New Student Orientation
2020 New Student Orientation Overview
Join the Kean community! We’ve planned a fun-filled and academically focused Summer Orientation for the Freshman Class of 2024.
Incoming freshman students are required to attend this important virtual orientation event. The two-part orientation will equip you with all of the necessary tools for a successful first year at Kean University while helping you find out about campus support services and meeting your classmates.
2020 Virtual Orientation
Students will attend 2020 Orientation in 2 parts. Part 1 will include interactive, live, webinar-style presentations about a variety of campus resources and will be held in July and early-August 2020.
Part 2 of orientation will include optional interactive, live, webinar-style presentations focus on preparing our new students with information and resources so that they are successful in and out of their courses.
Students should expect to hear from the orientation leader frequently throughout the summer and should utilize their orientation leader as a resource to help them navigate into the Kean Community.
Please note that participation in Part 1 of Orientation is mandatory for all incoming freshmen.
- If you require disability accommodations, notify the Office of Disability Services two weeks prior to your orientation session.
New Student Orientation Part 2 Information
The health and safety of our students is Kean's number one priority. While we were looking forward to hosting students on campus for an in-person event, we have modified our plans for Part 2 of New Student Orientation to be conducted entirely online in an optional workshop series that will cover multiple topics to assist our new students with being successful in and out of the classroom.
New Student Orientation Leaders will be holding workshops from August 27-September 21 on a variety of helpful topics. These programs will be held at multiple times on multiple days to provide ample opportunity to attend. These sessions are not required, but highly encouraged. Session recordings will also be available within the New Student Orientation Blackboard course. You can find these programs on Cougar Link here
Topics Available Include
- How to Get Involved at Kean
- How to Succeed as a Resident Student
- Volunteerism & Community Service at Kean University
- Cougar Link How-to Session
- Food at Kean University Information Session
- College of Education Question and Answer
- New Jersey Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics Question and Answer Session
- Keanwise How-to
- How to Succeed as an Online Student
Freshman-Only Virtual Programs and Activities
Programs and activities for incoming freshman that completed Part 1 of New Student Orientation are available to view in Cougar Link, by clicking here. Please note that you must login to Cougar Link using your Kean University email username (without "@kean.edu") and password and have completed Part 1 of New Student Orientation to view the full calendar of freshman new student events.
As a part of the original Part 2 plan for New Student Orientation, each new student would have received an Orientation kit that included their Kean t-shirt, lanyard, student ID card, and other goodies, along with important health guidelines for the fall semester as outlined under the University's Return to Campus plan.
As a result of our updated plans for Part 2 of New Student Orientation, the Orientation kits will be distributed two ways:
- Incoming freshman RESIDENT students will receive their Orientation kit after they check-in to their residence hall space. No further action is necessary for resident students to receive their Orientation kit at this time.
- Incoming freshman COMMUTER students will be invited to visit campus for a Cougar Packet Pick-Up Day. Additional information, along with required sign-up instructions, will be provided to each commuter student via email. Pick-up date and time slots will range from Monday, August 24, through Wednesday, August 26, for incoming freshman commuter students. Participation in a Cougar Packet Pick-Up Day is optional. Students that are unable to attend will have additional opportunities in September to receive their Orientation kit.
Disability Services is here to provide assistance and accommodations for all students with physical, medical, learning, emotional and/or psychological documented disabilities both temporary and permanent. Any student requiring an accommodation due to a disability needs to contact The Office of Disability Services two weeks prior to their selected NSO session. Office of Disability Services can be reached at (908) 737-4910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video User Guides
User Guide: Logging into Blackboard and Accessing Your Orientation Session
User Guide: Blackboard Walk-through