Orientation Advising Interest Group

This interest group was developed for advisors who play a primary role in planning, developing, and implementing new student orientation.  Our focus will be the specific student transition processes and critical nature of advising during the orientation experience.  In many ways, a first advising encounter at an Orientation event is the sole opportunity to set expectations for the future advising relationship, establish a connection and rapport with students, and explain the value of advising-specific resources available to facilitate student success.  In most cases the advising relationship begins at orientation, which makes it a critical piece of the student experience.

Mission & Vision

The Orientation Advising Interest Group promotes advising best practices in establishing the campus advising relationship and expectations to assist students with clarifying academic goal setting during an institution of higher education’s formal orientation program.  Promoting completion of academic goals includes encouraging interaction of students with professionals across campus, incorporating use of technology in orientation, working with families and the student’s support system, working with special populations of students, and balancing prescriptive and developmental advising at orientation with scheduling classes/registration.

Brown Bag Online Meeting

On August 11, 2017, our group had a Brown Bag Online Meeting all about advising at orientation. Five presenters provided an overview of orientation advising activities on their respective campuses and conducted some Q&A.  


Current Chair

Jaime Oliver
University of Maryland-College Park