Marietta College's class of 2012, which is expected to be close to 390 freshmen, will begin arriving on campus on Thursday, Aug. 21, as the College welcomes them during the annual freshman move-in day. Later that day Marietta will conduct its traditional Matriculation Ceremony at 7 p.m. on Fenton Court in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.
This marks the sixth consecutive fall the College has matriculated at least 375 new students. Marietta's Office of Admission expects around 470 total new students will join Marietta this fall, studying in one of the 43 majors offered. The College's overall enrollment has increased to more than 1,500, which includes continuing education and graduate programs.
While Matriculation signifies the formal enrollment at the College, orientation activities will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday with academic advising and registration in the Academic Resource Center, and continue until 1:30 p.m. Sunday with a Class Photo on the front steps of the Hermann Fine Arts Center.
New students will start moving into the residence halls from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Also on Thursday is a commuter student Mix-N-Mingle at 9 p.m. at Upper Gilman and mandatory residence hall meetings at 10 p.m. The first night on campus closes with “It’s Fiesta Time!” at 11 p.m. in The Gathering Place.
On Friday, Aug. 22, the students have a full day of activities, including Chad Crittenden at 10 a.m. in the recreation center. Crittenden is a former Survivor: Vanuatu contestant, who shocked viewers when he revealed that he had only one leg. He will speak about “The First Year Experience: Getting Off on the Right Foot (Even if You Don’t Have One!).
Other activities include a special session on selecting a major at 2:15 p.m. and magician Nate Staniforth at 9 p.m. in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.
Saturday's activities (Aug. 23) include PLAYFAIR, a good way to make new campus friendships, at 10:30 a.m. in the recreation center as well as interest sessions for programs such as mass media, forensics, band, choir, theatre and Greek Life at 1 and 2 p.m. Students will also have an opportunity to explore Downtown Marietta from 6-8 p.m. Saturday as they get special discounts at restaurants and stores. Saturday’s busy day wraps with Casino Night in The Gathering Place at 10 p.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 24, the day begins with an Interfaith Worship Service in the Great Room of Andrews Hall at 10 a.m. The freshmen will also attend a FYSE 102 class at 12:30 p.m.
On Monday, Aug. 25, all classes begin for the fall semester. The College conducts a fall break from Oct. 11-14 and celebrates Homecoming from Oct. 24-26. The fall final exams are Dec. 8-12. The spring semester begins Jan. 12.