Barton Counts Down to Freshman Orientation

WILSON, N.C. – Freshmen, the countdown has begun for Summer Orientation at Barton College! With the first of two sessions beginning June 23, Summer Orientation will prepare you for the start of your academic career as a Bulldog.

Session I takes place June 23-24, and Session II closes out the week on June 26-27. Although they take place on different dates, both sessions are identical in structure.

On your first day, you’ll meet your admissions counselor and other students from your geographical area. President Norval Kneten and Vice President for Student Affairs George Solan will extend their official welcome to you in Howard Chapel.

Next, you’ll meet your Orientation Leader and your First-Year Seminar (FYS) Advisor. Dr. Terry Grimes, vice president for academic affairs, will join Vice President Solan to discuss Barton’s Honor Code. Then, everyone will head to the fountain at center campus for lunch.

Throughout the rest of the afternoon, you will have the chance to learn about college life from current Barton students; discover the amazing international travel opportunities available during January Term; meet the Student Affairs staff; and break out into information sessions on network technology, student activities, and residence life.

Your first day ends with dessert receptions hosted by athletics, the Disciples of Christ, and multicultural affairs, followed by a student activities meeting in the dining hall.

After breakfast, your second day begins with the opportunity to meet with the athletics staff, attend student advising, conclude business arrangements, and learn about health and wellness services at Barton. Later, the student activities department will showcase Barton’s annual traditions. Special interest sessions on Greek life, fall move-in, and religious life will be available. Then, your day will conclude with a campus tour and lunch on your own in Bully’s Campus Grill.

The complete Orientation schedule, including the family schedule, is available here as a PDF.

That’s a lot of activity packed into just two days. Why do we do it? It helps make your transition to campus easier. With the preliminaries out of the way, you can focus on moving in and gearing up for class.

Fall is approaching, and the clock is ticking. If you haven’t signed up for Summer Orientation yet, now is the time. Visit to sign up. We look forward to seeing you here!