Questions and Answers

1. 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.

2. Is Orientation required?

Yes! We require every incoming student (first-year, transfer, APP, or master’s) to attend Orientation for the session most convenient for your schedule. During your Orientation, you will register for courses, receive your Barton ID, and be introduced to the campus, faculty, and staff. During these sessions, we will also host a Family Orientation. Family Orientation is not required for family members but is highly encouraged.

3. What is the schedule for Orientation?

Schedules may be found on the Dates and Schedules page. Orientation on Day 1 begins with Check-In from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. with the Opening Ceremony beginning promptly at 10 a.m. Day 1 concludes after dinner for families and continues on into the evening for students. Day 2 begins with breakfast and concludes at 1:30 p.m. to allow for travel.

4. 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 Orientation staff at or your admissions counselor so we can make appropriate accommodations.

5. Should a family member or guest attend Orientation? What if my sibling(s) would like to attend?

While it is not required, we highly encourage a family member to attend. Family and guests will have their own Orientation track in which they will receive a variety of helpful information regarding academics, housing, finances, campus culture, and other services at Barton. It is a great opportunity to learn what your student can expect from his or her college experience, as well as provide a time to get all of your questions answered and take care of administrative needs.

Siblings and other guests must follow their family members through the Family and Guest sessions. They will be unable to accompany the student through the Student Orientation sessions.

6. How much does Orientation registration cost?

The cost per student is covered in the College non-refundable deposit. Additional guests/family members will be $50 for the first attendee and $25 for each additional guest. Any children under the age of four are free. Students will stay in Wenger Residence Hall during Summer Orientation, while guests and family members will need to reserve alternative accommodations in the area.

7. Do I have to stay on campus?

Yes! We promise you will have fun! Even if you are a Wilson or area native and plan to live at home, you are required to stay on campus during the summer orientation session. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know important services on campus and to connect with our amazing student leaders and faculty members.

8. Where should my family stay?

There are several wonderful options in Wilson. We have secured a room block for Orientation at the Comfort Suites at 6415 Southern Village Drive. Or you are welcome to stay at any of these other Barton preferred hotels:

9. 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 the Office of Student Engagement and Success at to adjust your registration. We are glad to accommodate your schedule!

10. What should I pack for Summer Orientation?

  • Barton Blue gear! We want to see you show your Barton pride.
  • Bed Linens: Twin XL fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillow, and blanket (REQUIRED)
  • Toiletries: Shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothpaste, etc. (REQUIRED)
  • Any documents required for your administrative needs:
    • Car Registration, license, and license plate number to apply for a parking pass
    • Health forms or immunization records to turn in
  • Light, casual summer clothing for two days. Activities may include anything from sporting events to campus activities, but casual clothing is appropriate for all events.
  • Sneakers
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen and a hat

11. Do transfer students attend one of the Summer Orientation sessions?

Yes, Orientation is required for all new students entering in the fall. Transfer students are encouraged to register for the experience they desire: a two day on-campus experience to immerse yourself in the Barton culture or a one-day administrative Orientation to learn about Barton-specific services.

If you have any questions, please contact the Orientation staff at

12. If I am 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 a residence hall overnight, we recommend parking in the Hilley Hall lot on 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.

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

First-year students officially declare a major at Barton College during their second semester. However, to have the correct intended major on file, students may complete the Intended Major form (login required) before Orientation or during their first semester. Questions about your intended major can be addressed during your individual meeting with your First-Year Seminar advisor.

14. 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 similar content. For example, all classes will work in areas such as study skills, time management, career research, and choice of a major. Find more information on First-Year Seminar here.

15. 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 offices 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.

16. 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.

17. 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 Orientation, as well as the Club Fair during Welcome Week. To begin browsing the opportunities to get involved, visit the Campus Activities page.

18. What is Welcome Week?

Welcome Week will be your first official week on campus as a Barton Bulldog. During the weekend, we will offer assistance as you move into your assigned residence hall, along with many fun and educational activities to help you meet people and get familiar with the campus before the start of the semester.  During the week, we will host activities and events for you to connect with other students.