Starting tomorrow, families of new students will pour into Brunswick, car trunks packed with dorm room staples such as comforters and favorite pillows. First-year residence halls are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, giving incoming students time to unload their stuff, meet members of residential life, listen to President Mills’ welcome and explore the campus before checking in at 4 p.m. at Farley Field House to meet their orientation group.
Last family farewells must be made before 4:30 p.m. Orientation trips begin at the Farley Field House at 5:30 p.m. with a barbeque. All 497 first-year students will sleep over in the field house Tuesday night before dispersing across the state Wednesday morning for their four-day adventures.
Students will head as far north as Presque Isle at the top of the state, and as far east as Pleasant Point near the Canadian border. They’ll hike the Western mountains, canoe Maine’s rivers and surf its shores. They’ll meet Mainers, do community service and make connections with new classmates.
Students return to campus on Saturday morning for a few days of orientation on campus, where they’ll have a chance to meet faculty and select classes. The College Convocation, which marks the official opening of the school year, is Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. in Pickard Theater.