Orientation preparations underway for arrival of our newest students!
Student Programs & Leadership Development is gearing up for the Class of 2017 Orientation as more than 100 upper class students prepare for the arrival of our newest students! Close to 1,000 parents/guardians and over 900 students will be visiting campus for one of two sessions: June18-19 or June 24-25.
Kamala Kiem, director of Student Program & Leadership Development, explains the goal is, “To Connect our incoming students with each other, upper class students, faculty and staff, and Inspire them for excellence so that they can Thrive at Fairfield University.”
This model is geared to ensure new students have an excellent experience at Orientation that will leave them both excited and prepared to begin their first year at Fairfield University. “Surveys show that 99% of students who come to our June Orientation arrive in the fall, and 93% (based on 33% response rate) share that because of Orientation, I feel more confident in my decision to attend Fairfield University,” reports Kiem.
During Orientation students will:
- Experience a community-building experience in groups of 10-15 led by a New Student Leader who serves as a mentor, advisor, acquaintance, facilitator, and resource
- Create an academic plan for their first year and register for courses
- Develop a community with the other first-year students who will be in their First Year Experience seminar group
- Gain a head start on a successful, enjoyable college experience, making the transition in September easier
- Meet faculty and staff members and learn more about the expectations of the faculty-student relationship
- Stay overnight in the residence halls
- Have fun, especially at late-night events like Fairfield Quest, Travelin Max, Dueling Pianos, roasting marshmallows in the quad, etc.
To learn more about Orientation and to watch last year’s Orientation video (based on the Hunger Games), visit www.fairfield.edu/orientation.
Comments from students about last year's Orientation:
“Most people who came to Orientation did not know each other so it was easier to make friends. My leader Laura did an awesome job with ice breakers because after an hour everyone in my group just bonded and stayed together the entire two days. Even though it was hot, I loved walking around campus, and it just reassured me that I made the right decision. What I also loved was all the games that were planned at night for the students. They were a lot of fun!
“Meeting so many wonderful new people was definitely the best part of Orientation, along with the overnight experience - it gave me a real sense of college life.”
“My NSL and OST were both incredible and extremely instrumental in my Orientation experience. It would not have been the same without their continuously upbeat personalities. They always made sure we knew what was going on and were having a good time.”
“The skits really helped me realize what life would be like and to embrace all types of situations I could encounter.”
“The most helpful part was getting to know the school better with the different lectures and being able to ask a student (orientation leader) any questions we had. All the events planned were helpful for understanding what is expected of me my first year and getting insight on everything that I need to know. It was also good to be able to meet people and get comfortable being on campus.”
Comments from parents about last year's Orientation:
“I really came to feel she is going to be in good hands when she arrives in the fall. Through the peer mentor program, learning and living, cornerstone classes, faculty advisor and faculty mentors, Fairfield has great programs and strategies to ease the transition which is huge.”
“I had been concerned that my child was undecided about a major. I learned that she will have a supportive and well thought out process to help her figure it out. The presentation for athletes let us know better what that part of her world will be like, meeting some of the people in that department!”
“The Orientation helps to ease the transition to college for not only the student , but for the parents as well. We feel more connected to the school and to the experiences she will have.”
“My husband, daughter and I spoke informally with commuter students who were so helpful and answered our questions, giving so much of their time. I was very impressed that even though they are commuters, they felt included enough in the University that they would want to contribute to the orientation. It warmed by heart, because my biggest fear in accepting my daughter's decision to commute was that she would feel excluded.”
Pictured is a group of first-year students from last year's Orientation.