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The Importance of Attending Orientation

The stage has been walked, the diploma has been received, the cap has been thrown and you’re currently in the midst of one of the most exciting and life-changing chapters in your young life.

This summer – as a recent high school graduate or a parent of a to-be college freshman – it’s all about preparing for the first year of higher education. This transition emits so much more than just progressing from one education level to the next; it’s the beginning of true self-transformation, independence, adulthood, professionalism and everything that has yet to be discovered and achieved.

While simultaneously exhilarating and overwhelming, the freshman year – and every year after – evolves with more success and confidence when met with extensive preparation. Attending college orientation can mean all the difference between feeling eager and ready and feeling unsure and apprehensive.

Understandably, this is also a big transition time for transfer students. Whether you’ve finished your time at a local community college or just looking for a new college experience, orientation will provide answers to those last questions you may have and give you a sense of belonging at your new home for the next few years.

Are you ready to set your college years up for success?

Why Orientation Matters

Equally as important for both parents and students – including transfer students – college orientation serves as a powerful guide for what’s to come, what to expect and how to make the most of these next four years.

Even if you’re not dying to go or have been on the fence about registering, the value of attending orientation this summer cannot be overstated.

It was found that 87% of first-year students who attended their college orientation:
• Engaged in more academically enriching activities
• Observed the campus environment as more supportive
• Reported greater developmental gains during the first year of college
• Expressed greater satisfaction with the overall college experience

Additionally, attending college orientation is linked to several positive outcomes for first-year and transfer students throughout their entire collegiate career, such as:

• Students who attend their college orientation are more likely to pass their classes and graduate than those who don’t.

• High graduation rates are linked to pre- and first-year college programs, such as summer orientation, that focus on helping incoming students adjust to college life and acculturate to the university.

• Programs that show students what to expect and what success can look and feel like help students bring meaning and find purpose in their educational experiences.

College orientations were also found to have a positive impact on social integration and an individual’s commitment to the university.

What to Expect at TWU’s Orientation

Your on-campus, overnight experience includes academic planning to campus culture, student organizations to staff and faculty introductions, financial aid to parent resources, TWU’s New Student Orientation helps the entire family learn what it’s like to be a Bulldog.

Through the fun and jam-packed overnight schedule, parents and students will:
• Become familiar with the physical campus
• Meet with an advisor to set up the first semester’s schedule
• Get a taste of the activities offered throughout the semester
• Learn from current students
• Have informed conversations about the coming years
• Establish lasting bonds of friendship with other new students (and parents) before the semester even starts
• Much more

Your journey begins here, and we can’t wait to officially welcome you to the TWU family.

*Meals and housing are provided for students.

2018 SUMMER/FALL ORIENTATION DATES
Orientation Check-In will be in the quad

FIRST-TIME STUDENT ORIENTATION
Thurs., July 12, 11:30 a.m. – Fri., July 13, noon
Thurs., Aug. 9, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

FALL ATHLETE NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
Tuesday, July 31, 11:30 a.m. – Wed., Aug. 1, noon
(M/W Soccer, M/W Cross Country, Volleyball only)

TRANSFER STUDENT ORIENTATION DATES
Wed., Aug. 8, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.