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Freshman Retreat.

Meet your fellow classmates, faculty, and staff before the start of the academic year.

**2020 Freshman Retreats Cancelled**
Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, we have decided to cancel the Catawba College Freshman Retreats this year. We are saddened to have to do so, but wish to keep students as safe as possible. We know many of you were eager to participate in the retreats with anticipation of meeting other classmates, upper class students, and College employees. As alternative programming to the Freshman Retreats , we will be offering vocational programming later this academic year where you can do exactly that. Be on the look-out for more Lilly Center information!

A program of the Lilly Center

retreat16.jpgThe Freshman Retreat at Catawba College is a voluntary event for incoming freshmen (including early college students) and transfers with less than 18 credit hours. However, this is an event you will not want to miss!

This retreat will introduce you to the Catawba family, orient you to college life, and help you reflect on what you feel your vocational calling may be.

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About the Retreats

The Purpose:
Catawba's Freshman Retreats provide an opportunity for the members of the Class of 2024 to get to know their 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 Retreat Leadership Corps will also 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.

Goals of the Retreat:

    • Vocational discernment
    • Introspection on personal values
    • Getting to know others
    • Learning how to be successful in college

The Catawba College Freshman Retreat uses a 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. Past activities include visiting the N.C. Zoo, volleyball, frisbee golf, corn hole and other fun opportunities. And that's not all - we have even more fun activities planned for this year!

Finally, these retreats are fun!  Why go to the Freshman Retreat?


2020 Dates

  • July 28-30, 2020
  • August 10-13, 2020

    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

  • July 28-30 Retreat Check-In
    - 12:00-12:30 p.m. (Lilly Center Coffeehouse)
    - 2:00-2:30 p.m. (Black Lake Center)
  • August 10-13 Student Check-In & Room Key Pick-Up:  
    - 9:30-10:30 a.m.  (in Student Affairs at Catawba College)
  • August 10-13 Retreat Check-In:
    - 4:00-4:30 p.m. (Lilly Center Coffeehouse)
    - 6:00-6:30 p.m. (Black Lake Center)



The retreats will be at the Black Lake Retreat Center, near the Uwharrie Mountains, N.C. Zoological Park, and many other attractions.

Address: 4709 New Hope Church Rd, Asheboro, NC  27205


Students may drive themselves to Black Lake, or they may meet retreat staff in front of the Robertson Community Center on Catawba’s campus for transportation on the first day of the retreat. The actual on-campus departure time will be included in your registration confirmation should you need transportation.

On the last day of the JULY retreat, everyone will depart following breakfast and the final session at 10:00 a.m. On the last day of the AUGUST retreat, everyone will depart following breakfast and the final session at 10:00 a.m. If you do not drive to Black Lake, you should arrange for transportation following the conclusion of activities.


Registration & Cost

There is no cost to participants. You must register to attend the retreat to reserve your spot. If you do not attend the retreat after registering, a $50 charge will be added to your student account. Students must be accepted for admission and be deposit-paid to be eligible to attend the retreat. 

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The cost of the retreat has been underwritten by The Lilly Center for Vocation and Values at Catawba College, made possible through a grant from The Lilly Endowment.  


More Information

For more information, contact Penny Rice at or (704) 637-4488 or Johnathon Boles at or (704) 637-4188.