Through our new student orientation, you will learn to navigate campus, find a sense of belonging, adjust to the rigor of a liberal arts education, and begin to develop a sense of purpose. Participation in new student orientation, both on and off campus, is required for all incoming first-year students.

Denison’s orientation for new students in the Class of 2028 is Wednesday, Aug. 21, through Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2024.

  • On-Campus Orientation: Thursday, Aug. 22; Tuesday, Aug. 27 - Wednesday, Aug. 28.
  • Off-Campus Orientation Experiences: Friday, Aug. 23 - Monday, Aug. 26.

On-campus orientation

Denison’s on-campus orientation experience will prepare you to thrive in your new community. Orientation activities will offer you an opportunity to get to know your fellow students, learn more about living and learning at Denison, and have a lot of fun.

You’ll receive a final copy of the on-campus schedule when you arrive. Programming begins the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 21, and continues through Wednesday, Aug. 28. Fall semester classes then begin on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Off-campus orientation experiences

Denison includes a wide variety of Off-Campus Orientation Experiences as part of its new student orientation. These trips provide a unique and enjoyable transition to life at Denison while creating an opportunity to form friendships with other entering first-years who share your interests and passions. In a small group setting, you will expand your horizons, deepen your understanding of yourself, and get connected to your peers. Participation in new student orientation, both on-campus and off-campus, is required for all incoming first-year students.

You will rank 5 off-campus experiences in your Admitted Student Portal starting in May 2024. There is a chance you could be placed on any of your 5 selections, so be sure to consider the options carefully. A notification will be sent to you in late June with your trip assignment.