New Student Orientation

For Traditional Undergraduates

Helpful Tips

The most helpful tips for a successful transition to life at CLU come directly from our current students some of which were transfer students themselves.


"Do your best to get involved as quickly as possible. Join clubs, get anImage on campus job, live on campus, or any other way you can get involved. At orientation, I made friends that are also transfer students because we were all going through the same thing. The best friends I have here have shared that same bond."- Kim Bebo, transferred in Spring 2016. 

Preparing for Your Arrival

Image "Get to know your peer advisor whether through email or Facebook. Talk to your roommates over the summer and try to meet them in person beforehand. Come up with a plan of who is bringing what and it will make the transition to CLU a whole lot easier." -Megan Everett, Class of 2013.

Getting Involved

"Come to clubs with an open mind and be willing to participate and learn from them. Don't be afraid of being open to new clubs because most of them are very welcoming." -Michelle Mocalis, Class of 2014. Image

"The easiest way to get involved and meet others was through orientation. I went to every event I could and met so many great people. There's so many opportunities to get involved, but you just have to be open and want to get involved." - Frankie Manes. Class of 2017.

Living on Campus

Image  "Living on campus is a great way to meet people and get involved at CLU. It helped me become neater and less messy!" -Caitlin Jensen, Class of 2013.

"Leave your door open while you are in your room for the first couple of weeks. You will meet so many friends just by saying "Hi!" to people passing by." -Chelsea Gutowski, Class of 2014.


"You should get here [to CLU] early to get a good parking spot! -Maxine Nelson, Class of 2014.

 "Find something to get involved in that will get you excited to come to campus. It is important to find your niche regardless of how far you live" - Angela Cuzic. Class of 2018.

International Students

Image "It was not as hard as I thought...I thought it would be really hard to make friends but there are so many nice and kind people [at CLU]. Professors really care about students and take care of international students sincerely." -Joonggun (Andy) Ahn, Class of 2014 (South Korea).

"Talk to anyone and everyone with no fear because everyone is in the same boat and will be very friendly and fun to meet" - Michelle Handal. Class of 2019.