The first step toward success in earning your degree online is understanding how your school works.

A woman sits at her desk working at her computer.It’s exciting to start an online degree program. Right now, you’re probably thinking about what you’ll learn, and anticipating the career opportunities that could arise as you earn your degree. But before you start that first class, your online university will invite you to participate in one or more virtual or call-in orientation events. Should you attend? The answer is: absolutely. Here are some reasons why.

You’ll Learn How Your Online Education Environment Works

It’s especially important that accredited online universities and colleges provide an effective online learning environment. This environment is known as a learning management system (LMS), and it’s how you’ll interact with faculty, advisors, and fellow students throughout the course of your online degree program. At your orientation, you’ll receive important information on how your school’s online LMS works. Many orientations are interactive and provide practical experience in the LMS. This will help ensure you’re ready to go on the first day of class.

You’ll Meet Fellow Students

Just like at traditional colleges, orientations at online universities give you the chance to meet fellow students—something that’s even more important to your learning experience when you’re not in the same physical classroom or campus space. Many virtual orientation events include chat rooms where new students can interact and get to know one another. As you progress through your online degree program, your fellow students can provide you with invaluable support and friendship. Orientation is a great place to get to know the people who will be learning alongside you.

You’ll Connect With Advisors and Faculty

The relationships you build with your faculty and advisors can help determine how successful you are in your online degree program. During orientation, you’ll interact with numerous university faculty members, advisors, and alumni. These introductions are a great way to start building valuable relationships that can not only provide academic support as you earn your degree, but also can help build your professional network as you advance your career.

You’ll Get Your Questions Answered

Whether you’re seeking a bachelor’s degree or continuing your education with a master’s or doctorate, you probably have some questions about how things will work and what you can expect. Many online university orientation events include both faculty/advisor panels, as well as with other question-and-answer forums where you can ask about the things that are most important to you. You’ll appreciate having answers before you start your studies.

You’ll Feel Better Prepared

Orientation events are designed to prepare you for success. You want to start your first day of class with the confidence that comes from knowing how your online university works and what you can expect from the environment.


Walden University provides a variety of orientation options to prepare you for your online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.