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Orientation a success across ACU

Orientation_BODYBallarat Campus students celebrate O Week

Semester one orientation had Australian Catholic University (ACU) campuses bustling with students eager to start university life.

The week-long program, held at each ACU campus, featured academic skills workshops, library sessions, information technology services, tours of the campus and course specific welcome sessions.

Students on the Ballarat Campus moved into the student residential villages and parent and student information sessions were held throughout the week. The Aquinas Student Association run Orientation Camp and Scavenger Hunt were a success with many students attending the student events.

In North Sydney a record number of students attended Orientation Week. Existing ACU students generously volunteered their time to participate in the Peer Mentoring Program, helping new students navigate through their first four weeks on campus.

2,500 new students walked through the doors of the Melbourne Campus during Orientation Week. Social activities were well attended, with over 180 people attended Parent and Partner evenings and 120 students participating in Orientation Camp.

Campus Life Coordinator Geraldine Butler said the collaborative effort was a great success.

“By providing initiatives, such as online registrations, students have ownership over their orientation at ACU,” she said. “This has provided a calm start to the semester and consequently a smooth transition into university life.”

Academic workshops and social activities, which are being run regularly throughout semester one, are part of a transition framework in place to assist new and continuing students.

Research shows that students, on average, are more likely to succeed if they regularly attend classes and develop a social network*.

“We find that week three of semester is when students can feel most lost and unsupported. Hence the transition program aims to provide more practical ongoing support for students and hopefully engage them in campus life.”

For more information about what’s on in semester two please contact the Campus Life team at your campus.

*SUCCESS IN FIRST YEAR: The impact of institutional, programmatic and personal interventions on an effective and sustainable first-year student experience Professor Keithia Wilson, Griffith University