Photo of students at the orientation breakfast.

Purpose of IVO

The purpose of Island View Orientation (IVO) is to provide the resources, and facilitate confidence in new students’ ability, to successfully and holistically integrate into the intellectual, cultural and social climate of the University.

Program Aims

  • To provide the opportunity for new students to successfully navigate the CI campus
  • To familiarize incoming students with the distinct culture, traditions and values of CI
  • To learn about the various programs, services and activities related to co-curricular involvement that aid in social, physical and emotional growth in the first year
  • To introduce new students to academic programs, staff and faculty available to make informed and appropriate academic plans

Program Objectives

At Island View Orientation, freshman students will be provided opportunities to gain information for the successful completion of the first year in the following ways:

  • Learn from CI faculty about academic expectations, various program requirements and policies
  • Receive professional academic advising on course selection and schedule building
  • Learn from Admissions the on-line steps necessary to become a registered student following orientation
  • Meet fellow classmates and  student leaders, and gain tools for successful engagement with a diverse population
  • Learn about support services and programs available to aid in short and long term goal planning
  • Find out how to get involved in co-curricular leadership opportunities that will maximize personal growth and social fulfillment
  • Identify services and activities for specialized needs, such as students with disabilities and minority student populations
  • Understand financial processes for the Dolphin One Card, requirements for paying tuition, and information on financial responsibility and planning 
  • Learn about campus culture and identify CI traditions
  • Increase awareness of the importance of learning about, and engaging with, a diverse community
  • Connect to an orientation leader and peer group throughout the orientation experience, which will ease the transition to campus life
  • Acquire a basic knowledge of behavior expectations, including students' rights, responsibilities and privacy policies
  • Experience residential life, including staff, culture and the facilities available in Santa Cruz Village that are offered by Housing and Residential Education

Photo of students enjoying an orientation activity.