Orientation is a series of events and activities designed to help new first-year students to adjust to university. You will meet people, find out about resources on campus, learn how to find your way around the campus and have some fun too.
However, Orientation is more than just a week of activities. It's about our commitment to help you explore opportunities for involvement on campus and to ensure that you achieve success in all spheres of life. It is our hope that you will leave the NMMU as a well-rounded individual.
Orientation should not be confused with Initiation, a humiliating and dangerous practice at some universities in the past, and one which is definitely not tolerated at NMMU.
Research has shown that students who attend Orientation have a much better chance of succeeding at university. First-year students who attended Orientation have this to say:
Yes, it is. It will help you settle in quickly. It will give you the edge over others who don't.
You will miss out on meeting other students doing the same course as you, in an informal setting. Networking with others should not be under-estimated in order to achieve success. You will miss out on meeting faculty staff. You will miss out on finding out about how to construct your curriculum (where electives are an option). You will miss out on having the opportunity of listening to the experiences of senior students who have dealt with challenges in your course. You will probably get lost and not know where to find your lecture venues or important resources, which could put you off to a bad start. You might remain completely unaware of all the resources available to help you at NMMU. You will miss out on a great deal of fun!
Refer to the First Year Orientation Guide.
You will receive your student card at the end of the Registration process on Registration day.
You also receive your parking disc at the end of the Registration process on Registration day.
Visit your Faculty Officer - the names and telephone numbers are listed in the First Year Guide.
Tel: +27 (0) 41 504 1111
Fax: +27 (0) 41 504 2574 / 2731
PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Port Elizabeth, 6031, South Africa
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