Yikes…New College Student Orientation
College Admissions – It’s Official – So What’s Next?
You just received your official admissions notification. You’re in…what a relief!
At first, you’re overwhelmed with joy.
Then you check out the financial aid package…
Well, it could be worse. However, it is the #1 school on your priority list.
You still have time to explore other options to make up the difference between the cost of education and your financial aid package.
At least you received enough student financial aid to cover the full cost of tuition+ fees plus 50% of your room and board charges.
You’re relieved and a little anxious at the same time.
Also included in your notification are links to the New Student Assessment and the New Student Orientation programs.
Both are mandatory and require your immediate attention.
At most colleges and universities, new students must complete math and writing/English assessments prior to attending a New Student Orientation session.
That policy may differ from campus to campus.
Once you submit your enrollment deposit, then you’ll be able to access appointment information about your campus’ New Student Assessment and Orientation programs.
You’ll have to sign up online using your student I.D. # provided in your official acceptance notification from the college.
New Student Orientation Benefits
Attending your college’s New Student Orientation programs provides you with a whole host of benefits, choices, options, and opportunities to plan your college success strategy.
The primary goal of New Student Orientation is to make sure you have all the information you need to facilitate your adjustment to your new environment as smoothly as possible.
During the course of New Student Orientation, you’ll receive a huge amount of new information.
Listen carefully, be proactive, and, most of all, ask plenty of questions.
New Student Orientation sessions can last anywhere from 1 to 5 days, depending on your particular college campus.
Here are just some of the benefits you’ll receive from attending New Student Orientation:
- Hear all about your campus community, its resources, student activities and student academic support services.
- Get your official campus student I.D. card.
- Discuss academic and career goals.
- Explore academic offerings and programs.
- Meet and discuss course selection/schedule with your academic adviser.
- Learn about your overall graduation requirements as well as those in your specific major.
- Learn how to manage your academic progress tool – the Degree Audit.
- Officially register for your semester classes.
Attending new student orientation can be a fun time as well as a very informative learning experience.
5 Key Tools for Academic Success
And while you’re having that good time, be on the lookout for specific academic policy presentations that address “academic” options you can use to plan your academic success.
For example, every campus has, at least, 5 key academic policy tools new students need to know and use when necessary.
If you find yourself facing an academic challenge, using the appropriate policy tool can be an absolute lifesaver!
Although these policies are listed in your college student handbook, your academic adviser is the best interpreter of those policies!
They know the strategies required to effectively use them in meeting academic challenges you may encounter along the way.
So get to know your academic adviser. No personal chemistry…you can always make a change. And visit them regularly.
What’s most important is that you have access to the information you need to manage your academic life as you move forward to earning your college degree!
Now to Recap…
Take your math and writing/English assessments prior to attending a new student orientation session.
Make sure you attend an early new student orientation session so you can take advantage of course offerings and time availability.
Most campuses offer New Student Orientation sessions at strategic times throughout the summer.
Check your college’s orientation schedule for details and updates before finalizing any summer vacation and/or work schedule plans.
And remember, your academic adviser is your primary information guru if you run into any unintended academic and/or personal challenges during the upcoming semester.
Congratulations and Best of Luck!
Have a great academic year!
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A Word to the Wise...
Whenever a college student faces an academic and/or social challenge, they often ask a peer or a friend first for advice. And that’s okay.
However, resolving the issue to your best advantage often requires consulting with an academic advising professional as well.
Your academic adviser knows the campus academically, administratively, and socially.
And what they don’t know, they can point you to the person who does know. Include this strategy in your current plan for college success.
Disclaimer Reminder: A college student's first line of inquiry should always be with their campus academic adviser. College Success Life Coaching Advising Sessions provide additional problem-solving options to undergraduate and graduate students for further exploration on their individual campuses. Students should always consult their assigned adviser not only during the course selection process but periodically to keep apprised of programmatic changes, testing requirements, course additions/deletions, GPA modifications, etc.
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