SUU First Year Experience and Orientation

Top Reasons To Attend Orientation

So why do you have to attend orientation?  Even if you have taken a campus tour, checked out the SUU website, registered for classes, and already know your academic advisor, there are many reasons why orientation will benefit your success as an SUU student.

Direct benefits to you for attending orientation:

  • Receive academic advice in planning your class schedule
  • Obtain your SUU student ID Card
  • Meet other incoming students and make connections
  • Get to know the campus and the many resources available to you
  • Get your questions and concerns resolved before classes start
  • Meet your academic advisor for a personal advising appointment
  • Learn SUU traditions
  • Sample the food available on campus

Why higher education experts believe you should attend orientation:

  • “The research on orientation clearly indicates that successful orientation programs have a powerful influence on first-year social and academic integration and, furthermore, that social and academic integration have a significant effect on student persistence and educational attainment” (Rode, 2000, p. 3)
  • “Effective [retention] programs commonly stress the manner in which their actions serve to integrate individuals into the mainstream of the social and intellectual life of the institution and into the communities of people which make up that life.  They consciously reach out and make contact with students in order to establish personal bonds among students and between students, faculty, and staff members of the institution” (Tinto, 1990, p. 36)
  • “Involved students are committed to their college and are retained at a significantly higher rate, and a quality orientation program encourages and facilitates these important initial involvement opportunities” (Muldendore, 2010, p. 1)

The bottom line is, we want to do all we can to ensure that you succeed as a student at SUU.  Whether you are a first-year student right out of high school, a transfer student with three years of college experience, an international student from another country, an older student returning from serving a mission, or a local student unsure of their career path, we are dedicated to providing an orientation program that will serve you best.  Let us show you the tools you need for success and what it takes to be a true T-Bird.

Mullendore, R. (2010). Designing quality orientation programs: The first step toward effective student retention. In M. A. Sedotti & M. J. Payne (Ed.) Orientation Planning Manual: 2010 Edition. Minneapolis, MN: National Association of Orientation, Retention, and Transition.

Rode, D. (2000). The role of orientation in institutional retention. In M.J. Fabich (Ed.) Orientation planning manual 2000. Pullman, WA: National Orientation Directors Association.

Tinto, V. (1990). Principles of effective retention. Journal of the Freshman Year Experience, 2(1), 35-48.