New student orientation, held prior to the beginning of your first semester, introduces new and transfer students to the faculty and staff, and will acquaint students with the University's educational philosophy, policies, and regulations.  In addition, orientation should help you to begin to develop friendships with other students and to feel a sense of belonging.  The Edge is a summer event designed to give students an opportunity to be advised for course registration, to meet fellow new students, and to become acquainted with the campus.  Orientation is a vital part of introduction to college life and is an important part of a student's educational experience.  Attendance at Fall Orientation is required of all new and transfer students.