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What happens during freshman orientation?

Topic: Parents | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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It is different at each school. Some are time intensive. Others are short. Most involve a student gathering and information given. Others are just a social gathering. Talk to an administrator for details.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | about 4 years ago
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The answer to this question really depends on what University you attend. At my school, the parents and students were split apart right away. Parents were given a tour, and were told different ways that they could help their child succeed. Students were also shown the campus, and were introduced to all of the different organizations on campus. Orientation is a great way to learn about the campus, meet new friends, and get a lot of free food!

Answered by: Em Ugrad08 P. | about 4 years ago
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Freshman orientation is a great way to get to know the campus before class actually starts. The student gets a tour of the buildings where classes will be held. There usually is a presentation of some sort that will speak about the new responsibilities a student will have when they start. The basic do's and don't are presented as well. Dinning halls are introduced by giving meals for the student for that day. You also meet other students who may be in your program.

Answered by: Anonymous I. | about 4 years ago
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Freshman orientation is different at every campus. Generally it will include things like lectures about what to expect at college and where to go when classes begin. They usually go over dorm room and other campus rules, as well. They might introduce to your dorm room mate and probably have you sit down with an academic adviser to discuss where you are at and where you want to go with your education. Placement tests are to be expected as well.

Answered by: Tiera A. | about 4 years ago
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During freshman orientation, the students are given an introduction to life on campus. They typically go on tours of the campus and surrounding area, get to know important things on campus like the bookstore, library, gym, cafeterias, etc. Some schools give placement exams during orientation. Many schools will have sessions with school counselors available to help students choose their courses for their first semester, as well as plot out what courses they will be taking throughout their college time. There is also a lot of bonding as members of the student body during orientation: students learn the school fight song, school lore, and learn to identify themselves as members of the group.

Answered by: Purplpig L. | about 4 years ago
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During freshman orientation, you will get a tour of the whole campus. You'll get to see the dorms, the classrooms, the dining hall, etc. Student volunteers usually give the tours, so you will have a chance to ask a real current student any questions that you have, and hear their stories about college life. You may even get to chat with professors one on one. There will be admissions representatives available as well to answer questions, and icebreaker activities for the new students to help them get comfortable.

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | about 4 years ago
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Freshman orientation is different for every campus. Some are detailed and include rules, schedules, and events. Others are just a social atmosphere to help include freshman in the campus life style. It usually helps to ask a current student what he went through. Also, talk to administrators and admissions offices. Good Luck.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on the school. Many schools have games for the students to do. This helps them meet a couple people before officially being on campus. They also sometimes use this time to help students register for classes. This almost always involves a tour of campus. Any questions students have are answered. This is mainly used to get students comfortable on campus.

Answered by: Allgrw P. | about 4 years ago
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First you will be given a general tour of the campus often by a student who is working for the campus as either an RA or an OA. You will be shown the general buildings and some of the dorms in which students live. You are often then placed in a classroom setting so you get an idea of what it is like o be in a college class. They then show the food centers on campus and often have the freshman as a group eat together. The they will wrap up the day by letting you go around the campus freely while setting up activities in different spots for students to get to know each other.

Answered by: College Student123 T. | about 4 years ago
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While it is different for each school, freshman orientation usually involves a tour of the campus, placement tests, financial aid information and peers and advisors to talk with about various issues that will occur to typical freshmen. It is basically an overview to introduce what the freshmen should expect during his first year. This is also a time for the family members of the student to see what his environment will be like for his first year of secondary education.

Answered by: Jenny P P. | about 4 years ago
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While the specifics of freshman orientation differ from school to school, most orientation sessions are built to acquaint the new student with his or her's surroundings. Students are often placed in small groups, and may participate in situations built to introduce students to their future classmates. From building tours to social activities, orientation is one of the first opportunities a student has to discover his or her new school.

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | about 4 years ago
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During freshman orientation, you get lead around school and introduced around campus. You get to meet other freshman and important people in the student body. You also get to try school food and learn about all the academic rules and such.

Answered by: Mrs Potts B. | about 4 years ago
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You will probably have to check in when you first arrive, then there will typically be a general meeting where you are welcomed to campus. A campus tour is typically involved and a lunch. Many campuses will have you gather in groups of new freshman so you have an opportunity to meet other new freshman. There are usually a few other meetings where you will learn about choosing a major, campus life, clubs and other social programs, financial survival, etc.

Answered by: Staceylou M. | about 4 years ago
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You will learn everything that is necessary for freshmen to know. Anything from the way classes operate to the variety of services that your campus offers. This is a great resource for students and it is highly recommended that you attend.

Answered by: Comadore W. | about 4 years ago
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Freshman orientation is a time for students to see the campus and hear about the campus. You go to orientation, tour the school, and listen to speakers. Some schools also include student activities.

