Degree Year

2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Sociology

Advisor(s)

Daphne John

Committee Member(s)

Pawan Dhingra
Clovis White

Keywords

College orientation, Higher education, Transfer students, New students, History of college orientation

Abstract

The aim of this honors thesis was to compare the first-year and transfer student experience during orientation at Oberlin College in the Fall of 2007. The research aimed to examine a population that is not typically included in conceptualizing college orientation, to understand how transfer students and first-years differently experience the freshman-centric atmosphere on-campus during orientation and to provide a complete outline of how orientation can best support all new students. The transfer student during orientation represents a blending of first-year and upperclassman characteristics because they must experience the first-year-centric environment but they have previous college experience. How can the transfer student population be best served during orientation at Oberlin College?

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