Navigating new student orientation program - Your guide to a successful start in the academic year 2023-2024 

September 22, 2023


The American University of Beirut is all set to welcome new students across all departments and courses! We have student networking opportunities and many other exciting events. To know more, read on.   

The Importance of Orientation for New Students  

Orientation for new students is essential as it is a crucial transition period, helping them acclimate, integrate, and thrive in their new academic environment. Here's why orientation matters:   

  • Navigating the campus   

Orientation introduces students to the campus layout, facilities, and critical locations. Familiarizing themselves with classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, and administrative offices alleviates initial anxiety, enabling smoother transitions between classes and activities.   

  • Building a support system   

Orientation provides an opportunity to connect with peers, faculty, and staff. Early relationships foster a sense of belonging, creating a support network for academic, personal, and social needs.   

  • Understanding expectations   

Orientation clarifies academic expectations, curriculum, and course requirements. This knowledge empowers students to plan their studies effectively, set goals, and make informed decisions about their educational path.   

  • Exploring resources   

New students often need guidance in accessing academic resources, such as research libraries, tutoring services, and career counseling. Orientation showcases these resources, aiding in academic success and personal growth.   

  • Cultural integration   

Orientation helps international students bridge cultural gaps by introducing local customs, norms, and expectations. This cultural insight promotes a positive transition and fosters intercultural understanding.   

  • Addressing concerns   

New students may be concerned about academic workload, social interactions, or campus life. Orientation provides a platform to address these concerns openly, dispelling myths and easing anxieties.   

  • Promoting involvement   

Orientation introduces students to clubs, organizations, and extracurricular activities. Getting involved early enhances their campus experience, builds leadership skills, and cultivates a sense of community.   

  • Wellness and safety   

Orientation often covers health services, safety protocols, and campus policies. This information ensures students are well-prepared to prioritize their well-being and navigate potential challenges.   

In essence, orientation is a vital steppingstone for new students, facilitating a smoother transition, fostering connections, and equipping them with the knowledge and confidence to succeed academically and personally.   

Connecting With Peers: Building A Supportive Network  

Connecting with peers during the early stages of one's academic journey is paramount in establishing a supportive network beyond the classroom. Forming meaningful relationships with fellow students fosters a sense of belonging, crucial for emotional well-being and personal growth. These connections offer opportunities for collaborative learning, study groups, and shared experiences, enhancing academic performance and understanding.   

Moreover, a supportive peer network provides an avenue to discuss challenges, seek advice, and exchange perspectives, ultimately contributing to better decision-making and problem-solving skills. Whether through orientation events, student organizations, or social gatherings, reaching out to peers enables the cultivation of friendships that can have a lasting positive impact on both academic and personal aspects of a student's life. This can begin during the orientation programs.   

Exploring campus facilities: Touring your new home  

Exploring campus facilities during orientation offers new students a firsthand glimpse into their new academic home. Guided tours acquaint them with essential locations such as classrooms, libraries, laboratories, recreational areas, and student centers. These tours help students become familiar with the physical layout and provide insights into the resources available to support their academic pursuits and personal growth.   

Navigating the campus environment allows students to plan their daily routines, access essential services, and make informed decisions about best utilizing the facilities for their educational journey. Additionally, campus tours often highlight historical landmarks, cultural spaces, and extracurricular opportunities, fostering a deeper connection with the institution and its vibrant community.  

Looking forward to meeting all the new faces of the year!   

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)   

How can I connect with other new students during orientation?  

Participate in orientation events to connect and initiate conversations with fellow new students. Joining online forums or social media groups dedicated to the incoming class can also facilitate virtual connections before arriving on campus.  

What will be the date for the on-campus orientation?  

The on-campus orientation will begin on August 20 – 25, 2023.   

Will I meet my professors during orientation?  

Yes, your orientation program includes sessions where new students can meet and interact with their professors, learn about academic expectations, and understand the faculty's teaching approach. It's an excellent opportunity to establish an initial connection and address questions about courses and curriculum. 



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