Awakening is an exciting, fun way to start your college journey. It’s an experience that helps you make friends with fellow students; connect with upperclass students, professors, staff, the President and her cabinet; and, face exciting challenges in small group settings.

Approximately 50 incoming first-year students stay at Hartwick’s beautiful Pine Lake Environmental Campus for the week.

The Awakening program helps participants make a smooth transition into the new world of college by fostering a comfortable environment in which to make friends and create a support network within the Hartwick community. Past Awakeners often talk about how the program helped them establish a new social network and gave them the self-awareness to face the challenges of college and life with confidence.


Welcome Class of 2020!

Dates of Awakening:
Saturday, August 20 – Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Welcome Weekend begins for all first year students on Wednesday afternoon, August 24, 2016.

Most of your time at Awakening is spent in a small group, with 11 other first-year students and three leaders (upperclass students and professors or staff). A typical day at Pine Lake awakens you for breakfast, followed by a morning gathering with the whole community. Each small group then heads off in a different direction. You may find yourself solving problems on the low-challenge course, day hiking on the Pine Lake property, or climbing in the trees at the high-challenge course. Each activity typically is followed by short discussions about the experience—part of a “wake-up call,” which can help you learn new ways to work with others and master the most difficult challenges.

“Awakening is a chance for students and faculty to expand their horizons in every way: develop self-confidence, try new things, and work with people they might not usually choose to work with.”

Professor of History Cherilyn Lacy, Faculty Leader

An added benefit of Awakening is that you will be able to move directly into your residence hall room on the day you arrive at Awakening. Once you pick up your keys at Awakening Registration, you may unload all your gear for the year in your new room. This means you beat the rush on Welcome Weekend! Parents may choose to return to campus for Convocation at the start of Welcome Weekend (which is the end of Awakening), but it is not mandatory.

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