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Orientation and Move-In

Orientation Is Mandatory

We know the transition can be confusing and we are here to help. We want you to feel as prepared as possible which is why it is very important that you make the commitment to attend all of Orientation.

Attending Orientation is mandatory because students that attend are more successful and more apt to stay on track for graduation. We will connect you to resources, services, programs and people that will help make Randolph College feel like home. This is just the start of a new way of learning, thinking and making connections at Randolph.

There are no make-up sessions available.

2024 Move-In Dates and Orientation Schedules

Select your orientation schedule from the options below.

Pre-Arrival Requirements

Student Required Actions

All students may check-in pending the completion of their Student Required Actions. Plan to actively check your student portal to see what student required actions you’ve completed and which actions still need completion. Please pay special attention to the following Student Required Action details:

Business Office Student Required Actions:

Questions: Wendy Deitrick,

Office of Financial Aid Required Actions

If students have questions about whether or not these actions have been completed, they should be in contact (434) 947-8128.

Health Center Student Required Actions


Documentation showing “full vaccination” status* must be emailed to Ruby Bryant ( by AUGUST 1.

Students who arrive on or after August 15 should receive their first vaccine (if receiving Moderna or Pfizer) no later than July 1; if receiving a one-dose vaccine (Janssen by Johnson & Johnson), that should be received no later than August 1.

Students who arrive before August 12 must have their documentation showing full vaccination status before their arrival
(ex. Resident Assistants arrive on campus on August 11: for two-dose vaccines, their first dose should be received no later than June 28; for one-dose vaccines, their first dose should be received no later than July 26)

Exemptions: Only two exemptions are accepted:

  1. Medical Exemption – accepted on a licensed healthcare provider’s office letterhead OR
  2. Religious Exemption (PDF).

*Full vaccination status = 14 days since final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Students may also have required actions around Health Insurance Waivers and Medical Forms/Documentation.

Questions: Ruby Bryant,

Arrival Check-In Information

  1. Upon arrival at campus, park your vehicle in the Bell Hall lot located off of N Princeton Circle. ( Campus Map )
  2. Do NOT unload your car before checking in.
  3. Students, please proceed to the Main Hall Lobby to begin your check-in process. There will be volunteers to help you find your way. Parents, please stay with your vehicle until your student returns from check-in.
  4. At check-in, new first-year students will receive their Paw Pass (student ID), room key, an information packet, and instructions for moving into their residence hall. Various offices will be available to answer questions.

Move-In Information

Be advised that all students must complete the check-in process before receiving their room key. Once you have completed the process you may pick up your key and begin moving into your room.

  • Main Hall residents – If you live in Main Hall and have been approved to begin your move, you may move your vehicle to Front Campus Drive to begin the unloading process.
  • Bell Hall residents –  If you live in Bell Hall and have been approved to begin your move, you may start the unloading process in the Bell Hall Lot.

Be Efficient
Getting your belongings unloaded and your car moved promptly will greatly assist the move-in process.

  1. Drive your car to the designated loading area for your residence hall.
  2. Our Welcome Team will be located at tents at each residence hall to assist with unloading your belongings and transporting them to your room.
  3. Once your vehicle has been unloaded, promptly move it back to the Bell Parking lot so that others may begin unloading.
  4. Your vehicle can remain safely parked in Bell lot for the remainder of they day.

Be Prepared

  • What to Bring – Our students have prepared a list of essential items you will need for your room.
  • Label Your Stuff – Prior to arrival, please label all of your boxes, baskets, suitcases, and loose items with your room number and name to assist our Welcome Team in ensuring your belongings make it to the correct room.  (i.e. Bell 300 – Wanda WildCat) Masking tape and a sharpie work great.
  • Carts – Bringing your own cart or dolly is a great idea and will make your move in process faster. However, there will be carts available to check-out on a first come first serve basis.

Vehicle Registration

Students who plan to keep their vehicle on campus should register their vehicle and sign up for a parking pass.

PawPass Photos

Your PawPass I.D. card is your electronic access key to your residence hall and other facilities. You use it to access your meal plan in the dining hall, buy coffee in the Skeller, check out materials in the library, etc.

We take your photo: During Check-In, we will take your photo and create your PawPass while you wait.


Submit your own:  This year, we have added the option for you to submit your own photo and have your PawPass waiting for you at check-in. To take advantage of this option, you must submit a photo using the following guidelines:

  • color photo in JPG or PNG format.
  • a recent head shot (less than 1 year old) that accurately shows what you look like now (after all, it is an indentification photo);
  • offering a simple smile, or a more serious look;
  • looking into the camera lens/phone directly;
  • no smaller than 800 x 600 pixels and in color.

Use your email account to send the photo file as an attachment to


We look forward to seeing you soon. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Orientation, please contact…

Amanda Denny
Assistant Dean of Students

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