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Research Note | Six Key Insights on New Student Orientation Programs

New student orientation programs play a vital role in the transition to college. Orientation offers incoming students an opportunity to become familiar with the university, register for classes, and meet new people. New student orientation sessions allow incoming students to learn about the expectations of the university and campus resources. This research note explores the new student orientation experience, focusing on participant satisfaction with the orientation session and the degree to which participants indicated they learned from the orientation session across a variety of areas. The findings, summarized as six key insights, are drawn from over 2,000 responses to the NODA/Benchworks Orientation Student Assessment. All respondents were incoming students who participated in a new student orientation session during summer 2019.

The content of this research note is organized around survey factors. Factors are a set of scaled survey questions that measure a broader construct. Respondents used seven-point Likert scales, ranging from 1 – Not at all to 7 – Extremely. Unless otherwise indicated, the visuals in this research note group scaled survey responses into three categories:

  • Respondents who selected 1 or 2, labeled as Not at All
  • Respondents who selected 3, 4, or 5, labeled as Moderately
  • Respondents who selected 6 or 7, labeled as Extremely