About College Orientation

by Jaynab Akhtar, JIF’ 17

Orientation programs for colleges may last more than one day, and are a great way for you to get further acclimatized with the environment and campus of the college you will be attending in the fall. Most institutions (such as the University of Michigan) have several dates for orientation to choose from, and each program runs for about three days. Students have the option to stay overnight in a dorm (which is a great way to meet new people and get a feel for the residence halls before the semester begins), and meet with their academic advisors for the first time. Orientation will most probably be where you get to discuss the major you are interested in, required courses, and your schedule with your advisor, and will sign up for your classes. Placement exams are also administered during this time, although some schools may require you to take them online at your own time prior to attending the program. Check in with your college to find out its individual requirements. 
Orientation serves as a sort of overture or introduction to your college or university before you officially attend in the fall. It may be an exciting and nerve wracking time, but use it to your advantage! Ask those questions you might have about residence halls, dining halls, campus activities, and anything else you'll need to know before you move in. And this may be an oft-heard piece of advice, but have fun! You'll be spending the next four years here, and orientation will be a good way to test the waters of your new environment. 

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