What to Expect at Orientation

Attending orientation is critical to preparing for college. Orientation programs are created in order to help students understand what their college experience will be like. Depending on the school you choose, your orientation could be one or two days, and will be full of information that you need to adjust to your new life as a college student.

Many schools require you to register for orientation before attending. You can often do so online. It’s best to register for orientation as soon as you possibly can so that you can put it on the schedule for you and your family. That’s right — your family, too! It’s beneficial for you to bring your parents or guardians to orientation, so they can know about your life at college. If your parents or guardians can’t make it, don’t be discouraged. You will soon be responsible for knowing the ins and outs of your new school all by yourself, and this is a great, safe way to get to know the campus and cross tasks off your to-do list before school starts.

At orientation you could participate in activities such as:

  • Registering for classes
  • Activating your student ID
  • Learning your way around campus
  • Meeting other students in your
    residence hall
  • Hearing from experienced students
  • Taking placement exams for
    math and science classes
  • Turning in immunization records
  • Visiting the university bookstore
    and buy textbooks
  • Meeting your academic advisor
  • Discussing financial aid
  • Receiving your student handbook