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Making The Most of College Orientation

Last updated April 15, 2024

College orientation provides the time and space for new students to learn important information about classes and student life (clubs, groups, and events), explore campus, and make new friends. While orientation can be intimidating, it is an exciting moment that helps you transition smoothly into life at your new school. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your college orientation!

Register early

You will receive emails from your school when it’s time to register for orientation. Be sure to follow any instructions listed in emails so you have all the information you need and are ready to attend. If you’re going to a big school, you might be able to choose your orientation date rather than having one assigned to you. If you’re able, we recommend registering for an earlier orientation date to explore your new campus, learn about being a student, and feel more confident about starting your college journey sooner!

Don't be afraid to ask questions

No one goes into college having all the answers! Orientation is a great time to ask questions you may have about attending your new school. Your orientation leaders will most likely be current students, so don’t be afraid to ask them questions about their experience in college.

Additionally, during orientation, representatives from student groups and clubs usually set up tables to recruit new students and share more about what they do. These are also people who are happy to answer any of your questions and help you feel more grounded at your new school!

Some possible questions to ask current students:

  • Where are the best study spots on campus?
  • Where should I buy textbooks?
  • Who can I talk to if I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed?
  • Can I add or drop classes after I’ve registered?
  • What’s the best way to meet new people and make friends?
  • What are some of the best classes offered at this school?
  • What’s student life like at this school?

It might feel intimidating to speak up and ask a question, but it could save you some time and hassle down the road. If you don’t ask, you don’t know!

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Take advantage of social events

Try your best to attend social events if they’re offered during orientation. The purpose of these events is to help you meet people and learn more about student life at your school. If you’re feeling nervous about connecting with people, remember that many of your peers are experiencing similar feelings. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!

Explore campus and its surrounding community

Have some down time between events at orientation? This is a great time to explore the neighborhood around campus! Grab a new friend and explore the best coffee shops, places to eat, and grocery stores in your neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to get to know your new community a bit better so it starts to feel like home.

Be yourself!

It’s okay to feel anxious about attending orientation, but remember that you aren’t alone! College is the first time many students are on their own for the first time, so many of your peers will most likely be feeling the same way as you. Be gentle and patient with yourself and remember that you can and will make community at your new school with time. Just be yourself!

Have a question about college orientation? Text #College to 33-55-77 to chat with one of our advisors. If you're using a mobile device, click here to have the text message set up for you!

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