Freshman Self Orientation to College Text

High School/Pre-College

What can college students and orientation programs do to better prepare for the start of college?

Studies indicate the first three critical weeks of college are most important in helping students become successful and persist. Unfortunately, so much needs to be learned but it is often times difficult to teach in an effective manner. One solution is to provide a road map type guide every student can use independently to solve his or her individual needs when and if they occur. 100 Things Every College Freshman Ought to Know is one example of such a guide. It will help students focus on what is personally important to them across a range of categories. Reading it will help them complete their own self-orientation to college by providing them with "the right kind of information, in a way that they can best understand, and at a time when their most important needs arise."


  • Size: 7" x 4 1/4"
  • paperback
  • perfect bound
  • 242 Pages
  • ISBN# 0935-637-33-8

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100 Things Every College Freshman Ought to Know

100 Things is an abridged college orientation guidebook written from a student's perspective about how knowing what to expect in college can sometimes reduce the overwhelming, frustrating, and often anxious feelings associated with the start of college. Professor Disbro uses shortened, bullet statements to one paragraph descriptions about college customs procedures, and definitions that provide an easy to read and enjoyable overview about the WHAT, WHY, HOW, WHEN, and WHAT-IF's freshmen need to know to better adjust during the first critical weeks of college. Size: 7" x 4 1/4" paperback-perfect bound 226 Pages


What is included in 100 Things Every College Freshman Ought to Know?


Behaviors to be encouraged and avoided


Readings to develop background and understanding for successful students


Personal Suggestions to help make the transition to college life


Definitions and Customs in college life


Knowledge of Self--Items to help define the individual


Students Rights and Responsibilities--Understanding and respecting your rights and the rights of others


Abilities necessary for college success


Time Line--Understanding where you're going, what you'll need to get there, and when


HOW TO USE: 100 Things Every College Freshman Ought to Know

Summer pre-college programs, Orientation Programs, and freshman seminar courses (University 101) enjoy using 100 Things as a required or extra credit reading and reference text. It helps students take charge of problem solving their own adjustment to college. Two successful models for student interaction have gained popularity; one, a Seminar format exercise and second, a short written exercise called a College Protocol Journal. The Seminar is designed around a collaborative learning and Problem Solving Situations exercise that is provided free. It includes thirty typical problems faced by entering college students. Seminar leaders simply divide their classes into groups of 3-4 students and encourage students to problem solve the solutions using the index of the book as a reference. Group recorders can provide solutions during an end of seminar discussion. Leaders serve as facilitators, clarifying issues raised and no formal lecture is needed. Seminar Leaders have reported surprise at the depth and understanding gained by students helping students with the aid of their own problem solving reference.

Note: successfully hosted by academic advisors, residence hall staff, student government leaders and others during two hour seminar formats using evenings and Saturdays during the first five weeks of college. Registration requires purchase of 100 Things at the campus bookstore.

As an extra credit reader, 100 Things, can prove a viable first 1-3rd week reader offered to freshman students by instructors in any course. Students purchase copies at the bookstore, read, and complete a College Protocol Journal. It consists of listing 15 things discovered in the reading that were confusing, troublesome, or required further clarification. Instructors collect assignments and write short answers in response to students. The hidden benefit, instructors learn about popular common concerns shared by students which can be integrated into the syllabus of a subsequent lecture. It keeps lectures relevant to changing needs of students.


Fund raising groups and campus clubs/departments can earn extra funds by selling 100 Things to parents and students through pre-paid direct mail orders through the Admissions Office and table top displays during open house programs, college fairs, summer orientation, and registration. Discounts and consignment copies are available with details provided in a free Fund Raising Kit. Equipment, trips, and other needs can be funded with little more than an announcement to those challenged by the upcoming adjustment to this next difficult step called college.


Cambridge Stratford's trained staff of On-Site Seminar leaders can provide 1-2 day Pre-Orientation to College Seminars at host institutions in every local area. Each Seminar provides one copy of text per participant, full instruction, and handout materials. Services can be contracted by each institution, cooperatively by several institutions, or hosted on a registration fee per participant basis. Email Cambridge Stratford for more information.


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