The Nichols College Orientation program is designed to assist you in transitioning and acclimating to Nichols College.

During the Nichols College Summer Orientation session, you will meet other members of the incoming class of Nichols College, interact with faculty, staff and get to know members of the student body and your future classmates. You will also learn about academic life, opportunities for involvement in student organizations and athletics, as well as a variety of additional information to help you with your transition to life on the Hill.

We highly recommend that all incoming Bison attend a two-day overnight Orientation program in June; this will be the first of many experiences acclimating you to the Nichols College campus. There are three overnight sessions for you to choose from:

Session I – Thursday, June 13th – Friday, June 14th
Session II – Monday, June 17th – Tuesday, June 18th
Session III – Friday, June 21st – Saturday, June 22nd

Overnight Accommodations

While attending Orientation in June, you will stay in Shamie Hall (double occupancy – incoming students will be matched up for the program). Staying overnight is a requirement of the program. You must bring a sleeping bag or blanket and sheets, pillow, bath linens, toiletries, and comfortable clothes. This is a great opportunity to experience on-campus living first-hand and to check out where you might be living next year! For those of you who plan to commute in the fall, you will have the chance to meet and spend time with your classmates.

To register for Orientation, please fill out the form at: Coming Soon


Bison Orientation Leader Team

Please direct all calls to the Student Involvement Office.

Email: nichols.orientation@nichols.edu
Phone: 508-213-2104

The first day of class is on Monday, August 26th.

New students will move in for Fall Orientation on Friday, August 23rd. Students will have time with their peers, hear sessions and even take an early class!

That’s okay, we know the dates won’t work for everyone! We will work with you to make sure you receive all the information you will need to start your career at Nichols College!

Yes! Sessions for Families and Guests will run in person from 9:00am – 5:00pm each session day!

Our third session includes an overnight program for families & guests. This is a more comprehensive program. Sessions will be offered later into the night and on Saturday morning.

Orientation Check-in

When you arrive on campus, please go directly to Shamie Hall (#22 on the campus map), where you will receive your room assignment and dropping off your overnight belongings. There will be signs posted along Center Road to direct vehicles to appropriate parking areas. Students may drive themselves to Orientation and park their cars overnight. Late arrivals should go to the Admissions Office to receive assistance (#2 on the campus map). Be sure to arrive early!

Orientation Roommate Assignments

All room assignments for Orientation are temporary; they have been randomly arranged for one night only. Unfortunately, no roommate requests will be honored during Orientation. All students will be housed with one other student.

Emergency Contact

All members of the Nichols Orientation professional staff will be on duty throughout the sessions. Urgent messages can be relayed to students by calling Public Safety at (508)-213-2298. The officer on duty will locate a member of the Student Life Staff so that he/she can relay the message to the appropriate recipient.

Outside Commitments

We strongly encourage all incoming Bison make their best effort to attend the two-day overnight Orientation session. Please email Nichols.Orientation@nichols.edu or call the Office for Student Involvement at (508)-213-2104 to make any necessary accommodations before Orientation.

Items to Bring to Orientation

  • Comfortable, casual clothing including a sweatshirt or jacket for evening activities or air-conditioned rooms
  • Bath towel
  • Sleeping bag and/or sheets, a blanket, and a pillow
  • Toiletries (shower shoes!)
  • Umbrella
  • Sneakers
  • Phone Charger

*Please leave all valuables at home*

Family & Guest Overnight – Session III!

*Space is Limited*

We are offering limited overnight accommodations for families & guests during Orientation Session III for families & Guests that would like to enjoy a more comprehensive Orientation program. An extended schedule will be offered for Friday night and Saturday morning.

You may sign up for a room when registering your student for Orientation. Overnight accommodations will be provided in apartment-style residence halls, with private bedrooms and shared bathrooms and common spaces.

This program will cost $125.00 per room and payment will be collected the day of Orientation. Space is limited, so sign up fast!

Included in this program:

  • Housing in Copper Beech Residence Hall (apartment-style housing, with private bedroom and shared bathroom & common areas)
  • Linens (bed sheets, blankets, pillows & towels)
  • Lunch and snacks on day one and breakfast on day two

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8:30am - 4:30pm


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