New Student Experience



Holloway Hall

Mission and Goals

Philosophy Statement

The purpose of the New Student Experience program is to assist students' adjustment to the academic, social and physical environment of the University. Successful adjustment is the key to retention and a fulfilling, productive university experience.Sammy Sea Gull with students

  • To assist students in understanding the purpose of higher education and determining their own educational goals
  • To promote for first-year students a positive adjustment and assimilation into the University
  • To create an atmosphere which minimizes anxiety, promotes positive attitudes, and stimulates an excitement for learning
  • Improving Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention Rates

Major Components

  • Preview (Summer and Winter Advising and Registration)
  • Outdoor Programs
  • Powerful Connections
  • New Student Orientation
  • Convocation
  • Welcome Week
  • Family Weekend

Expected Outcomes

At the end of their freshman year Salisbury University students will:

  • Have made a positive transition to college life
  • Have met with their academic advisor at least twice
  • Better understand the campus environment and location of facilities
  • Have an awareness of University resources available
  • Will be more comfortable approaching faculty and staff

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