Nichols College Orientation


It’s time!  Welcome Bison, to the beginning of your first year at Nichols College!  Please find important details related to the Fall Semester and your Move-In on Friday, August 30, 2019 here.

Fall Opening

Whether you are living on campus or not, a first-time freshman or an incoming transfer student; attending the programs offered during Fall Opening is expected of you.  We want to ensure that your transition to Nichols runs smoothly, so several events have been planned to assist you during your first few days here. You will receive a copy of the Fall Opening schedule when you arrive on campus. Fall Opening will run from Friday, August 30th – Sunday, September 1st and classes will begin on Monday, September 2nd.  (We know it’s Labor Day, we are open!)

Once you are settled, please join us on the Copper Beech Quad at 3:00pm to begin the program. You will be meeting with your PDS class at this time.


How does it work, what is happening?  Please carefully read the items below for information on WHEN to arrive and WHERE

The Check-In / Registration process allows all students to settle any unfinished business, as well as receive important information, before starting classes. Students who have not previously sent tuition payment, financial aid forms, and/or completed health record will be asked to submit them at check-in. Please take care of these things prior to your arrival on campus. Use to find links to the appropriate offices to contact the representative you need.

If your files are complete prior to arrival, the Check-In process should only take a few minutes. You will receive your residence hall key and parking decal (if registration was returned) when you check-in. You will need to complete the Emergency Notification Form upon your arrival if you do not do so from home.

Move-In Date and Time for New Resident Students:

  • Last Names A – K: 9:00am – 10:00am
    • As you arrive on campus you will see a crew of helpers that will help direct you to one of two parking lots.  Watch for them on Center Road!
  • Last Names L – Z: 10:00am – 11:30pm
    • As you arrive on campus you will see a crew of helpers that will help direct you to one of two parking lots. Watch for them on Center Road!

Resident Students will report directly to Shamie Hall to begin the check-in process. We will have signs and guides directing you to the correct parking lot and check-in area. You will receive a parking placard for your designated move-in time.  Once you have moved in your belongings, you will be asked to immediately move your vehicle to a specified parking lot. Sticking to your move in time will help with the flow of traffic and ensure a smoother arrival to your new home away from home!

We will have ‘Movers and Shakers’ available to assist you in your move-in but it is a good idea to bring hand carts or dolly and extra muscles to aid in the process!

Fall Opening will begin at 3:00pm for all new students!

All students at Nichols College MUST check-in (not the same as move-in) each semester.  Students should use their smartphones or a computer to complete the check-in process.  Please go to and complete any necessary signatures, etc.  If you have a HOLD on your account, you will need to clear it prior to receiving your Residence Hall key. Check to view your check list.

Where are you getting your info? 

In the coming days your will cease to exist.  As you log onto the Hub you will be interfacing with the regular Student page and through its pages you will be able to find policies, access your bill and grades and much of your class work will be done here.  Make sure you are logging on regularly.  Additional information about Fall Opening weekend/Move-In and Check-in can still be found at

Did you finish your homework? 

If you have not yet completed the HOMEWORK as sent to you by me on August 1 – this includes both the AlcoholEDU and Haven modules online please do so prior to your arrival.  This is a graded component of your PDS class, and all incoming students are required to have it done by Sunday, September 1, 2019.


If you have any questions about beginning your time at Nichols College, please reach out the Student Involvement Office at or call 508-213-2113.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Herd!

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If you have any questions about beginning your time at Nichols College, please reach out the Student Involvement Office at or call 508-213-2113.

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