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Early Orientation

One of the many things that makes Landmark College a better choice for students who learn differently is that we constantly strive to provide the right kind of support for the wide profile of learners that come to the College. In this spirit, we have developed an early orientation designed for students with a documented diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (including diagnoses formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS).


Early orientation occurs from August 27–31, 2018.

The schedule for early orientation consists of the following:

  • Pre-arrival Interview—You and your family will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive interview about the important things Landmark should know when working with you. This interview will serve as the basis for how we work with you when you arrive.

  • Early Acclimation to Campus—You will arrive three days before the Fall 2018 incoming class to have more time to familiarize yourself with the campus and gain a practical understanding about the college experience.

  • Specialized Roommate Selection—You will receive additional review to determine appropriate and effective housing and roommate assignments. Because we spend additional time making roommate assignments for students in the early orientation program housing assignments for this group will not be announced until August 1, 2018.

  • Educational Planning Process—You will participate in an on-campus meeting, “Pathways,” to discuss your educational and personal goals. This person-centered planning process will also help us know you better so we can better support you.

  • Establishment of Allies and Safe Spaces—You will be introduced to key staff and faculty and the places you can go to when feeling stressed or overwhelmed during the semester.

  • Peer Group Development—This program is designed for a small group of students who will be mentored by specially selected upper-class students and a professional staff member. This group structure and the activities you will engage in during pre-orientation, will help in the development of a safe and comfortable peer group as you get ready for the full orientation program and the semester.


For the past nine years, we have successfully provided students with an effective and specialized college transitional structure.

If you have questions about Early Orientation, please feel free to contact the Student Affairs office at 802-387-6714 or email

Please note that Orientation Schedules may be subject to change.

Fall Family Early Orientation Schedule

Fall Student Early Orientation Schedule


Fall 2018 Schedule Summary

Monday, August 27

Registration & Residence Hall Move-In: 9 a.m.–Noon
Student & Family Lunch & Welcome Remarks: Noon–1 p.m.
Student & Family Break-Out Sessions: 1–2:45 p.m.
Keynote Speaker, John Elder Robison: 3–4 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. (Families depart for the evening after dinner)
Evening Sessions for students: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 28

Student & Family Orientation Sessions (separate): 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30–6:30 p.m. Families depart for the evening, families may depart any time after their student’s Pathways meeting.
Evening Session for students: 7 p.m.
Student programming: 7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 29

Students continue with orientation all day.

There is no official program for families today, if you are staying for the rest of the orientation program, enjoy your day in Vermont.

Thursday, August 30

Registration & Residence Hall Move-In for Traditional: 9 a.m.–Noon
Student & Family Orientation sessions: 2–6 p.m.
Welcome Dinner: 5:30 p.m. (Families depart for the evening after dinner)
Evening Sessions for students: 7 p.m.

Friday, August 31

Student & Family Orientation Sessions (separate): 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
President’s Reception for Families: 4 p.m.
Evening Session for students: 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 1

Convocation: 9:30–11 a.m.
Family Farewell Brunch: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Families depart after Brunch)
Student Orientation Sessions: 1–5:30 p.m.
Evening Events & Programs

If you have any questions regarding specific aspects of Orientation, please contact Student Affairs at 802-387-6714.

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