New Student Orientation

Learn the Ropes

The First Year Experience at The College of Idaho provides living and learning experiences that facilitate a successful transition to a college community centered on exacting scholarship and life-long learning. In keeping with the mission of the college, the program emphasizes frequent and meaningful interaction with faculty, staff, and student leaders. Focused on student learning, the program seeks to provide both the challenge and support necessary to foster student success in the first year and thus to enhance student engagement, satisfaction and persistence.

The First Year Experience consists of a number of elements:

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation at the College of Idaho is a series of  opportunities for new students to become acquainted with the college.  All new first-year students are required to participate in the new student orientation program (new transfer students are invited to attend, as well).

Orientation is primarily a two-part program: New students attend a Coyote Day in the summer and participate in Fall Welcome Week just before the fall term begins.

New students who enroll in the winter or spring term participate in an orientation program that is coordinated by the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Admission, similar in structure to the Coyote Day.

Coyote Day

Coyote Days are one-day sessions held during the Summer that give students and their parents the opportunity to meet other new students, meet faculty and staff, learn more about advising at the College of Idaho and the PEAK Curriculum.  Students and their parents will leave Coyote Day knowing the next steps they will need to take to prepare to attend the College of Idaho.

Coyote Days for students starting Fall 2014 will be:

  • June 2

  • June 6

  • June 9

  • June 13

  • June 16

  • June 23

Call your Admission Counselor today to confirm your spot!

Fall Welcome Week

Fall Welcome Week at The College of Idaho provides new students with  opportunities - both on campus and in McCall - to engage with each other, with College of Idaho Faculty and Staff and with student leaders  and to begin to forge what are likely, in many cases, to be life-long  relationships.  On-campus Fall Welcome Week  events include activities  relating to the First Year Theme and First Year Book, and the Honor Code (see The College of Idaho Honor Code for more information), and meetings with First Year Advisors.

The McCall Wilderness Experience takes all first year students to  scenic McCall, Idaho, where they can canoe, take part in a ropes course,  play volleyball, hike, and enjoy the Idaho wilderness, all with the  ultimate purpose of getting to know each other better.  Students form strong community bonds in McCall and many students say  that their best friends are ones forged during their McCall experience.

Fall Welcome Week kicks off with our annual Move-In Day for new students.  Move-in Day 2014 for new students is Saturday, August 30th. 

The Move-in Day 2014 schedule is as follows:

     9:00 am - 4:00 pm       Move-in

            6:30 pm Students line up outside Boone Hall for Convocation

     7:00 pm – 8:30 pm       Convocation (Jewett Auditorium)

            8:30 pm Goodbye to parents and guests

     9:00 pm – 11:00 pm       Floor Meetings (off-campus students meet in the McCain Student Center Lounge)

Also on Move-in Day:

  • The Business Office in Hendren Hall will be open to answer questions and accept payments.
  • The College Store will be open extended hours.
  • Information Technology help will be available in Covell Hall all day.

For more information, including advice about what to bring and information for early arrivals see Residential Life.

 First Year Advising

First Year Advisors at The College of Idaho commit to promoting the academic success of first-year students and facilitating their integration into the intellectual life of the college by:

  • helping students to comprehend the meaning of the liberal arts and to recognize how our PEAK curriculum furthers that tradition
  • providing students with an opportunity to explore possible majors and transitioning students to departmental advisors
  • helping students to effectively navigate the college’s registration process
  • and providing students with information about campus resources and support services for academic, personal and financial issues that may arise while in college.

Incoming students meet their First Year Advisor during Fall Welcome Week.

First Year Seminar AND Civilization COURSES

During the fall semester, most first-year students are registered for a writing courses (placement determined by test scores) - either English Composition or a First Year Seminar  - and a course in World or Western Civilizations. First-Year Seminars enable students to experience a small and lively learning community while encountering the essential elements of academic inquiry: analytical reading, critical thinking, and well-reasoned writing. Students who place in English Composition in the Fall will take a First Year Seminar in the Spring of the first year. Most first-year students will also enroll in a course in Pre-modern Civilization (either HIS-110 Western Civilization to 1000, HIS-111 Western Civilization to 1800, or HIS-112 World Civilizations to 1800). In the First Year Seminar students learn depth: how better to write and how better to think about a particular subject. But in Civilization courses students learn breadth: how to think broadly, to put together explanations that draw on many forms of information, from many sources, and many domains of knowing, and that tie together human thought and behavior across broad, sweeping, changing timeframes.Together, the FIrst Year Seminar and Civilization constitute the curricular component of the College of Idaho First Year Experience program.

First Year Living Communities & Mentors

The College of Idaho offers living communities especially designed for first-year students. By living with and amongst their peers, students have opportunities to develop strong bonds with other members of their class. And because many first-year students will also have classes together, they can form study groups with fellow residents from right down the hall.

In addition to an RA, first-year students are assigned a First Year Mentor. Mentors are upperclassmen who are trained to serve as a resource and help meet the unique needs of incoming students. Mentors provide programming on basic college skills including the following:

  • Time management
  • Effective study techniques
  • Registering for classes
  • Communicating with floormates

Mentors also assist with academic and advising questions and work to make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible. See Residence Life for more information about First Year Living Communities.