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Freshman Orientation Retreat

retreat16.jpgThe Freshmen Orientation Retreat is a required event for incoming freshmen (including early college students) and transfers with less than 18 credit hours. All deposited students must attend.

This retreat will introduce you to the Catawba family and orient you to college life.

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About the Retreats

The Purpose:
To provide an opportunity for the members of the Class of 2022 to get to know your classmates and some members of the faculty and staff prior to the start of the hectic activity of orientation and the beginning of classes.

The retreat is designed to help freshmen gain a better understanding of the college experience and be successful. Members of the Alpha Leadership Core will be on-hand to answer questions you may have from an upperclassman’s point-of-view. Students are given guidance in discovering who they are and how this understanding can lead to discussions about vocation and career.

Finally, these retreats are fun! Why Catawba & the Freshman Retreat?


 


2018 Dates

The retreat dates are:

  • JOHNS RIVER VALLEY CAMP
    - June 21-23, 2018

    - July 30-August 1, 2018
    - August 15-17, 2018

    Traditional retreat format with emphasis upon getting to know one another and sessions to help learn about college life, how to be successful in college and how to prepare for the college experience. Opportunities for rock climbing, hiking and archery.

  • BLACK LAKE RETREAT CENTER
    - June 14-16, 2018
    - July 12-14, 2018
    - August 15-17, 2018

    Traditional retreat format with emphasis upon getting to know one another and sessions to help learn about college life, how to be successful in college and how to prepare for the college experience. Opportunity to visit the N.C. Zoological Park. Volleyball, frisbee golf, corn hole and other activities are available on site.


NOTE: Athletes should check their team's pre-season practice schedule to be sure there are no conflicts with the retreat dates.

 


Check-In Times, Locations, & Transportation

Check-in times and locations are noted below:

  • Johns River Valley Camp Retreats on June 21-23 and July 30-August 1:
    - Check-In: 11:45am-12:45pm
    - Location: Robertson College-Community Center

  • Black Lake Center Retreats on June 14-16 and July 12-14:
    - Check-In: 11:45am-12:45pm
    - Location: Robertson College-Community Center

  • BOTH RETREATS on August 15-17:
    - Student Check-In & Room Key Pick-Up: 8:00am-12noon:
    - Location: Hedrick Administration Building

    - Check-In for the Retreat: 11:45am-12:45pm
    - Location: Robertson College-Community Center

We will return to the Catawba campus around 3 p.m. on the last day of the retreat. There will be a brief commissioning service in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel upon our return to campus. Family members who can be present for the commissioning service are welcome. If you do not drive to campus, you should arrange for transportation to pick you up no later than 4 p.m.

Transportation to and from the retreat is provided.

 

 


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Retreat Locations

The retreats will be at Johns River Camp near Collettsville, NC (two hours from campus) in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and at the Black Lake Retreat Center, near the Uwharrie Mountains, N.C. Zoological Park, and many other attractions.

 


Registration & Cost

You must be accepted for admission and be deposit paid to be eligible to attend the retreat. The cost for the retreat is $150 per student and will be billed to the fall semester tuition. To register, please use the online form.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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More Information

For more information, contact Student Affairs at (704) 637-4410.