What is the First Year Experience Trip?
This Welcome Week retreat allows students to bond with their peers and form an initial connection to their Marietta College experience. Studies show that students who forge an immediate relationship with their first-year cohort and the institution are more likely to graduate long-term.

Is there an expense associated / Do I need to bring money?
At this time, there is no expense directly from participants (aka FREE!)

Who can go on the Experience Trips?
ALL First-Year Marietta College students are eligible to go to on an Experience Trip. Including International, Transfer, and Commuter students.

What if I am under 18?
IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YEARS OLD, YOU MUST HAVE A PARENT / GUARDIAN SIGNATURE BEFORE ATTENDING THE TRIP. Please fill out the registration form online HERE with your parent / legal guardian. We will send you a form that requires a written signature for your completion before the start of Welcome Week.

What sort of mobility is required for the Experience Trip activities?

  • A certain level of mobility is required for the whitewater rafting we will be doing with Adventures on the Gorge.
  • You know your abilities better than anyone, so please reach out to us if you have a concern or require any accommodations.

Are these activities safe?

  • Yes; all of the Experience Trip activities are safe and staffed by professionals both from Adventures on the Gorge and Marietta College.
  • EACH STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR UNDERSTANDING THE RISK INVOLVED AND MUST COMPLETE THE REQUIRED LIABILITY WAIVERS BEFORE ATTENDING THE TRIP.


Where are the Experience Trips / How far away is it from campus?

  • Whitewater Rafting is taking place at Adventures on the Gorge, 219 Chestnutburg Rd Lansing, WV 25862. Located on the New River Gorge, AotG is about 150 miles or 2.5 hours away from campus.


What is all provided? / Are we fed?
Marietta College provides all meals and round-trip charter bus transportation.

Who should I contact if I have questions that are not listed on this page?
Welcome Week and the First Year Experience Trip is being coordinated by Marietta College's Office of Campus Involvement. You can call us at 740.376.4784 or click Contact us.