center, Main Level Optional
    1 - 2:30 pm

    First Year Program Course Meeting

    Meet with your First-Year Program cohort to get to know each other, learn about the block ahead, and discuss the common read.

    Exchange students have free time during this period. 

    Around Campus First Year Students
    1 - 2:30 pm

    Transfer Student Gathering

    Informal gathering with Career Center and Advising Hub staff to mix and mingle with each other; there will be snacks and games. Come for as long as you would like. 

    Career Center, Morreale Carriage House Transfer Students
    3 - 5 pm 

    Conference Style Sessions & Advising Meetings

    Individualize your NSO experience by attending informational breakout sessions; you are required to attend at least two sessions, and up to four, during NSO in addition to meeting with your staff advisors. 

    Session descriptions and registration information are available here. 

    Various All New Students
    5 - 6:30 pm  Dinner Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
    6 - 8 pm

    Camp Dinner Rotations

    From Sunday, Aug. 22 - Friday, August 27, Priddy Groups will have the opportunity to cook a camp dinner outdoors and enjoy smores over a fire. 

    Priddy Leaders will confirm the date of your group's camp dinner rotation. 

    Yampa Field All New Students
    6:30 - 8 pm  Priddy Meeting (required session) All New Students
    8 - 10:30 pm  Evening Social Events Optional
    8 - 9 pm Zumba with Manu Cossitt Dance Studio Optional
    8:30 - 10:30 pm

    Silent Disco

    Hybl Community Center Optional
    8:30 - 10:30 pm

    Trivia Night

    Come alone or with a team of 4 - 6 to compete for prizes and enjoy snacks; there is a new menu and trivia line up each night. 

    Benji's, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
    9 - 10 pm

    Polymer Clay Earring I

    The first night of instruction on creating Polymer Clay Earrings; students must attend both nights to have a finished product.

    email orientation@coloradocollege.edu to sign-up.

    Arts & Crafts Main Studio Space, Worner Center, Lower Level 
  • Tuesday, August 24

    • Time Session & Description Location Audience
      8 - 8:45 am Breakfast Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
      8 - 9 am

      ESD Testing

      Student Health Center Students under Enhanced Social Distancing
      9 - 9:30 am

      Making Meaning Through the Arts (required session)

      An interactive session exploring educational connections and uses of visual and performing arts at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

      Zoom; password in newsletter All New Students
      9:45 am - 12:30 pm

      Amazing Race Through the FAC (required session)

      This scavenger hunt and series of challenges cultivate teamwork and community while giving you a chance to explore all the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College has to offer. You’ll work in teams to complete challenges and learn about all the artworks, experiences, and opportunities available to you as a student at Colorado College. Teams will have the opportunity to win prizes! Priddy leaders will have your arrival time.

      Fine Arts Center All New Students
      12 - 2 pm  Lunch Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
      12 - 1:30 pm

      Activity Kit Pick-Up

      Students under enhanced social distancing and/or those looking to stay in for the night and do some art in their room. 

      Worner Center, Main Level Optional
      1 - 5 pm 

      Conference Style Sessions & Advising Meetings

      Individualize your NSO experience by attending informational breakout sessions; you are required to attend at least two sessions, and up to four, during NSO in addition to meeting with your staff advisors. 

      Session descriptions and registration information are available here. 

      Various All New Students
      5 - 6:30 pm  Dinner Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
      6 - 8 pm

      Camp Dinner Rotations

      From Sunday, Aug. 22 - Friday, August 27, Priddy Groups will have the opportunity to cook a camp dinner outdoors and enjoy smores over a fire. 

      Priddy Leaders will confirm the date of your group's camp dinner rotation.

      Yampa Field All New Students
      6:30 - 8 pm  Priddy Meeting (required session) All New Students
      8 - 10:30 pm  Evening Social Events Optional
      8 - 9:30 pm

      Butler Center Open House

      Come mix and mingle with the Butler Center staff, enjoy some sweet treats and play games with your peers in the lounge.

      Butler Center, Worner Center, Upper Level
      8 - 9 pm 

      ASAP by Stacy

      Come learn this Kpop routine with Celecria Kpop Dance Club. 

      Email orientation@coloradocollege.edu to sign up. 

