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Event to support first-year students transition to campus life and academics

What is Tartan?

Multi-day Support

The Tartan is a multi-day event designed to support incoming first-year students in their transition to Campbell University. During the Tartan, students will have the opportunity to learn about campus history, traditions, and resources and to make connections in our Campbell community that will contribute to their success.


Each student represents an important thread woven into the fabric of our camel history and identity. During this time of self-discovery, the Tartan provides a foundation for growth and signals our commitment to support each student through his or her collegiate journey and welcomes students to participate in the creation of new Campbell traditions.


A Tartan is a woolen cloth woven in one of several patterns of plaid historically associated with particular Scottish families like Campbell. We have chosen the name as a symbol of our “kinship” or deep connection to one another and our surroundings.

The Tartan Experience

View Intro to Tartan

During these days before the first day of class our new commuter students are at home anxiously waiting for classes to begin and our new residents, equally eager, are being dropped off by their families into a semi self-quarantine environment moving into single room assignments.

A small team of student leaders, the Tartan team, is dedicated to helping all of our new students transition into the fabric of the campus community. Socially, by connecting them to each other through remote communications.  Culturally and academically through resources available in the Blackboard Tartan 2020 organization.

We have designed Tartan 2020 for you to comfortably and safely be introduced to campus and your new community remotely via Blackboard in an effort mitigate any exposure to COVID-19 and discourage any non-essential campus gathering.  We have also created experiences that will have you explore the campus individually and within State guidelines.

To access this remote experience you will receive communication via university e-mail from your Tartan Team.  They will guide you through the first pathway, Camel 101.  You can easily find this and all the pathways in the content folder within your Tartan 2020 Organization located in Blackboard.

Click the Pathways listed in the schedule below to visit the Blackboard login page.  Simply use the same login credentials you use to access your university e-mail to gain access to Blackboard to find all your classes and the Tartan 2020 organization.

View the Schedule & Pathways




Saturday, August 15, 2020


Begins 10:30 a.m.

Camel 101 Pathway Access the pathway →
Gather remotely on Blackboard collaborate to meet your Tartan Leaders, other first-year students, and learn University basics in the Camel 101 Pathway. Unless otherwise notified by your Tartan Leader, these meetings will begin at 10:30am. Check your university e-mail for a link to join this meeting. 

The History Trail Challenge Start the challenge →
Together with a new friend, follow the clues to find the next historical location on campus. You will learn about landmarks and people who have made our campus great! Take a picture at each location and share it with us via hashtag #CampbellTartan2020. The challenge will be available to you all week.


Community PathwayAccess the pathway →
Complete the Community Pathway to be introduced to our tradition of community and how we each contribute to it. If you need any help, don’t hesitate to contact your Tartan Leader. 


6:00 p.m.

Tartan Trivia Game Show
Help your Tartan Group win today’s pathways trivia game. Meet your Tartan group in your virtual team room and take home fun prizes.

After 6:00 p.m.

Student Union Events | Join the events →

Sunday, August 16, 2020


10:00 a.m.

Tartan Talks Live – “It’s Corona Time”

Experience Butler Chapel
Butler Chapel serves as a landmark of our spiritual well-being. Visit the Chapel and discover ways to engage in your spiritual life. The Chapel will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. throughout the first week of class for your exploration. Find directions for this experience in your Well-being pathway.

Begins 10:30 a.m.

Tartan Group Check in
Your Tartan group will reconnect together this morning and review what you were introduced to yesterday and provide direction for your schedule today and tomorrow. Meetings will take place at 10:30 am unless otherwise notified by your Tartan leader.

Well-being Pathway | Access the pathway →
Well-being is always important to your success. The COVID-19 pandemic adds additional urgency. Review the lessons included in the Well-being pathway to set you up for success as you make healthy life choices. 

11:00 a.m.

Tartan Talks Live – “Is spirituality really a thing here?”

12:00 p.m.

Tartan Talks Live – “Resident Realities”


Starting at 1:00 p.m.

Develop Your Talents Pathway Access the Talents pathway →
Grit and resilience should be among the first skills you develop. This pathway exposes you to lessons learned to give you a head start towards achieving your goals.

1:00 p.m.

Tartan Talks Live – “Figure out your finances”

2:00 p.m.

Tartan Talks Live – “Commuter considerations”

3:00 p.m.

Tartan Talks Live – “Campus resources I wish I had known”


4:00 p.m.

Tartan Trivia Game Show
Help your Tartan Group win today’s pathways trivia game. Meet your Tartan group in your virtual team room and take home fun prizes.

After 6:00 p.m.

Student Union Events | Join the events →

Monday, August 17, 2020

Monday is Academic Success Day. Each of you will meet with your Freshman Seminar Class and can visit your academic departments. Some may also meet with your Academic Advisor. Schedules vary depending on program. Your Tartan Leader can help you find your way.


9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

CUFS 100Join seminar →
Education, Arts & Science and undeclared students will meet your Freshman Seminar faculty and Peer Mentor. This pair will extend your Tartan experience and provide you continued support and guidance throughout the Fall semester. Your Peer Mentor will help you find your way to academic landmarks and your academic programs. We will start at 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise notified by your instructor. Open your freshman seminar class in Blackboard to confirm the time. 

ENGR 100
Commuting students enrolled in Engineering (ENG) 101 are able to collect their lab materials and other essential tools from the School of Engineering.

Academic Success PathwayAccess the pathway →
The Academic Success Pathway will provide you tried and true guidance and resources that can be of use to you throughout your college career. Review this pathway before the first day of class to ensure you’ve considered all your success strategies.

11:00 a.m.

Value of Education Live Stream (watch)
Meet Faculty for a conversation of academic expectations.


2:30 p.m.

ENGR 101Join seminar →
All Engineering (ENG) students will meet remotely with their Freshman Seminar instructors and new student transition team. You will be introduced to the traditions and expectations of the School of Engineering.

3:00 p.m.

BADM 100Join seminar →
All Business students will meet remotely with their Freshman Seminar Peer Mentors and new student transition team. You will be introduced to the traditions and expectations of the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business and at 4:00pm will guide you to your virtual program meetings.

5:00 p.m.

This traditional ceremony welcomes new students and marks the beginning of your academic journey at Campbell. Your Tartan Leader will provide you access to this virtual experience.


After 6:00 p.m.

Student Union Events | Join the events →


All events are subject to change

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