New student orientation is an essential step in acclimating learners to the community college environment. Many institutions are using a combination of in-personal and online orientation tools and activities on a wide range of topics to help students feel welcome, become familiar with campus resources, and be successful in college.
This page features examples of orientation resources for you to explore. It will continue to expand as best practices are identified and shared. To submit a resource for consideration, please use the Best Practices Exchange submission form.
The content below is organized into four categories that can be accessed quickly by clicking the category title.
- Examples from North Carolina
- Examples from Other States
- Reports, Articles and Related Resources
- Professional Organizations
Cape Fear Community College's online orientation that features three main modules: Advising and Registration, Paying for College, and Services to Students. A Quick Facts brochure is also available, highlighting five keys for success and the building and room numbers of specific offices that provide student services. http://cfcc.edu/orientation/
Community College provides both in-person and online orientation
options. The online edition is divided into three sections, featuring information
on the transition to college, choosing an academic and career path, and
getting to know people and resources:
Durham Technical Community College offers multiple in-person orientation sessions and online answers to frequently asked questions: http://www.durhamtech.edu/html/current/orientation.htm
Community College requires new students to participate in its Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program. It includes both online and face-to-face sessions.
Haywood Community College offers an online slide show to orient students: http://www.haywood.edu/orientation
Rockingham Community College provides orientation content in its New Student Orientation Guide: http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/docs/Orientation_Guide_2006-2007.pdf
Southwestern Community College offers a comprehensive online orientation divided into eight major topics. Each section concludes with a short quiz to check for understanding. Students must login upon completion of orientation content to receive credit for completion: http://www.southwesterncc.edu/online-orientation/index.htm
College offers a Virtual Orientation to supplement its onsite orientation.
This well-organized tool highlights key information, in brief content segments.
The ten sections can be viewed in any sequence; noted topics include “college
lingo” and information for parents.
College’s Online Orientation highlights special features such as
the “Student Success Backpack,” a compilation of personal, academic, and
career resources for student use:
Harper College offers a media-rich online orientation that is user-friendly and concise: http://www.harpercollege.edu/services/newstu/orientation/advising1.htm
Long Beach Community College offers a well-organized online orientation featuring six modules on essential topics for new students. A quiz is available to check students’ knowledge and verify they’ve completed the modules: http://orientation.lbcc.edu/
Los Medanos College, an institution of the Contra Costa Community College District in California, offers a New Student Orientation Workbook; a thorough, user-friendly document for students: http://www.losmedanos.edu/studenthandbook/
Mohawk College provides a comprehensive guidebook to orientation, as well as incorporating "Weeks of Welcome" into the orientation process: http://www.mohawkcollege.ca/Assets/StudentLife/Orientation/Fall+2011/Welcome+Guide+2011.pdf
Phoenix College provides a six-section orientation in an online format for new students, parents and returning students. Information is presented sequentially and students complete an evaluation of the orientation content upon conclusion. Notable features include a glossary of college terms, a time management checklist template, and guidelines for course loads for working students: http://www.pc.maricopa.edu/orientation/index.htm
Tacoma Community College offers multiple “live” sessions for orientation as a companion to its step-by-step online content that guides new students through important first steps based on their individual situation: http://www.tacomacc.edu/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6/File/newstudentorientation/NSO1Intro/index.html
- Student focus group comments on orientation from the North Carolina Community College System’s Student Leadership Institute, November 2006.
- A Report to Mohawk College’s (Canada) Academic Team on
the initiative “College Wide Focus on Orientation” and
the related Student Success Action Plan for 2005-06 by the Academic Orientation
Working Group. Contains both student and faculty feedback as well as action
items and recommended components of academic orientation:
the “Social Networking” Generation: How to Talk to Today’s College-Bound
Juniors and Seniors is a report on the study “E-Expectations:
Class of 2007.” The report highlights the types of tools students expect
colleges to use to communicate with them:
- Strategies from the “Achieving the Dream” initiative, including resources on student success courses and improving students’ first-year experience: http://www.achievingthedream.org
- Strategies for Success: Promising Practices from the 2004 Winners of the MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award – highlighting practices and strategies in recruitment and outreach; developmental education, and student support services: http://www.jff.org/sites/default/files/StratSuccML2004.pdf
- Comments from the Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and the First-Year Experience 2006 National Convention on Best Practices in Orientation, featuring a host of ideas from across the country: http://www.myacpa.org/comm/aofye/resources/ACPA%20orientation%20roundtable.doc
- American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
- American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
- National ACademic ADvising Association (NACADA)
- National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
- Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
- National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
- National Council on Student Development (NCSD)
- National Career Development Association (NCDA)
Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition