Would you like to meet your classmates and get a taste of college without going to class? Would you like to get to know the surrounding area without taking breaks for homework? If so, join us for INBOUND!

Inbound is a four-day program for Juniata College’s new students. This includes freshmen, transfer students, and international students – anyone who is new to campus. A combination of small group retreats and large group activities help participants meet their classmates, get to know upperclassmen, and become acclimated to campus before classes even begin. With a wide variety of retreat themes to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

what is inbound

Getting Started

Inbound begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016 with Check-in and Move-in from 8am - 12pm. There will be Peer Leaders stationed at each residence hall to assist with move-in and to point you wherever you need to go. The Resident Assistants (RAs) will also be available as you get settled into your room. All Inboundees and their families are invited to the President’s Picnic on the Quad from 11:30am – 1:30pm. At approximately 2 pm, Inboundees and their families will meet in Rosenberger Auditorium as we welcome our participants and say goodbye to the families. Then the students and their families will have time to run any last minute errands before the students will need to return to Rosenberger Auditorium at 3:30pm. Once in the Auditorium the Inbound program will officially begin and the students will be sorted into their retreat groups.

Retreat Groups

A typical retreat group includes 10 first-year students, 2 Peer Leaders, and 1 Staff/Faculty Ambassador.

Retreat Themes

This year there are 17 different retreat themes ranging from Biking and Hiking to Dance and Theatre. When you register online, you will be asked to list your top 5 preferences. We will do our very best to fit each participant into one of their top 3 choices (but we cannot make any guarantees). We do NOT fill spots on a first-come, first-serve basis because we want all participants to enjoy what they’re doing, no matter when they learn about Inbound and find time to register. Visit our “Retreat Opportunities” page for retreat descriptions.

Small Group Retreat Activities

In the small groups, participants will take part in varied activities based on their retreat theme. For instance – the Biking retreat will ride local bike trails, complete a service project with the Raystown Mountain Bike Association and explore Huntingdon by bike, the Theatre retreat will participate in a variety of workshops and tour a historic theatre, the Martial Arts retreat will learn Tai Chi from our very own Dr. Phil Dunwoody and travel to State College for kickboxing. Again, you can visit our “Retreat Opportunities” page for more information.

Large Group Activities

During various times through the Inbound program, individual retreat groups may come together for activities which allow participants to meet even more of their classmates and upperclassmen. Additionally, we’ll all come together for larger group activities which may include fun team competitions, movies, bowling, etc. Even though you won’t be in class, we want to make sure you learn something too. You'll have a great time learning about other cultures at the Center for International Education sponsored cultural event. You’ll also get to make your way around campus to explore the different resources available to you as a Juniata student through the “Passport Game”. And of course we’ll still have plenty of fun with our other nightly events including an Inboundee Social where you’ll get a chance to meet your new classmates.


Inbound is a social, transitional program for first-year students. Upon completion of the Inbound program through small and large group activities, students will:

  • Establish new social relationships;
  • Become acclimated to the campus and surrounding community;
  • Experience less anxiety about starting college;
  • Become acclimated to collegiate living;
  • Learn ways in which to become engaged and involved on campus;
  • Become more confident with oneself;
  • Gain knowledge about collegiate interests; and
  • Meet faculty, staff and/or community members which serve as additional resources to students.

Quick Facts

  • 2015: 35 retreats, 336 students participated - 89% participation.
  • 2014: 35 retreats, 366 students participated - 92% participation.
  • 2013: 34 retreats, 350 students participated.
  • 2012: 34 retreats, 330 students participated.
  • 2011: 31 retreats, 316 students participated.
  • 2010: Third year of CIC/Wal-mart grant, 21 retreats, 206 students participated.
  • 2009: Second year of CIC/Wal-mart grant, 19 retreats, 189 students participated.
  • 2008: Received Council for Independent Colleges (CIC)/Wal-mart First-generation grant, 14 retreats, 143 students participated.
  • 2007: 10 retreats, 79 students participated.
  • 2006: 4 retreats, 53 students participated.
  • 2005: Program piloted, 1 retreat, 10 students participated.