College Orientation: It’s important to ask questions

INDIANA – Summer break gives teens an opportunity to rest, go on vacation, spend time with family and friends and earn extra money. But for soon-to-be college freshmen, it’s also a time to start thinking about moving onto campus in the fall. Many colleges and universities host orientation to introduce incoming students to campus life and traditions.

Orientation – which can last anywhere from one day to a week – occurs over the summer and often right before the start of classes.

Whether your teen is attending orientation or even taking a college tour as a prospective student, it’s important to ask questions. Talk with orientation leaders, current students, and staff members to learn about campus safety, career services, first-year experiences, academic resources, and available student organizations.

Consider some of the following questions:

  • What kind of security methods are in place for entering residence halls and other sensitive areas?
  • How does the school communicate with students in an emergency?
  • How might the career services office help a freshman as compared with a senior?
  • What is the student-to-adviser ratio?
  • What first-year experiences are available on campus?
  • What health insurance or health discount programs does the school’s health center accept?
  • How can I drop or add a class?
  • What are my financial aid and tuition payment options?
  • Are all dining options covered in the campus cafeteria?
  • What are the latest COVID-19 protocols?