Student orientation is the period prior to the start of the academic year at a college or university where a variety of events are held to welcome and acclimate new students. Although it is generally thought of as a week, the length of this period can vary widely between institutions, ranging from two days to over a month. During this period, students also participate in social events. At many institutions, incoming freshmen are encouraged to perform activities such as singing traditional college songs, playing icebreaker games and participating in group physical activity.
These activities are planned to help freshmen make friends at their new institutions, as well as to bond with one another and older students. Student orientation gives new students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their institution’s services and supports.