Geneva College

Student Life

Freshman Expedition


Freshman Expedition is an outdoor orientation experience offered to incoming first-year students through Geneva College′s Center for Student Engagement. The trip is specifically designed to help incoming first-year Geneva students transition into college life, establish healthy goals, develop relationships and grow in their relationship with the Lord.

Although Freshman Expedition is not a required for incoming students, it is strongly encouraged by Geneva College for a successful freshman transition.

Beginner and skilled adventurers are welcome, and no experience is necessary. All camping gear is provided and included in the cost of the trip. Students are responsible to bring their own clothing and personal items. Sleeping bags will be provided, though if a student prefers to bring their own they may.

What to expect

You will have the opportunity to experience various ropes course challenges, backcountry cooking, camping, group activities, new friendships, meaningful conversations, and reflection times. All these aspects of the trip are intentionally designed to encourage deeper personal, social, spiritual, and academic development throughout your college experience.

Trip details

August 21-25, 2015

The trip will begin at 3 p.m. on August 21 and end at 8 p.m. on August 25. 
Registration is due July 31
The cost is $200 if registered by July 15 and $220 after that date.

Freshman Expedition students have the privilege of moving into their residence hall rooms prior to the beginning of the trip.

Registration and Info

Register online today and secure your spot!

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More Information

I've already registered.  What's next?
Once we have received your registration & payment we will send you a packet of information about the trip.  This will include all you need to know until you arrive on campus August 21st.

You get to move in early.
You have been given special permission to move into your room starting at 9:00 a.m. on the 21st (the day the trip begins).  If you would prefer to move in on the 20th, due to schedule or long distance travel, please let us know and we will be happy to make arrangements for that.  If this is the case please e-mail

What to do when you arrive:
When you arrive on campus you will be able to get access to your residence hall room by visiting the Residence Life Office located in Skye Lounge (top floor of the student center). Please be ready to meet at the Center for Student Engagement at 3:00 pm on Friday the 21st with everything on your packing list. You may bring clothing, equipment, etc. in a duffle bag, backpack, or bag of your choice. You should not need anything other than what is on this list so please plan on leaving other items in your residence hall.

What students have to say about Freshman Expedition…


The trip made me think a lot about my identity in Christ, as well as my priorities. I learned a lot about my capabilities and how to relate to others. I will be starting my classes with more confidence and determination and less anxiety."
It was a blast! The combination of physical and mental challenges, with teamwork and stuff, was highly enjoyable. I loved every minute."

Challenge trip

I think I found that I'm often capable of more that I think, and that I just need to rise to meet the challenge. I am going to be much more aware of my attitudes and will also be more confident in my transition."
I was really scared to go on the trip because I had never been hard-core camping before, but the instructors were great. In the end it was facing my fears that made the trip so great."
I loved being surrounded by creation—the stars, the clouds the trees. I felt like God had put everything there just for my enjoyment."