First Year Experience

First Year Experience is a program series intended to address the unique needs of First Year Students at Beacon College.  The series is a compelling and interactive time for First Year Students to bond through the shared experience of their first year of college.  Each program, hosted by various professional staff members at Beacon College, will include learning that is informational and experiential and creates a space for First Year Students to:

  • Build connections with one another.
  • Become acclimated to the culture of higher education.
  • Be introduced to programs and services that support their holistic learning and development.
  • Be introduced to ideas and concepts vital to a healthy transition.

All first year students should attend each session within the program series to make the most of their Beacon College experience.

Beacon College Orientation Program

Orientation acts as the official start of First Year Experience. This program is designed to introduce new students to the Beacon College environment and community, guaranteeing that they will adjust quickly to this new setting and be aware of the expectations and services provided by the College. Orientation lasts the first two days after students have arrived on campus. A preliminary schedule is provided to students and their families before arrival at Beacon, and a final schedule is given at check-in.

Plan Ahead
Orientation for new students entering spring 2015 will be held January 5 & 6th. Please note that you will have the opportunity to enroll until January 20th. Students arriving on campus after Orientation will be provided an alternate experience to be introduced to life at Beacon College. More information will be provided at the time of enrollment.

Know What to Expect

Megan Van Lew, First Year Experience Coordinator, has created online pre-orientation sessions designed to alleviate anxiety related to this new and exciting experience that is college! At Beacon, we understand that students, whether they are completely new to college or transferring from another one, want to be prepared for their experience at Beacon. These online sessions are aimed at helping students be as ready as possible for their transition to their new environment. Students are introduced to the concept of First Year Experience, they are provided with an overview of Orientation so they know what to expect when they first arrive on campus, and they are given an opportunity to ask any pressing questions they may have.

Each incoming student is emailed an invitation to attend the pre-orientation sessions. A choice of days and times is typically provided to allow as much flexibility in attendance as possible, and a recording of the sessions is later emailed to all incoming students for future reference.

Review the Schedule
We understand that students want to know what to expect from their Orientation experience, and parents want to know what their travel arrangements should be to accommodate the schedule. For these reasons, we release a tentative schedule as soon as possible. However, students and their families should be aware that adjustments are often necessary and are dependent on the needs of the incoming class. For this reason, the final version of the schedule will be provided at the time of Orientation check-in.

Review the tentative spring 2015 schedule here: Beacon College Spring Orientation Schedule

Connect with Other Students

Join our Google+ community that was created specifically for incoming students. Orientation Leaders regularly monitor and post on the page, so it’s a good place to ask any questions and to meet both current and new students.

After Orientation

Review Photos from Fall 2014 Orientation

Show Your Enthusiasm for College Life

Participate in Our Social Media Orientation Contest

Tell Us About Your Experience

We are always looking to improve the Orientation process for both students and their families. Please take a moment to complete our surveys to let us know what we are doing well and what could be improved for the next Orientation. Those who respond will be entered into a drawing for a gift card.

Student Survey

Parent Survey



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