First Year Orientation

First-Year Student Orientation, often referred to as Orientation and Registration, is the mandatory process in the USA that all incoming freshman students go through before being able to register or attend classes in the fall. This process is usually required of transfer students as well. Often orientation consists of familiarizing the new students to the campus and the resources it provides. At many schools it takes place during the summer months or the week or two before classes begin.

Some institutions have an elaborate orientation schedule, including informational sessions, tours, skits, meals, and dances. An abundance of activities are provided in most cases.