You’ll begin your First-Year Experience with Summer Orientation, specially designed registration days on Concordia’s campus. You and your family will attend informative sessions on academic and student life, and you’ll register for your fall courses, tour campus, sample the food and peek in a residence hall. And, of course, if there’s anything else you’re hoping to do – like meet with a coach or talk with current students – let us know and we’ll see what we can do.
All freshmen will take an Inquiry Seminar and a written or oral communication course. These first-year courses will help you develop valuable learning skills – and you’ll take both courses with the same group of students, making it easier to get to know some other friendly faces on campus.
Once August hits and you’re ready to move to campus, we have another exciting experience for you – Fall Orientation. This four-day event combines information and fun – all designed to help you meet other students, get to know the campus and feel more prepared for your first semester. Your Orientation Club, a group of first-year students led by two current student leaders, will become your family for the week. The students in your club will also be in your Inquiry Seminar and communication course – and your Orientation Club faculty mentor will be your Inquiry Seminar professor.
Another great Orientation tradition is the Cobber beanie. This little golden hat is a bonding tool for incoming students and will probably become one of your most prized Cobber possessions.
Summer Book Read
One of the many activities you’ll take part in during Orientation is group discussions of the Summer Book Read, a book we asked you to read prior to coming to campus. Chances are the book will come up in conversation in and out of the classroom throughout the year, including the Faith, Reason and World Affairs Symposium in September.
There are many cocurricular activities available to you, including athletics, theatre, music, service-learning, media and more. Attend the Cobber Expo in September for more ideas on how to get involved.
During registration or your first week on campus, you’ll be assigned a faculty advisor, typically within your major (if you change majors down the road, you can change faculty advisors, too). You’re encouraged to meet with your advisor throughout your four years to discuss your career goals, academic concerns and to register for future classes.