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Student Orientation at College – Why It Matters

Student orientation is designed to help incoming students ease into the facility and feel more prepared for the start of the new semester. Student orientation is often for incoming freshmen or new students who have not attended the institution the previous semester. However, that does not mean that orientation is limited to only these types of students.

Aside from just the students, student orientation is an excellent chance for parents and potential future students to see how the college operates. During orientation, parents and potential students can understand why the university is worth attending and how students can make the most out of their time in college.

As you can see, student orientation can be a confusing time, but it is highly rewarding for students to attend. If they want to give themselves the best chance for success, attending student orientation will be an important source of information for them. That is why we’re providing you with a brief breakdown of how you can prepare, structure and run student campus orientation.

What Is Orientation Day at College? 

What Is Student Orientation?

Before the new semester, campus orientation is when the college hosts an event for future students and their families. Orientation generally lasts from a few days or a week and is typically hosted a few weeks before starting a new semester or during the summer semester. 

What Is the Purpose of Orientation Programs?

The primary purpose of the orientation program for students is to help familiarize students with available clubs, extracurriculars, and organizations located on campus. Students can acquaint themselves with campus activities, which in turn can inspire themto join social events and make it easier to assimilate into college life. Each university offers different programs, so orientation is an excellent way for students to learn what is and isn’t available.

Benefits of Student Orientation Programs

  • Help get students acquainted with staff and peers
  • Allow a student’s family to get a glimpse of campus life
  • Create a sense of belonging
  • Make it easy for students to map out the campus
  • Familiarize students with rules and regulations

Who Can Attend Student Orientation?

College orientation is designed not only for registered students but also for parents. Parents can attend college orientation to help familiarize themselves with the academy. Additionally, transfer students, foreign exchange, and also high school students are welcome to attend.

College Orientation Tips

To ensure that students get the most out of orientation, it’s important for students to know a few orientation program tips. Being able to take advantage of student orientation is crucial to help them set themselves up for success. 

So, we’ve broken down the main tips that your students should keep in mind before and during college orientation.

8 Tips You Can Give Your Students to Benefit from Student Orientation

  • Be social and put yourself out there
  • Take advantage of mapping out your classes
  • Ask staff and peers questions
  • Take small notes during orientation 
  • Closely read and follow the program
  • Check out the class catalog
  • Perform pre-orientation tasks
  • Attend orientation events

What to Expect During College Orientation

Many students don’t know what to expect at college orientation, which can cause them not to attend. To help students get the most out of orientation activities, encourage them to research ahead of time to get a better idea of orientation events. Here is a quick breakdown of what happens at student orientation.

What Can Students Learn from Student Orientation Events?

Here are a few takeaways you can help students learn from student orientation:

  1. There are more options for classes

Each academy offers different classes, some unique to the college. At orientation, it’s important to inform students about what classes are available, so students can be more aware of the variety of classes they can take instead of general education.

  1. Advisors are crucial to their success

Students should know that advisors can be an essential key to their success. In high school, they have advisors that help prepare them for college life. In college, college advisors can prep them for college and the real world.

  1. They can make friends and meet peers during orientation

During orientation, you can help encourage students to take advantage of the opportunity to make friends with peers. Everyone will be excited and anxious, so it’s an excellent chance to encourage them to talk to new people and make friends. By the end of orientation, they should have a few people with whom they are familiar on campus.

  1. There are key hangout spots and businesses on campus

Some college campuses have shops, restaurants, and places where students can hang out with fellow peers. Orientation is an excellent time for students to learn all the popular hangout spots and to learn what’s available. Students will also be able to learn about valuable businesses on campus that are unique to their college.

  1. They have freedom

Instead of their parents, students will learn that they have complete control of their own schedule. It’s crucial to inform them during orientation that they are now wholly responsible for their own academics. They’ll be able to edit their schedule and classes to their liking. Aside from that, they’ll also be able to change a schedule around a job or free time.

Possible Orientation Activities

Here are some possible orientation activities that you may want to run for in-person classes:

  • Scavenger hunts
  • Sports activities
  • Tour guides
  • Promote the school spirit
  • Get a trend going
  • Ice-breaking sessions

Here are some possible orientation activities that you may want to run for online classes:

  • Watch informative videos
  • Chat with faculty and students
  • Learn to navigate learning management systems
  • Tutorials 
  • Learn to build and adjust your schedule 

Questions Often Asked at College Orientation

College orientation is one of the only times students will be able to get straightforward answers due to most faculty gathering together in one place. Encourage students to take advantage of this and offer them information about campus life. Even if it’s the most minute information, any little information about campus life can transform their experience.

Students Often Ask…

Be prepared to answer some of these commonly asked questions:

  • How do I pay my tuition?
  • Are there any abroad programs?
  • How do I access and change my campus email?
  • How do I change my major?
  • How can I get into an honors program?
  • How do I contact my advisor?
  • What clubs are there?
  • Do students get health insurance?
  • Are there any meal plans?
  • Can I change roommates?
  • Are there any scholarships?
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