Questions and Answers

What’s the purpose of Orientation?

During Barton’s two-day Orientation sessions, you will meet your future classmates, friends, and faculty. You will learn about the academic programs and services provided by Barton, and an Orientation Leader will help you find your way around campus and meet new people.

When will students receive information about Orientation?

After making your tuition deposit, expect to receive a letter and email from the Office of Admissions regarding registration for Orientation. Orientation registration is completed online, and students will need their username and password to log into the portal.

Should I attend an Orientation session?

Yes! We require every incoming student (first-year, transfer, APP, or master’s) to attend Orientation for the session most convenient to your schedule. During your Orientation you will register for courses, receive your Barton ID, and be introduced to the campus, faculty, and staff.

Can you go to just a few hours of an orientation session?

Unfortunately, attending only a few hours of Orientation will make it very difficult for you to complete the necessary portions of Orientation including picking up your student ID, meeting with your academic advisor, and meeting with the Business Office. If you absolutely cannot attend a full Orientation session, please contact the office of the Dean of Students ( or your admissions counselor so we can make appropriate accommodations.

Will there be a cost for the New Student Orientation program?

There is no cost for attending Orientation. The cost of your meals, activities, and overnight stay during June sessions are covered by the College.

Parents, guardians, and siblings who attend Orientation sessions do not need to pay to attend informational presentations. However, there is a $5.00 cost for meals in the dining hall, and rooms are available in East Campus Suites at $25.00 per person during Orientation.

What if I need to make a change to my Orientation registration?

If you need to change your Orientation registration for any reason, please contact Dean Jared Tice at to adjust your registration. We are glad to accommodate to your schedule!

I am considering changing my major.  Should I change my major before Orientation?

First-year students are not required to declare a major at Barton College. Consideration about your intended major can be addressed during your individual meeting with your First-Year Seminar advisor.

What should I bring to New Student Orientation?

If you are not staying overnight:

  • Registration, license, and license plate number to apply for a parking pass.
  • If you have health forms or immunization records to turn in, we can direct you to the Student Health Center.
  • If you are taking the Math Readiness Test, you may bring a calculator.
  • A swimsuit and towel if you want to swim during evening activities.
  • Athletic clothing to change into if you want to participate in the open gym games during evening activities.

If you are staying with us overnight, you will need to bring:

  • A sheet, blanket, and pillow for your bed in Hilley Hall
  • Toiletry items to prepare for the second day of the session
  • A change of clothes for the second day of the session

If I’m driving, where do I park on campus during Orientation?

You are welcome to park in any lot on our campus. If you are staying in Hilley Hall overnight, we recommend parking in the Hilley Hall lot off Atlantic Christian College Drive or in the larger lot near the Centennial Alumni Bell Tower at the corner of Atlantic Christian College Drive and Vance Street.

As you approach campus, you should see blue parking signs and Orientation leaders in blue polo shirts. Feel free to ask any Orientation leader or staff member for directions or assistance.

There seems to be a lot of events planned for me. Will I have free time to move in and adjust?

Our goal for Orientation is to prepare you for a successful career at Barton! We will guide you to sessions throughout the day and will ensure that you have enough time to enjoy your visit and meet the rest of the class of 2020.

Can I bring a guest to Orientation?

We have a unique schedule for parents and families that coincides with the first-year schedule. We are happy to welcome parents, guardians, and siblings to campus!

Will I be able to see my residence hall room for next year?

Due to summer programming and scheduling, we cannot promise that you will see your specific residence hall room. However, during checkout on day two of the session, an Orientation Leader would be glad to show you a showroom in your assigned residence hall.

What is FYS?

FYS or First-Year Seminar is the course designed for all first-year students at the college. All of the FYS classes are designed to help you be a successful college student and, therefore, have some similar content. For example, all classes will work in areas such as study skills, time management, career research, and choice of a major. We will all use our summer reader, and your first FYS assignment is to read the book before classes begin in August. The summer reader will be available for purchase in the Barton College bookstore during Orientation sessions in June and August.  View the FYS Course Descriptions here.

Are there programs for parents?

We have a number of sessions specifically for parents of students. Parents will follow the family schedule throughout the two-day Orientation and will join students during meals and some large sessions. To view the family schedules for your session, visit the Dates and Schedules page.

What kind of relationship can I expect to have with professors?

You can expect each of your professors at Barton College to know you by name and to challenge you in academic work. Barton College professors have an open-door policy, which means that you are welcome to visit their office during office hours without an appointment to ask questions, get assistance, or simply visit. Faculty members at Barton College are genuinely focused on your success as a student and as a professional.

How hard will classes be?

All students learn differently, and every professor teaches differently. Expect the difficulty and demand of courses to vary based on content and level. Course numbers go from 100 level to 400 level, which should be an indicator of complexity within the area of study.

If you’re finding coursework to be difficult, the Office of Student Success offers peer tutoring, supplemental instruction, and academic coaching to assist you.

How do I join clubs or organizations? Can I get involved right away?

We would love for you to get involved as soon as possible in one of the more than 50 campus organizations that currently exist at Barton College. New students have the opportunity to interact with clubs at an interest fair during Sessions I and II of Orientation as well as the Club Fair during Welcome Weekend. To begin browsing the opportunities to get involved, click here.

Do I need my own computer?

Barton College students do not need to arrive at campus with their own computer and are welcome to temporarily check out Netbooks in Hackney Library or use a desktop in one of the academic buildings.

Most students find it more convenient to have a laptop. Generally, any device will be sufficient. However, students in the Mass Communications or Art programs may want to make sure their device is compatible with discipline-specific software.

What do I do now that I have attended Orientation?

After leaving Orientation, be sure to complete any remaining forms through the Health Center, Business Office, or Residence Life.

Feel free to interact with us through social media or the Barton App!

New students will return to campus in August to participate in Welcome Weekend and prepare for classes to begin.

I am interested in becoming an Orientation Leader, where can I get more information?

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience enough to want to join the Orientation Team! During the fall semester, check your email to get details about the two interest meetings for more information about the application process. Applicants will interview during the fall semester.