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Community Colleges Step Up Efforts To Get Students To Attend Orientation

Community college officials have long complained that it is difficult to get students to attend what many consider to be the most boring of pre-class rituals: orientation. Unlike four-year schools where many freshmen live on campus and have little choice but to report to an auditorium to learn how to register for classes and take placement tests, community college students often are working, commute to school and have long shown up right before classes start, administrators say.

Many two-year college officials say that meeting with counselors, taking placement tests and even becoming familiar with the campus help lead to academic success. Studies have shown that students who go through some kind of orientation are more likely to pass their classes and graduate than those who don’t.