New Student Orientation

Prepare for College Life

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The transition to college life is a big adjustment. Orientation is an opportunity for you and your family to learn about educational opportunities and responsibilities and get to know the people and services that you can count on for support. 

During orientation, we’ll introduce you to the academic and co-curricular services and programs vital to your successful transition to the Urbana community. By exposing you and your family to the key services and opportunities, we enable you to make well-informed choices and decisions.

Orientation is a collaborative approach led by Student Affairs that is intended to provide you and your family with a structured and holistic introduction to the collegiate environment.

What do you do at orientation?

Sessions for Students

Planning for Academic Success (by college)

  • Introduction to college programs, how to create a schedule, introduction to course registration, academic advising process

Welcome to College!

  • In and out-of-class expectations — self-reliance, responsibility for your own learning, etc.

U-Team Meetings

  • Meet & Greet games led by U-Team leaders
  • Q&A with U-Team leader, providing perspective/lessons on navigating life at Urbana University
  • With schedule, a tour of classroom buildings to give an idea of where classes will be held

Sessions for Parents/Families

Partners in Transition

  • Ways to support your student through graduation at Urbana University

Safe & Healthy Campus Environment

  • Q&A with Counseling, Campus Safety, Student Health and Campus Life

Academic Success Planning

  • College deans highlight the courses available to students and learning outcomes of chosen programs.
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