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Orientation sets students on the right path to university life and study


Sharlene King
10 February 2015

Orientation kicks off at Southern Cross University this week, February 11 to 13, with activities designed to familiarise new students with the University’s courses, lecturers, services and facilities. But it’s not all academic, with plenty of time to socialise and meet new friends.

Orientation is held in the week before Session 1 starts (from February 16), with thousands of new and returning students enrolled to study at the Coffs Harbour, Lismore and the Gold Coast campuses and via distance education.

Whether studying on-campus, online or as an international student, Orientation is designed to provide essential tools to set students up to be able to succeed in their studies.

Course information sessions offered during Orientation are essential for new students, who are encouraged to attend face-to-face or online academic workshops to find out what will be expected of them in the years ahead. There are also specialised workshops on information technology, using the library and referencing.

Another Orientation initiative, the School Host Program, sees students from the University’s academic schools and colleges meet and greet first year students from the same course.

“The School Host Program personalises the Orientation experience at SCU and introduces commencing students to 2nd and 3rd year students who assist them to find out about SCU and its services and facilities on their first day of university,” said Ann-Maree Wilkinson, Orientation co-ordinator.

• Orientation program for Coffs Harbour campus
• Orientation program for Gold Coast campus
• Orientation program for Lismore campus
• Orientation program for Distance Education and online learning

Southern Cross University is offering new courses in 2015, starting session 1:
Bachelor of Regional and Urban Planning (Honours)
Bachelor of Contemporary Studies at SCU College

Photo: SCU School Hosts ready to meet and greet first year students.