5 tips for transfer orientation

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As an incoming on-campus transfer student, Ram Orientation is a required step that will take place prior to your first semester. It’s a chance to get familiar with campus and schedule your classes alongside an advisor. But what else should you make a priority during the day?

We asked current transfer students what’s most important to know about orientation. Take a look at their tips below and learn how to use the day to set yourself up for success.

#1: Connect with your advisor.

During your orientation session, you will register for classes alongside an academic advisor. Our current students mentioned that scheduling a 1-on-1 appointment with your advisor is an important step to consider as well.

An advising session allows you to create a a long-term plan for your entire college career. You can discuss past credits earned and create a graduation plan. They will also have an in-depth understanding of electives, minors, and concentrations that you may not know about. When meeting with them, describe your educational goals, but don’t stop there. Tell them about your hobbies or interests, too. You may discover an additional subject to pair with your major.

Most advisors are happy to meet in person or via phone if needed.

#2: Get assistance with important needs.


If you’re planning to live off campus but aren’t set on housing by orientation, this is a great time to meet with our staff in Off-Campus Life. They have a wealth of housing knowledge about the Fort Collins area and can help you search for the right option that fits your budget and needs. You can also set up tours of apartment complexes in the area or schedule viewings of available rentals.

On-campus living, including University apartments, also may be an option, though they fill up quickly in the fall. Get an overview of your off- and on-campus options.

Financial Aid and Employment

If you need help finding employment, improving your resume, or have lingering questions related to financial aid, schedule an appointment on the day of your orientation session. Student Employment Services, the Career Center, and the Office of Financial Aid will be happy to work with you.

Student Parents, Veterans, and Adult Learners

Whether you’re a veteran, student parent, or consider yourself an adult learner, we are committed to helping you succeed at CSU. Consider opting into our Adult Learner and Veteran orientation track. It features a session dedicated to sharing resources for students like you.

One of our current transfer students mentioned that they brought a child to their orientation session and had a positive experience doing so. Although no childcare is provided during your session, you are certainly welcome to bring kiddos along.

#3: Get familiar with spaces by taking your own tour.

After registering for classes with an advisor, grab your schedule and find the buildings and classrooms listed.

If you don’t have your schedule but know your major or undeclared interest area, find the buildings that typically house those subjects and walk through them. You can find out which buildings match up with which subjects by talking with your advisor or Transfer Transition Leader. Doing this will help calm nerves and boost your confidence on the first day of class.

#4: Connect with your classmates.

Our current students all agreed that they felt a much stronger sense of community after attending an on-campus orientation session. They also added that it’s a great way to meet prospective roommates.

Before your orientation date, consider connecting with other transfers on our online admitted student community, the Schools App. You can get to know classmates, coordinate orientation schedules, or schedule meetups.

#5: Stay overnight.

If you’re an out-of-state transfer or would like to spend an extra day exploring and getting things in order, consider staying overnight.

You can stay in a local hotel or look into other lodging options like airbnb. You could even opt outside by grabbing a spot at a local campsite.

You’re in good hands.

Orientation is a fun and exciting day that will get you well-prepared for your time as a Ram. If you need any help navigating the process, don’t hesitate to reach out to Orientation and Transition Programs. They’re here to help.

Most campus offices we’ve listed above are happy to meet with you during your orientation session, but know that you have even more options. Consider setting up phone appointments or connecting via email. Our Transfer Student Center can help you get in touch with the departments or offices you’re looking for.

Jill Baylis

Jill was a staff member in the Office of Admissions until 2019 when she moved to Denver. As a first-generation college student, she focused on simplifying the college admissions process and helping future Rams find community on campus.