A student’s introduction to student life at Monmouth begins even before classes start. All new students participate in orientation programs designed specifically for their needs.
All new first-year students, commuters and residents, are expected to attend New Student Orientation. This structured program includes educational and social activities designed to ease the transition to college life at Monmouth and to give students opportunities to meet and interact with other new students. During orientation, students meet faculty, staff, and students with whom they'll be interacting during the first year.
Throughout the academic year, many programs are offered to continue the transition process. The SHADOW Program, First-Year Service Project, leadership development opportunities, and social programming are led by the Office of Student Engagement.
Families of first-year students have the opportunity to learn about campus services through our Parent/Family Orientation. In the fall parents/families are invited to campus to participate in Family Weekend, which traditionally takes place in late September or October.
The Center for Student Success (CSS) coordinates the connections between transfer students (with eighteen or more credits) and their academic departments to ensure a smooth transition to Monmouth University. In addition to their assigned faculty advisors, the CSS serves as another level of support for their transition to Monmouth University. We encourage all incoming transfer students to attend transfer orientation, which is coordinated by the CSS prior to each semester. Orientation programs afford new transfer students the ability to connect with their peers and to learn about resources to guide their progress toward graduation and life after Monmouth.