Collegebound at CSB/SJU

About 150 students and facilitators pose for a photo in Grand Marais, MN at the end of the Collegebound trip in 2018.

August 14-21, 2019

All the men's and women's trips are currently full.  Complete the waitlist form if interested in being contacted if a spot opens up. Otherwise contact [email protected] or call Kyle Rauch at 320-363-2136 with any questions.

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Registration Opens April 2020

What Is Collegebound?

  • An Outdoor Orientation Program and learning experience for incoming first year or transfer students to CSB/SJU.
  • Students will either rock climb, canoe, or backpack in Northern Minnesota for the week preceding orientation. No experience necessary!
  • An opportunity to learn about yourself and develop skills important to college life.
  • A great way to meet other students, both first years and upperclassmen, before classes start.
  • A good way to make the transition into college.
  • Check out some photos from our past trips!
  • 2019 Collegebound Brochure


  • $395 (includes a $100 non-refundable deposit)
  • Payment includes: trip transportation, food, lodging, gear (if needed), and a memorable experience! This cost does NOT cover personal travel expenses from your home to CSB/SJU.
  • If you are unable to make a credit card payment, contact Kyle Rauch ( [email protected] or 320-363-2136) to make alternate arrangements.

Trip Itinerary:

  • Wednesday, August 14, Arrive on campus, move-in, group meeting and dinner
  • Thursday, August 15, Depart to North Shore
  • Friday-Monday, August 16-19, Canoe, Rock Climb, Backpack, or Northshore Camp
  • Tuesday, August 20, All groups meet up and camp in Grand Marais for the final night
  • Wednesday, August 21, Return to campus
  • Thursday, August 22, All first-year students move in and orientation begins

Check out a Collegebound video compilation made by 2016 participant, Joseph Pohle, on the BWCA canoeing trip:

Learn more about the trip options:

  Collegebound canoeing trip  Collegebound rock climbing trip  Collegebound backpacking trip