New Student Experience

New Student Experience

New Student Orientation at Valencia

New Student Orientation

All new, degree-seeking students are required to participate in an orientation session before registering for their first term. New Student Orientation for degree-seeking students includes:

  • Information on education planning
  • Introduction to College resources including LifeMap tools
  • Academic advising for first term
  • Registration for first term

Transfer Student Orientation

All degree-seeking students transferring to Valencia from another institution are required to participate in an orientation session before registering for their first Valencia term. Transfer students complete an information orientation online before signing up for an in-person advising session.  Students will receive an unofficial review of their transcripts and can develop an education plan to complete their degree at Valencia. 

Advancing the Redesign of New Student Orientation

Due to a changing state environment (including the implementation of new Developmental Education processes in Fall 2014 and new General Education requirements in Fall 2015), we began the redesign of NSO in Fall 2014.  A part-time NSO Director is leading a group of faculty and staff in redesigning the curriculum for the first-time-in-college orientation and producing multimedia materials to support the redesigned curriculum.  We will pilot the new program in summer 2015.

The curriculum will include:

  • Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) that align with other student learning outcomes of the New Student Experience, including the New Student Experience Course and the Transition Orientation.
  • A redesigned New Student Orientation which includes learning experiences that teach the SLOs and align with other learning experiences in the New Student Experience.
  • Creation of NSO Multi-Media Materials designed to facilitate successful student transition to college.
  • Implementation of a Learning Assessment Plan that assesses student learning in New Student Orientation