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The Personal Connection: How To Create, Maintain & Expand An Extended Orientation Program

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The Personal Connection: How To Create, Maintain & Expand An Extended Orientation Program


Institutions across the country are exploring ways to connect personally with new students in a way that will increase understanding of the institution’s values, transition available resources, and develop true commitment to the academic experience. It marks an incredibly important attempt to positively impact retention and ease students’ transition. One type of programming in particular is gaining popularity and results in these areas—the Extended Orientation.

Extended Orientation is defined as programming and services that supplement traditional new student orientations, providing an extension to the orientation and transition process. These are any programs outside of the traditional new student orientation including, but not limited to, spirit/tradition camps, outdoor orientations, and experiential orientation programs. This webinar will focus on the Extended Orientation initiatives at several different institutions. Participants will be able to identify key stakeholders for helping to establish, maintain, and expand their programs. We will also discuss how unique themes such as outdoor adventure are being used to excite and capture students.


  • Learn how and why several institutions started Extended Orientation spirit camps
  • Discuss themes of retention and student transition and how a better understanding of and connection to the institution’s values can affect success rates in these areas
  • Determine which departments on campus are key stakeholders for establishing, maintaining, and expanding Extended Orientation programs
  • Discover how an existing Extended Orientation program successfully expanded to include an outdoor adventure component

Who Should Attend?

  • 2-year & 4-year institutions
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Orientation Directors
  • Admissions
  • Enrollment Services
  • Recruiters
  • Residence Life
  • Retention Specialist
  • Student Life
  • First Year Experience Coordinators