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Student Orientation

Hey, future Cougar! Welcome! Remember to explore everything Barton has to offer. Be involved in a club or organization, participate in student activities, attend educational and athletic events. Discover YOUR Barton!


Fall 2023 New Student Orientation (In Person)

  • New Student Orientation is for the traditional freshman student or the transfer student with <24 credit hours that will be attending classes in person at the Great Bend campus.
  • Sessions on Advising, Rights & Responsibilities, Library/Learning Resources, Student Life, Title IX, Academic Development, etc.
  • Monday, August 14th and Tuesday, August 15th - more information will be sent to students and posted at a later date.
  • Register for New Student Orientation

Virtual Orientation Q&A (Via Zoom)

  • For any student regardless of attendance location or modality.
  • Barton personnel representing a variety of service areas available to answer questions.
  • Already have questions? Submit them ahead of time - these will be answered at the session and responded to via email.
  • Upcoming Q&A Sessions via Zoom – select the date below to join Q&A sessions via Zoom.
    • TBD

August 11 & 12, 2023
Housing Check-In - 1-7 p.m. Check-in at the Union (Speed up your check-in by following the instructions to sign-up for Cougar Text Messaging)

August 12, 2023
Food Service starts for housing residents in the Union. Weekend Schedule: Brunch 12-12:45 p.m. Dinner 5-5:30 p.m.

August 14, 2023
Food Service Adjusted Hours Before Classes Begin:  Breakfast 8:00-9:00 a.m. Lunch 11-12:30 p.m. Dinner 5-5:30 p.m.
New Student Orientation for non-athletes and select teams: 8:15 a.m. meet in the Kirkman gym. Sessions will run from 8:30-12:00 p.m.
Housing Meeting 4-5 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. All Housing Residents should plan to attend.

August 15, 2023
Food Service Adjusted Hours Before Classes Begin:  Breakfast 8:00-9:00 a.m. Lunch 11-12:30 p.m. Dinner 5-5:30 p.m.
Student Orientation for the athletes - 8:15 a.m. meet in the practice gym in the Kirkman Building.
8:30-11:30 a.m.: Seven sessions on different topics you need to know.

August 16, 2023
Food Service Regular Hours
Classes Start

View more student activities on the Student Life webpage!

It’s impossible to cover all topics at student orientation. This additional information covers topics that will help students get a better start with college and making good decisions.

Family Information 2022

Welcome to Barton!

For some, this will be the first experience as your young adult makes arrangements to attend college. For others the path is not new.  But whatever your experience the information below is a good resource for all parents.

Maps and Directions

Student Housing/Commons Map  |  Campus Map with directions to Admissions Office

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