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New Student Orientation

Welcome #Vanguard2018…

… and congratulations on your decision to join the Vanguard community! ASU-Beebe looks forward to working with you throughout your transition to the university. Through programs like New Student Orientation and Welcome Week, we seek to provide you the information and experiences to prepare and excite you for the beginning of your college experience.

New Student Orientation (NSO) at ASU-Beebe is a full-day program aimed at providing you, and your family, with an introduction to life on campus, a snapshot to the college classroom environment and an opportunity to finalize all your student account loose ends (i.e., financial aid, class registration, etc.).  All new students are strongly encouraged to attend NSO.  A companion program for parents and families is available for family members traveling to ASU-Beebe with you for NSO.

The Office of Student Life welcomes you to ASU-Beebe, a community of achievers rich in tradition and academic excellence! To assist you and your family as new members of this community, we invite you to attend NSO. In addition to student sessions, the companion sessions are designed specifically to educate parents and families of first-year students on the processes and expectations.

The theme for New Student Orientation (NSO) for the Fall 2018 semester is: "Live in 3D: Dream. Discover. Do."  ASU-Beebe is committed to providing students an engaging and rewarding experience while seeking their degree as part of the Vanguard community. NSO is dedicated to providing an experience that takes incoming students beyond the two-dimensional documents and paperwork, which students are often inundated with during registration. By providing interactive and engaging sessions, NSO is designed to provide a three-dimensional experience to acclimate students to college life. During the full day of events, students will be asked to dream about their future with ASU-Beebe, discover the unique resources the campus offers for student success, and put their knowledge to action in the Vanguard Community through working together in small groups.

Live in 3D: Dream. Discover. Do. New Student Oreintation


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New Student Orientation is strongly encouraged for all incoming students. During the full day event you will meet your peers, instructors/professors and staff members.  You will discover university resources designed to help you succeed, participate in a simulated college classroom and learn how to get engaged in campus life.

Each student attending MUST complete a separate registration. However, family members attending with new students may register once with their student.

New Student Orientation Registration


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During New Student Orientation, you will learn about ASU-Beebe while meeting with college representatives, receiving information about campus resources and meeting other incoming students.

  • Orientation check-in is from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. in the Owen Center lobby, and the majority of the program will take place in both the Owen Center and Science Building. The Orientation program will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with optional campus tours beginning at 4:00 p.m.
  • Once you arrive on campus, using the directions provided below, orientation signs will direct you to the parking lots where you may park for the duration of the program.
  • Lunch during orientation will be provided by the University for students and families in a lunch session held in the Owen Center Gymnasium.

Orientation Day Schedule

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Welcome Session – Get excited to be a part of the Vanguard community and learn ASU-Beebe traditions to start your orientation experience.

Meet Your Orientation Small Group - Meet your orientation leaders (an instructor/professor and student leader) and get to know other new students in your group! These sessions will include several interactive and engaging activities to help you get to know your new friends and ASU-Beebe traditions. You can find your OL group number on the lower right corner of your name tag.

Discover Financial Aid/Student Employment - The Office of Financial Aid offers financial assistance to students through state and federal programs that provide scholarships, grants, loans and student service positions. This session will provide a better understanding about the financial aid process, including information about filing a FAFSA, completing verification requirements (if selected) and accepting/declining awards in the Vanguard Portal. Furthermore, this session will provide you information on how to secure on-campus, part-time student employment.

Living the Technology Dream - Learn about the valuable resources available to you through ASU-Beebe’s computing environment; learn how to utilize Office365, the ASUB Mobile App, Canvas for online classes, student email and other tools within your Vanguard Portal.

Discover Student Services – Start your journey at ASU-Beebe by discovering the opportunities to engage on campus, and connect with campus services, including academic advising, career services, counseling services, disability support services, registrar, student conduct, testing, transfer services, TRiO Student Support Services and tutoring.

Do Your First Class – Nervous about sitting in your first college class? This session helps reduce your anxieties about your first day of class by introducing the nuts and bolts of academic success in a simulated classroom, covering everything from how to use a syllabus, the attendance policy, the increased academic demands with reading, note taking, and studying, along with other helpful tips for your academic success. 

Let's Do Lunch - Keynote Session - During lunch, you will have the opportunity to hear student success tips directly from our keynote speaker, Dr. Amy Baldwin, Director of University College, Literacy & Writing Faculty at UCA and lead author of your Principles of Academic Success textbook, The Community College Experience.

Orientation Learning Outcomes

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Dr Amy Baldwin Dr. Amy Baldwin is the Director of University College, Literacy & Writing Faculty at UCA. She is also a pioneering educator and educational entrepreneur and wrote the first student success textbook for community colleges and for first-generation students. Dr Baldwin is the lead author of ASU-Beebe's Principles of Academic Success textbook, The Community College Experience.
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Each year the Office of Student Life selects a group of mature and dedicated undergraduate leaders to assist with implementing university orientation programs throughout the year. Orientation leaders serve as resources and peer advisors to new students and family members attending orientation programs.

Meet your Leadership Scholars

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As Arkansas' only community college with residence halls, ASU-Beebe is proud to offer on-campus housing to its students. The campus' new residents will move into their residence halls on August 16, 2018. 

Move-in Day Information

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Orientation participants may park on campus in several convenient parking lots near the NSO buildings.

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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, ASU-Beebe will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. If you are a student or guest with a disability attending a New Student Orientation and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations (e.g., ASL interpreter, large print, etc.) to participate in this event, please contact Tisha L. Marzewski (501.882.8906) during business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as soon as possible or at least 10 working days prior to the event.

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The Office of Student Life recommends that all students consider registering parents and family members for the concurrent Parent/Family sessions. These sessions, designed specifically to assist families with their transition to the Vanguard community, are optional, but highly encouraged. 

Family Orientation is designed for those who will serve as a student’s primary support throughout their transition to the university. During the program, attendees will:

  • Get better acquainted with the academic programs and campus services offered to your student.
  • Gain insights into the potential adjustments your new college student and your family will face.
  • Meet ASU-Beebe staff, current students, and other orientation attendees.

Support members attending orientation with new students should register with their student on the New Student Orientation Registration form above.

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