Welcome Week Fall 2021

“Come to the Table”
Psalm 34:8

Thursday, August 12

1:00 — 5:00 p.m. Early Arrival / Move-in at the Anderson Auditorium Lot
1:00 — 5:00 p.m. Campus Business in the Library
7:00 p.m. Residence Life Socials hosted by Residence Life

Friday, August 13

8:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m. Residence Hall Move-in
8:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Campus Business
11:30 a.m. Picnic Lunch at Gaither Circle & Howerton Commons
(Guests: $5 for adults & $3 for children)
1:30 p.m. New Student Athlete Meeting in Graham Chapel (Gaither Hall)
*3:00 p.m. Welcome Service for New Students & Parents (Anderson Auditorium)
*4:00 p.m. Foundations Group Breakout / VIP Parent Reception
*8:00 p.m. Foundation Group Meeting
*9:00 p.m. Residence Hall Orientation

Saturday, August 14

9:00 a.m. Foundations Groups Team Building (Group A)
11:30 a.m. Sign-Up for Sunday Excursions during lunch in the Dining Hall
12:00 pm Foundations Groups Team Building (Group B)
3:30 pm Women’s Soccer Exhibition on Black Mountain Campus (BMC)
5:30 pm Tailgate Dinner on BMC
6:00 pm Men’s Soccer vs. Spartanburg Methodist Soccer Game on BMC
9:00 pm Bonfire and S’mores at Bell Library

Sunday, August 15

9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. Church Opportunities (Residence Hall Lobbies)
2:00 — 5:00 p.m. Sunday Excursions Montreat, Black Mountain, & Ridgecrest
7:00 — 10:00 p.m. Residence Life Party

Monday, August 16

9:00 a.m. Faculty Meet & Greet by Majors
10:15 a.m. Life at Montreat Workshops (Gaither Hall/Chapel of the Prodigal)
11:30 a.m. Picnic Lunch in Foundations Group w/Faculty & Writing Scholars
8:30 p.m. Candlelight Service (Lake Susan)
9:15 p.m. Ice Cream Social (Howerton Porch)

* Required events.

Orientation FAQ

When does Welcome Week officially begin?

Welcome Week begins with move-in on August 12 and 13, 2021. You will receive an email the week of July 12th with an opportunity to book your preferred arrival time. For fall sport student athletes, check with your coach about whether you will need to arrive early on Monday, August 9th at a pre-assigned time.

How late can I arrive?

New students should arrive before noon on Friday, August 13th. In order to move into the residence halls, new students will need to have completed and cleared all necessary Campus Business.

Is Welcome Week/orientation mandatory?

Yes, Welcome Week/orientation is mandatory for first year students and new transfer students.

I’m a transfer student. Am I expected to attend Welcome Week?

All new students – transfers and freshmen – should attend. We’ve created special events with your Foundation Group geared toward the needs and interests of transfer students, and we know that the information we share with you will ensure your success as a new student at Montreat.

Does Montreat offer shuttles from the airport during Welcome Week?

We do not offer shuttle service during orientation. If you need a ride to campus, it is best to contact Uber or Lyft.

As a first year freshman, will I need to park in the Blue Parking lots on the Black Mountain campus (BMC) during orientation?

No. The parking policy goes into effect when classes begin on Tuesday, August 17th. Shuttle service will begin on Monday night, August 16th to allow freshmen to park their cars at the BMC and take the shuttle back to their residence hall.

Is there a fee for new student orientation?

No, there is no fee for student orientation. There is a charge for additional guests for the Friday picnic lunch.

Can parents and family attend orientation?

Yes. Parents and family can attend and assist with drop off and move-in on Thursday and Friday, August 12th and 13th at the designated move in times. Parents and family are welcome to attend the student athlete session on Friday, August 13th (if applicable), the Friday picnic lunch, Opening Welcome Service and Parent Breakout. We do ask that new students limit the total number of additional family guests to 2 persons.

When does the parent portion of Welcome Week/orientation officially end?

The parent portion of orientation ends at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13 after the optional dinner time. Students will be spending time with their Foundation Groups at 8:00 p.m. followed by Residence Life events, so parents should plan to leave campus by 7:00 p.m. Please make travel arrangements accordingly.

Where can I find a packing List?

Not sure what to bring? Check out our packing list.

When can I move into campus housing?

Students will be sent an email the week of July 12th with instructions on how to reserve a move-in time slot.

When will the meal plan begin?

The meal plan begins when the student has been cleared to move-in to their residence hall after completion of all required campus business. This will take place on either Thursday or Friday, August 12th or 13th. Standard meal service times are:

  • Breakfast: 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Will I be able to meet with Financial Services during Welcome Week?

Yes. The Financial Aid Office will be available from 1:00-5:00 p.m. during Campus Business sessions, or by appointment. However, we strongly encourage students to complete all necessary Financial Services business prior to August 1st along with other items on the Accepted Students Page to be able to be fast tracked to moving into your residence hall.

Who do I speak with regarding classroom accommodations or other disability needs?

Students with documented disabilities who wish to register for accommodations may contact Wesley Davis, the Director of Counseling Services. You may contact Mr. Davis via email at wesley.davis@montreat.edu. Guidelines for documentation and other information may be found on the Disability Services page.

What is FYE and INDS?

FYE stands for First Year Experience. As part of the FYE at Montreat, all first time students will be enrolled in a class, INDS1102, designed to provide an engaging and supportive experience for first year students that strengthens academic skills and develops a clear purpose for their university experience within a Christian learning environment. INDS 1102 will be a place for students to meet fellow classmates and a perfect arena for questions and support.


Do I need to bring a face covering?

Yes. In accordance with CDC guidelines, all students who are not fully vaccinated will be expected to wear a face covering. For all the latest on the college’s COVID-19 efforts, please visit the COVID-19 information page.

Do I need to be vaccinated?

No. However, we strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated as we want to begin as close to “normal” as possible. We will be asking all students to upload their COVID-19 vaccine card or provide proof of a negative COVID test (PCR or Rapid Antigen tests are acceptable) prior to arrival within 1-5 days. For more information on current college COVID-19 protocols, please visit the COVID-19 information page. All students are expected to sign the Cavalier Community Commitment.

Don’t see an answer to your question?

No problem! Please email us at studentlife@montreat.edu.