New Student Orientation – Spring 2019

This schedule subject to change.





Saturday,  Jan 129:00–10:30 a.m.All incoming student (residential and off campus) ID’s issued, orientation folders distributed, health paperwork check-inTerraHaus

These sessions are for all incoming students (residential and off campus/commuter)

9:00-10:30 a.m.Incoming students move in to residence hallsYour residence hall
10:00-12:30 p.m.Brunch – parents welcome! (Students will use their ID’s to swipe for their meal)Wyman Commons
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.Welcome Address – Title IX info session, campus policies, Q&AWyman Commons
2:00 p.m.“Not Goodbye, Just See You Soon!” – Parents and students say their farewells.Wyman Commons
2:15 -3:30 p.m.CANVAS student portal introduction/trainingWyman Commons
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.Work-study OrientationWyman Commons
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.Dinner (Students will use their ID’s to swipe for their meal)Wyman Commons
6:30 p.m.**Resident Advisor programs: On Common Ground, rules & regulations, etc.Your Residence Hall
8:00 p.m.**Movie with free food and lots of funTerraHaus
Sunday, Jan. 138:00 a.m.Continental BreakfastTozier Gymnasium/OAC
9:00 a.m.Introduction and group activities – (see descriptions below)Tozier Gymnasium/OAC
10:00 amDepart to Various Locations
Leave No Trace – overview
Team building activities
Activities: cross-country ski, primitive skills, snowshoeing
– Various sites
4:00 p.m.Return of trips and closingJohn Burwell Building
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.Dinner – (Students will use their ID’s to swipe for their meal)Wyman Commons

*Classes begin Monday, January 14, 2019.
**Non-Residential Students not required but welcome.

New Student Orientation – Outdoor Programs (NSO OPS)

Sunday,  January 13, 2019 : 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In Spring Semester, your Unity College adventure begins with our New Student Orientation (NSO) Outdoor Programs (OPS). The NSO OPS trips are held on January 13th from 9apm-4pm.  This is the Sunday just before classes begin.

NSO OPS is designed to help support the transition to college life by creating relationships, connecting to Maine, and emphasizing on personal growth. NSO OPS trips are small group adventure-based experiences led by well-trained leaders who are Unity College students themselves.  This program is not a substitute for the Nova program.

There will be three programs offered focusing on Primitive Skills, Cross Country Skiing, and Snowshoeing. All food and group gear will be provided. Our menus consist of wholesome and delicious foods.

Please read the descriptions below. Students will choose their trip on the day of arrival.

 Unity SkiQuarry Hill Road – Cross Country Skiing

Discover one of our favorite ski areas closest to Unity College. We will begin with an introduction of cross-country skiing learning how to start, stop turn, and glide. Students will even practice the art of falling and getting back up on our skis. The group will head out on groomed trails enjoying the beautiful scenery and having an incredible physical experience. 

Camden Hills State Park – Snowshoeing

Explore the rugged and beautiful Camden Hills State Park. We will snowshoe or hike about three miles to Bald Rock Mountain.  This trail is moderately difficult with a slow and gentle approach finishing with an upward climb. The scenery will be spectacular with views of the mountains that meet the ocean.

Winter NovaTanglewood Outdoor Center –Primitive Skills

Come ready to learn about the skills of our ancestors. The skills that humans have thrived with for thousands of years. You will be immersed in the natural world to learn about various primitive skills including: shelter building, fire making, camouflage and stalking techniques, and ways to keep yourself comfortable in the wilderness. We will be using a cabin with a wood stove throughout the day.

If you have any questions please contact Jessica Steele, Director of Outdoor Adventure Center at 207-948-9293 or email