Extended Orientations: Enhancing the Sense of Belonging of First-Year Students

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Extended Orientations: Enhancing the Sense of Belonging of First-Year Students

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2012-02-19

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Held at the 31st Annual Conference on the First Year Experience, this study examined the academic and social benefits of new student orientation (Welcome Week) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Utilizing the Student Experience in the Research University survey, administered to all first-year students in 2010, this study suggests that students who participated in Welcome Week had a higher sense of belonging, higher fall and spring semester cumulative grade point averages, and higher retention from their first-year to their second year. These benefits persisted when controlling for additional demographic, college experience, and engagement factors.

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Presented at the First Year Experience annual conference, San Antonio, TX, February 19, 2012.

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Lingren Clark, Beth; Coffin Koch, Laura; Soria, Krista M.. (2012). Extended Orientations: Enhancing the Sense of Belonging of First-Year Students. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/157386.

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