Albion-O is the final component of the Summer Orientation program. Once first year students get moved in and settled into their fall semester rooms, the Albion-O program will offer programming on community expectations, specifically regarding Covid related content. Additional educational programming will include workshop topics to prepare students to become successful both inside and outside the classroom. Simply put, Albion-O will equip first year students to adapt and succeed at Albion College by establishing expectations for living and learning in a safe environment.
Content will be delivered utilizing small and large group settings in a safe, physically distant manner, as well as using virtual platforms to allow access for all students. This will allow students to feel both comfortable and connected, while receiving the information necessary to begin their Albion career. Our traditional Matriculation Ceremony will officially induct students into our academy of scholars and other social activities are designed to help first year students to begin making new friends.
The Albion-O Program will begin with access to student support services provided on August 12-14 with the official Kick-Off starting late in the day on August 14. Albion-O will continue until the first day of classes on Monday, August 24. Meal plans for first year students will begin with their arrival on campus and students will be able to access those plans during the quarantine period. Students may however, want to plan ahead and bring snacks along on move-in day to have on hand in their rooms during their 3-day quarantine period.
Details of the Orientation program are being finalized. An overview of the Albion-O schedule will be shared in the August 5 edition of the Summer Orientation newsletter. The finalized detailed schedule will be shared with students upon arrival to campus during the move-in period. Questions regarding the Albion-O Orientation program may be sent to .
Transfer Students will follow the move-in schedule for the residential unit to which they have been assigned. That means that transfer students may arrive on campus after the New Student Orientation programming has started. A finalized schedule for the Transfer Student Orientation will be sent to you on August 12. We realize that you may have conflicts that prevent you from participating in sessions in real time so we will record our featured sessions. Those recorded sessions will be made available so that you can access them when you have time available.
To minimize the risk of exposure, those individuals helping new students move in will be asked to depart campus after the move-in process is complete. As a result, we will not be able to offer an onsite orientation program component for parents and families. Albion College values the commitment that families make in order for students to be able to attend Albion College. We regret that we are not able to offer our traditional parent and family component, however, we will continue to send out important information to parents and families through the weekly Summer Orientation Newsletter through August 19. Will will also be sharing our Matriculation Ceremony virtually so no matter where you are, you will be able to share in that experience with your student.