Orientation: The what, where, when and why

What is Orientation?

It’s excitement time.

Orientation is your first chance to experience uni life and what it’s like to be a student at UON. You can interact and network with other students, both new and continuing, and learn about all the experiences and opportunities on offer at the University of Newcastle.

During Orientation you will get to meet the staff helping you on your journey, learn the layout of your campus, and have a fair amount of fun while you’re at it.

On top of the sessions intended to help you get your footing at university, there’ll be a wide array of events happening on campus across the week where you can get involved, maybe join a club or two, and see the skills and talents of your fellow students.

Where is Orientation?

For students studying at either Callaghan campus or the Newcastle City Precinct, the campus you attend for your Orientation sessions will depend on your program. Check here for information on where your Orientation will be held. If you are studying your program at either Ourimbah or Port Macquarie your Orientation will be held there.

Armed with this knowledge, you can also check the specific rooms or locations where you’ll be having your sessions here.

When is Orientation?

The Orientation Day schedule generally involves:

  • Student registration
  • Welcome session
  • Morning tea
  • Program information session
  • BBQ lunch and entertainment
  • Campus tours on demand
  • Workshops – where you can learn strategies for lecture success such as notetaking, effective reading, and time management.

You can find all the information you need about orientation on the UON website.

Why should I attend Orientation?

According to Academic Registrar Gail White, “students who come to Orientation are more likely to succeed at university.”

Attending Orientation gives you the opportunity to meet staff and students who will be taking your university journey with you. In fact, you’ll meet lots of other students studying the same degree as you. There will be a number of workshops on offer to help you develop your academic skills and make you familiar with UON’s online systems. And by familiarising yourself with your campus during Orientation you’re less likely to get lost and will feel more confident when classes start.

So come along and make sure you get the best start possible to your study!