First Year Experience


Friday, August 26th

9:00 – 4:00 Freshmen move in     

6:30 Freshmen line up in front of Sterry Hall to enter Convocation

7:00 – 8:30 Convocation, Jewett Auditorium                                                                                                                                                                                                             Convocation is a fun and memorable event to mark the beginning of your academic experience. The next time you assemble in this way will be commencement. Dessert reception for parents immediately following the ceremony.

9:00 – 11:00 Mandatory Floor Meeting

Saturday, August 27th

9:00 – 10:30 First Year Book Faculty Panel Discussion, Jewett Auditorium

10:30 – 11:30 First Year Book First Year Seminar Discussions                                                                                                                                                                                 Explore the first year book with your first year floormates and classmates.

1:00 – 1:30 IT (Langroise) or Campus Safety (Jewett)

1:45 – 2:15 IT (Langroise) or Campus Safety (Jewett)

2:30 – 4:30 Stand By Me, bystander intervention and Title IX

7:00 Whelp bonfire, Morrison Quadrangle                                                                                                                                                                                                        The bonfire is the time and place for Pack Leaders and Whelps to finally meet and share s'mores, stories, and friends. The Whelp Program is a community-integration based mentor program. Freshmen (Whelps) will be matched with their upperclassmen (Pack Leaders), who will serve as friends, mentors, and resources for the College of Idaho community.

Sunday, August 28th

10:30 Load buses for the McCall Wilderness Experience, JAAC Breezeway

 Monday, August 29st

4:00 Freshmen arrive back to campus, JAAC Breezeway

8:30 Joaquin Zihuatenejo Performance                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Joaquín Zihuatenejo is an award winning teacher, an HBO Def Poet, and a World Poetry Slam Champion.  Born and raised in the barrio of East Dallas, in his work Joaquin strives to capture the duality of the Chicano culture.  Joaquín has been called by critics “one of the most dynamic and passionate performance poets in the country, melding equal parts comedy, poetry, and dramatic monologue into a crowd-pleasing display of verbal fireworks…always thrilling, Joaquín’s hilariously manic presentation is full of compassion and nuance, never sacrificing substance for style, leading many to call him poetry slam’s answer to John Leguizamo.” 


 Tuesday, August 30th

9:00 – 10:00 Mandatory Group Advisor Meetings bring your advising agreement, a pen, notebook, and your calendar

Individual First Year Student-Advisor Meetings throughout the day

10:15, 11:30 New Student Survey

The College takes this unique moment to gather information and impressions from its new students. These will assist us in how we work with you, and other students now and the future. Mandatory for all first time, first year students. The two surveys will take about 30 minutes to complete and will be anonymous.

 1:00 – 3:00 Club Fair

8:00 Pep Rally

This student-led event will give you an opportunity to meet coaches and student athletes, and get some YoteFam swag. Go Yotes!

 Wednesday, August 31st

 First day of classes – go to your MONDAY classes

 Friday, September 2nd

9:00 pm Movie in the Amphitheatre

Bring pillows, blankets, and friends to watch a movie in the amphitheater. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Get ready to embark on your journey...

The first stages of the PEAK experience help you orient yourself in the world of college so that you can become a purposeful planner as well as a willing explorer of new territory. You have an exciting road between you and graduation… Pause to consider the long view!

Who are you? Where are you coming from? Where are you going?

Who you are as a thinker, a doer, an explorer – how you respond to challenges – all these discoveries await.

During Welcome Week, you can consider what’s in your travel pack as well as share resources with others. The First Year Book pulls you into the discussion of challenging ideas in a liberal arts setting. Together with professors and fellow students, you’ll have your first small group discussion about college level questions.

Who are your companions?

You won’t be alone, and almost everyone will have the same questions that you do.

You will meet your First Year Mentor when you settle into your Residence Hall on the CofI campus. While you’re on the McCall Wilderness Experience, you’ll get to know your FYM even better and make new friends through discussions and group activities at a camp on beautiful Payette Lake. Professors and staff come along to enjoy the fun and referee the bonding activities.

Who is your support team?

A good explorer knows when to ask for help as well as how to give it.

Your First Year Mentor will be an important part of your experience in the halls and can help you answer questions about classes and student life. Early on you will also have the chance to connect with the Academic Support Center, where peer tutors offer encouragement and specific tutoring when you need it. It’s never too early to visit the PEAK Center, where you can always come to get reoriented and explore the support services available to you as you go through college.

What’s on your map?

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have it all laid out yet—part of the journey is discovering the best route for you.

You will also meet with a First Year Advisor who will help you finalize your fall schedule and start a conversation about what academic realms you plan to explore during your time in college. (These meetings occur either the day before classes begin or within the first week.) Later during the first year, your Advisor and the Advising Coordinator will help you create a PEAK Map that will chart out the main routes and high points of your journey.