Nichols College Orientation

The Nichols College Orientation program is designed to assist you in transitioning to Nichols College.

During the Nichols College Summer Orientation session, you will meet other members of the Class of 2026, interact with faculty, staff and get to know members of the student body. You will also learn about academic life, opportunities for involvement in student organizations and athletics, as well as a variety of additional information to help you with your transition to life on the Hill.

We highly recommend that all incoming Bison attend a two-day overnight Orientation program in Jun; this will be the first of many experiences acclimating you to the Nichols College campus. There are three overnight sessions for you to choose from:

Session A – Tuesday, June 21st – Wednesday, June 22nd (Session A is full!)
Session B – Thursday, June 23rd – Friday, June 24th
Session C – Saturday, June 25th – Sunday, June 26th


While attending Orientation in June, you will stay in Shamie Hall (double occupancy – incoming students will be matched up for the program). Staying overnight is a requirement of the program. You must bring a sleeping bag or blanket and sheets, pillow, bath linens, toiletries, and comfortable clothes. This is a great opportunity to experience on-campus living first-hand and to check out where you might be living next year! For those of you who plan to commute in the fall, you will have the change to meet and spend time with your classmates.

To register for Orientation, please fill out the form at:

Registration for Orientation is new open! We look forward to preparing for your stay on campus!


When you arrive on campus, please go directly to Shamie Hall (#22 on the campus map), where you will be receiving your room assignment and dropping off your overnight belongings. There will be signs posted along Center Road for direct vehicles to appropriate parking areas. Students may drive themselves to Orientation and park their cars overnight. Check-in will be held at the Academic Building between 8:30am and 9:50am. The first program of the day will begin at 10:00am in Daniels Auditorium. Late arrivals should go to the Admissions Office to receive assistance (#2 on the campus map). There will be light refreshments served prior to the first session in the Academic Building. Be sure to arrive early to get your student ID photo taken and chat with faculty and staff who will be present to greet you and answer any questions you have before the program begins.


All room assignments for Orientation are temporary; they have been randomly arranged for one night only. Unfortunately, no roommate requests will be honored during Orientation; students will be assigned randomly to their rooms. All students will be housed with one other student.


All members of the Nichols Orientation professional staff will be on duty throughout the sessions. Urgent messages can be relayed to students by calling Public Safety at (508)-213-2298. The officer on duty will locate a member of the Student Life Staff so that he/she can relay the message to the appropriate recipient.


We strongly encourage all incoming Bison make their best effort to attend the two-day overnight Orientation session. Please email or call the Office for Student Involvement at (508)-213-2480 to make any necessary accommodations before Orientation.


  • Comfortable, casual clothing including a sweatshirt or jacket for evening activities or air-conditioned rooms
  • Bath towel
  • Sleeping bag and/or sheets, a blanket, and a pillow
  • Toiletries (shower shoes!)
  • Umbrella
  • Sneakers
  • Phone Charger

*Please leave all valuables at home*

Family & Guest Overnight – space is limited

We are offering limited overnight accommodations for parents/guardians during each Orientation session for families that need to travel together and live a significant distance from campus. You may sign up for a room when registering your student for Orientation. Overnight accommodations will be provided in apartment-style residence halls, with private bedrooms and shared bathrooms and common spaces.

This program will cost $49.00 per room and payment will be collected the day of Orientation. Space is limited, so sign up fast!

Included in this program:

  • Housing in Copper Beech Residence Hall (apartment-style housing, with private bedroom and shared bathroom & common areas)
  • Linens (bed sheets, blankets, pillows & towels)
  • Lunch and snacks on day one and breakfast on day two