      Cossitt Dance Studio
      8:30 - 10:30 pm 

      Art Night at Bemis School of Art

      Let your creative side shine: try your hand on the wheel throwing pottery, paint a painting, wander around at your leisure and explore. Come and stay for as long or as short as you would like. 

      Bemis School of Art Optional
      9 - 1o pm

      Polymer Clay Earrings Workshop II

      A second night of instruction on making polymer clay earrings; attendees must attend both nights for a finished product. 

      Email orientation@coloradocollege.edu to sign up. 

      Arts & Crafts Main Studio, Worner Center, Lower Level

Wednesday, August 25 - Friday, August 27: Priddy Experience

Individual Priddy Groups will have different schedules each day that Priddy Leaders will communicate with their trippees but each group will have the opportunity to build community, explore the local community, and participate in service activities.

Time Session & Description Location Audience
8 - 9 am ESD Testing Student Health Center Students under Enhanced Social Distancing
8 - 8:45 am

Breakfast Break

Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level

Optional
7 - 10:30 am

Priddy Excursion Departures

 

8 am - 5 pm 

Priddy Rotation Activities

  • Sense of Place
  • Community & Service
  • Exploration

Various

All New Students
5 - 6:30 pm  Dinner Break Rastall Café, Worner Campus Center, Main Level Optional
6 - 8 pm

Camp Dinner Rotations

Camp Dinner Rotations

From Sunday, Aug. 22 - Friday, August 27, Priddy Groups will have the opportunity to cook a camp dinner outdoors and enjoy smores over a fire. 

Priddy Leaders will confirm the date of your group's camp dinner rotation.

Yampa Field All New Students
6:30 - 8 pm  Priddy Meeting All New Students
8:30 - 10 pm  Evening Social Events Optional

 

Saturday, August 28: Priddy CC Fest

9 - 11 am 

Optional Activities

Outdoor Yoga, Meditation, On-Campus Service Projects

Around Campus Optional
9 a.m. Various
10 a.m. 

 

Various
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Class Picture, Welcome from the President, and Banner Signing (required session) Washburn Field Bleachers All New Students
12:15 - 1:30 pm  Lunch Rastall Cafe Optional
12:30 - 1:30 pm 

International, Exchange, and Third Culture Kid Lunch

Enjoy lunch with International Student and Scholar Services while you (re)connect with peers who are from outside of the US or have lived abroad for the majority of their lives. 

Under the NSO Tent, Worner Quad
2 - 5 pm

CC Fest

Fun games, music, booths, activities, and more!

Tava Quad; Armstrong Event Space All New Students & Sophmores
5 - 8 pm Food Trucks & Live DJ Tava Quad
All Students
8 - 10:30 pm

Get Active with Athletics

Explore El Pomar, the AFP Fitness Center, Burghart Tennis Courts and Washburn Field while playing games and connecting with friends and athletic teams.  

Enter through the north doors of AFP Fitness Center.
All New Students & Sophomores
10 pm - 12 am  Midnight Breakfast Worner Quad, NSO Tent All students 

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Sunday, August 29

1 - 5 p.m., Shuttles to Stores, Depart from Worner South Patio

Need to make a trip to Walmart or Target? We will be running shuttles to these stores on Sunday. Sign-up at the Worner Desk for departure shuttles; you will have about an hour to shop at the store and can expect to be off-campus for 1.5 hours. 

Monday, August 30

9 - 10 a.m., Opening Convocation (Required Session),Tava Quad

Colorado College starts its 148th academic year at Opening Convocation. Students, faculty, and staff will come together to welcome new students, and meet this year’s inspiring honorary degree recipients.

Thursday, September 2

4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Welcome Back Fair!, Worner Quad

Connect with offices, clubs, organizations, community partners, student employment opportunities, and more at our Welcome Back Fair! This fair is taking the place of what many upper-division students refer to as Campus Activities Night. 

Friday, September 3

3 - 4:30 p.m., Speed Friending, Tava Quad

Looking to make some new friends? Join us for this opportunity to engage in one on one conversations with 7 new people who are also looking to build their social network.

7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Outdoor Movie, Tava Quad

Bring your own blanket/chair as well as something to keep warm and come enjoy a movie under the stars. We will provide the snacks! 

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