Westminster College’s Outdoor Experience orientation may give first-year students the opportunity to make friends, overcome fears and get outside before classes start.
It may also help retention. Statistics for 2015 from the Outdoor Program show 89 percent of students who attended Outdoor Experience orientation returned their second year, compared to the college average of 82 percent.
“To go on a trip with a bunch of people who are in the same stage of life as you with all the same uncertainties is really nice,” said Bridger Layton, a senior Outdoor Experience leader who participated in the trip his first year of college. “You’ve got this perfect setting to start making new friends and connections. Then, when you get back to campus when everyone else is trying to connect with people and trying to make new friends, you’ve already got some familiar faces.”Read More