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What to Expect


The goal of Catawba College New Student Orientation is to help incoming students prepare academically, socially and mentally for college life at Catawba.

What to Pack (Summer Session I and II only)
Students attending Orientation Session I or II will stay in the residence halls overnight! Be sure to bring the following with you to check in:

  • Bedding (extra-long twin sheets, light blanket, pillow, pillowcase)
  • Change of clothes and comfortable walking shoes
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt
  • Shower items (towel, flip flops, toiletries)
  • Cell phone, charger
  • Small fan (optional)
  • Swimsuit, towel 

Parking Permit Registration
For information about parking registration and fees, please visit the Catawba College Office of Public Safety's Register / Manage Vehicle page


We recognize that transitioning your student(s) to college can be a stressful and emotional time for families. During the Catawba College New Student Orientation, parents and families will have the opportunity to interact with other parents of incoming students, better understand what your student will be experiencing as a student and how you can support your student's academic and social growth.

Orientation Schedule
View the parent and family orientation schedules for your student's selected Orientation. Topics covered will include Preparing for College Life, Student Life and Development, Academic and Career Resources, Student Health and Wellness, Tuition Payments and Financial Aid and more. You will have time to explore the greater Salisbury and Rowan County areas. All parent and family sessions are optional.

Your students will be spending the night in a residence hall on campus. Families are welcome to stay at one of our local hotels, inns or bed and breakfasts in the area.