Orientation Mission and Goals

The mission of the New Student Orientation program, lead by the Division of Campus Life, is a collaborative effort with faculty, administration, and student leaders to facilitate new students’ transition and to acquaint them with the Wagner College community.  New Student Orientation introduces incoming students to The Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, social and co-curricular involvement, and to the greater New York City community.  Activities and programs included in New Student Orientation promote student independence, engagement, and success.

New Student Orientation will:

  • Welcome new students to Wagner College and acquaint them with the mission and identity of the institution.
  • Introduce new students to our academic curriculum – The Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, and First-Year Learning Communities, one of its most integral pieces.
  • Introduce families to relevant campus resources and assist them in their transition to a supportive role.
  • Foster a first-year student community and a sense of campus pride among the Class of 2018.
  • Create mentorship and connections between new students and their Peer Leaders and Resident Assistants.
  • Create opportunities for authentic and open interaction between new students and Wagner College faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Educate new students of their rights and responsibilities on campus and introduce them to the Community Standards of Conduct and the Student Conduct Process.
  • Inform students of campus services and resources that will enhance their academic success and overall college experience:
    • Academic Advisement
    • Athletics
    • Campus Ministry
    • Center for Health & Wellness
    • Co-Curricular Programs
    • Dining Services
    • Information Technology
    • Mail Services
    • Public Safety
    • Residential Education
  • Emphasize the importance of co-curricular involvement by introducing new students to established Campus Life opportunities:
    • Alternative Spring Break
    • Clubs & Organizations
    • First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE)
    • Greek Life
    • Intramurals
    • Port Richmond Partnership
    • Student Government
    • Study Abroad & Expanding Your Horizons
  • Introduce and begin to develop life skills necessary for student success:
    • Academic achievement
    • Healthy and sustainable lifestyle
    • Interpersonal communication
    • Mature decision-making
    • On and off-campus safety
    • Personal responsibility
  • Expose new students to important societal topics affecting student success:
    • Alcohol and other drugs
    • Cultural diversity
    • Healthy relationships
    • Identities and orientation