Orientation and Transition


Our Mission

Our mission is to plan and deliver a comprehensive, evidence-based and targeted orientation and transition experience that meets the diverse needs of all La Trobe students. We are committed to collaborating with our University colleagues and student partners to ensure that every commencing student makes a positive and confident start to university regardless of previous education attainment, personal background, campus location or mode of study. Our programs ensure students are supported to develop a solid foundation of skills, knowledge and capability that will help foster early and ongoing connection, engagement, resilience and success.

Our guiding vision is to foster an institutional culture that nurtures and enables students to connect, engage and flourish at La Trobe University.

Offering a connected, informed and nurturing orientation and transition experience for all students.

Impact and Achievements

In Semester 1, 2019

  • 5723 students attended orientation across all campuses in semester 1, 2019 (69.8% of commencing cohort
  • 76% of students agreed/strongly agreed that orientation helped them feel part of the La Trobe student community
  • 65% of students agreed/strongly agreed that orientation helped them make friends with other new students
  • 64% of students agreed/strongly agreed that orientation helped connect them with university staff directly related to their studies
  • 88% of students agreed/strongly agreed that they are happy to be a La Trobe student
  • 94% of students agreed/strongly agreed that their overall early experience at La Trobe had met or exceeded their expectations

Student Feedback

Feedback from La Trobe students:

“La Trobe makes you feel like you belong and the university has a number of resources available to help students that may be struggling or are from a minority background. The beautiful Bundoora campus is a perk too!”  

“Being at La Trobe, makes you feel like you are a part of an accepting and supportive community, and also helps you make friends and meet different people from around the world.”  

“I feel as though I have joined a new family. The support networks at hand have been welcoming and engaging and I feel right at home. For the first time in a decade I feel safe and comfortable."