Class of 2024 Orientation | Macaulay Honors College

Class of 2024 Orientation

The Macaulay staff and faculty are excited to meet you. We’re working hard to prepare for your arrival and have designed a series of events to help you transition to life as a Macaulay student. All events will take place virtually between August 16-19th. 

All first year students are required to participate in all Orientation events.


  • Complete the Orientation Questionnaire by August 1st
  • Receive Club Macaulay and Macaulay Honors College App credentials
    Credentials will be provided to you in early August. Learn more about Club Macaulay
  • Complete Pre-Orientation tasks and activities
    Link to complete will be provided to you in early August.
  • Get to know your peer mentors and Macaulay Crew
    Starting in early August, you will be assigned to your Macaulay Crew, a group of other incoming students, and a peer mentor, who will help you transition into college and stick with you during your time at Macaulay. You will be able to chat with the group through Club Macaulay or the Macaulay Honors College App.
  • Receive Your Macaulay Laptop
    More info TBA

  • Get to know your Cultural Passport
    We won’t be issuing IDs until campuses reopen. Learn about your Cultural Passport here.


Day 1: Outward Bound

Macaulay Mountain LionSunday, 8/16 or Monday, 8/17
3 1/2 hour session; time and date will be assigned to you in early August. Complete schedule will be available on Club Macaulay or the Macaulay Honors College App.

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The emphasis of Day #1 of orientation is on community building, skills building and class bonding, and will be held virtually on Zoom, led by trained Outward Bound staff as well as returning Macaulay student peer mentors.


Day 2:  Community Resources

cTuesday, August 18
11:00am-2:30pm; Complete schedule will be available on Club Macaulay or the Macaulay Honors College App.

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Day #2 is your Community Resources Day, and on this day you will meet the Macaulay staff; your Macaulay campus Advisors; representatives from the Macaulay Scholars Council and our numerous Macaulay student organizations; as well as representatives from a select number of our community service partner organizations.


Day 3: IDEA Sessions

Student with laptopWednesday, August 19 
Complete schedule TBA.

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The final part of Macaulay orientation is an ideas session where we show you how Macaulay supports student innovation.

As a prelude to the semester’s coursework we’ll gather for some conversations about art. Yes, art. Iconic works of art offer a wonderful opportunity for critical thinking. These casual explorations of ideas are a unique and eye-opening Macaulay tradition–and fun way to meet your new classmates.

We’ll introduce you to our Teaching and Learning Collaboratory Fellows, experts in the academic environment who’ll work with you throughout your time at Macaulay. A TLC coaches student ideas and visions into high quality academic output through tech tools like multimedia production, and more.

You will also receive communication tools including a Macaulay eportfolio account and a Macaulay email address and (woo!) your brand new MacBook Air.



IDEA Session times will be assigned to you. Complete schedule TBA.

If you have questions about IDEA Sessions, please email Lisa Brundage at


Macaulay offers special programming for family members who support our students.