Answered by: Tbowser Y. | about 4 years ago
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This can depend on the school. They may have you come to one, they may do it online it all depends. It could be one on one and it could be with a big group. Either way bring a notebook and ask as many questions as you can. Sometimes classes are setup at this time so the eariler you go and have an orientation the better. Be sure to ask many questions it is your college career you should know what is happening? :)

Answered by: Momtrying2makeit Z. | about 4 years ago
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I just went through my orientation a few weeks ago. At mine we did quite a few things. We got our campus I.D. card pictures taken and the next day we got our cards and the option to buy a lanyard too. We registered for our classes the upcoming year, which meant we met with our adviser, who is someone who will work with a group of people in my major whenever we chose classes and we can look to him if we need help. I got to meet with both upperclassmen and faculty members that I'd be having in class the next year. Orientation is a great time, or at least it was at my school.

Answered by: A Pri L May J00n U. | about 4 years ago
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Freshman orientation is a fun and exciting time! You'll get to meet new people and get started for school! It's when you finally get to settle on campus.

Answered by: Apple Tarte X. | about 4 years ago
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During freshman orientation you learn a lot more about the university you're attending. You also learn more about the college you're placed in, such as the college of engineering, or college of science. This is also the time for you to register for classes for fall semester. There will be many student helpers and advisors to help you during this. This is the time for you to get any unanswered questions answered.

Answered by: Lanig91 B. | about 4 years ago
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The basic freshman orientation is an introduction to the school. They introduce you to the key people from the "office" staff that you will most likely go to, like the records person, the person you will pay for tuition, the counselors and if you're lucky the Dean (he's like the principal). Next, they will take you on a tour that will include the building where all the administrative things happen, the library, the campus bookstore and most importantly the cafeteria. Next, they may divide you up into smaller groups depending on your majors and take you to the buildings where your classes will mostly be held. They may take you on a tour of a dormatory and other special places on campus. Just think of it as a chance for the university to make a "first impression" on you.

Answered by: L Platter F. | about 4 years ago
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It all depends on the college that you are attending. Many colleges allow you to take tours of the school, showing you mainly where the most important things are, such as dorms and offices. You might be issued an id card as well, in which you will have your picture taken. Some colleges offer lunch or dinner, games, and of course tons of information. You'll meet a lot of peers so its a good time to make friends. Remember, everyone is new so everyone is nervous.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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Usually, you will break up into groups, sometimes according to major, and tour the campus. You will also sometimes have time to schedule your classes for your first semester. There will usually be a fair where all the sororities and clubs and stuff try to attract you to join them. Then you will have dinner and go home!

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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Freshman orientation is kind of lame. A lot of students don't show up to it. It's really optional because all they do is take you around campus. If you're already familiar with the school and all the rules and programs, you really don't need to go to freshman orientation at all.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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It shows what programs the school has to offer. You will also get to meet new students who you may or may not know. It isn't something you need to go to but it's an interesting thing to visit.

Answered by: Greg I. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on the school. Most times you take a tour and hear a lot of different people talk. I know at mine we picked out our schedules.

Answered by: Three K. | about 4 years ago
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It all depends on the college that you are attending. Many colleges allow you to take tours of the school, showing you mainly where the most important things are, such as dorms and offices. You might be issued an id card as well, in which you will have your picture taken. Some colleges offer lunch or dinner, games, and of course tons of information. You'll meet a lot of peers so its a good time to make friends. Remember, everyone is new so everyone is nervous.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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Usually, you will break up into groups, sometimes according to major, and tour the campus. You will also sometimes have time to schedule your classes for your first semester. There will usually be a fair where all the sororities and clubs and stuff try to attract you to join them. Then you will have dinner and go home!

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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Freshman orientation is kind of lame. A lot of students don't show up to it. It's really optional because all they do is take you around campus. If you're already familiar with the school and all the rules and programs, you really don't need to go to freshman orientation at all.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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It shows what programs the school has to offer. You will also get to meet new students who you may or may not know. It isn't something you need to go to but it's an interesting thing to visit.

Answered by: Greg I. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on the school. Most times you take a tour and hear a lot of different people talk. I know at mine we picked out our schedules.

Answered by: Three K. | about 4 years ago
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Students are taken on tours of the campus and shown where various student areas are located. Advisors help students understand required classes and help with scheduling. Rules are explained in detail and sometimes various club opportunites are presented to help students become involved in campus life.

Answered by: Indy Disney Fan F. | about 4 years ago
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Freshman orientation is when upperclassmen show the incoming class around campus. You usually are divided into groups and are lead by a couple of orientation leaders. They will take you around campus and familiarize you with the buildings. You also play a lot of icebreaker games to get to know other people.

Answered by: Nycpigeons Q. | about 4 years ago
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Freshman orientation focuses mainly around activities that are meant to help the students be more comfortable with their new classmates, and with their environment. You'll probably be given a tour of the school, and have to attend a meeting where someone reviews the student handbook so that you understand the rules of the campus. Some schools also include games and activities in the hope of encouraging the formation of friendships within the incoming class.

Answered by: Aral W. | about 4 years ago
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