Innovating Student Onboarding Strategies from Move-In Day to Orientation 

Every higher education professional and former student knows firsthand the significance of the move-in day and student orientation in shaping a student's persistence throughout their academic journey. In our expert-led panel discussion, we will explore a range of innovative programs and strategies designed to streamline and enhance the student onboarding process, starting from pre-move-in day summer communications through the initial 30-day campus experience.

Here are the topics we will discuss

  • Pyramid framework of onboarding success for new students
  • Tactics for effective communication and preparation before move-in day
  • Best practices for orchestrating a smooth move-in day
  • Designing an impactful new student orientation
  • Strategies to champion first-year student success

Resources mentioned in the recording



John Smith


Brown fox


Cole Sullivan

Chief Officer

Brown fox

nii-guest speaker

Nii Abrahams

Butler University

Director of the First Year Experience


Shawn Ryan

California State University, Chico

Director of New Student Orientation and Transition Programs

meg haggerty

Meg Haggerty

Butler University

Director, Office of New Student & Family Program


Dr. Laura Truxler

10+ years as First Year Experience Program Director