New Student Orientation


Early Bird is an orientation and registration program designed to ensure high school seniors make a smooth transition into the Brookdale community. The folks in Brookdale’s Recruitment Services work closely with local high schools to make information, applications, and early placement testing available to students. Interested students should ask their guidance office about Early Bird participation.

Student Engagement has partnered with Recruitment Services to expand Early Bird offerings with more workshops and activities. Learn more at the Early Bird website.


Wednesday, August 30 at 9 AM and 1 PM
Warner Student Life Center

The August Orientation Sessions are intended for students who did not attend Early Bird in the Spring, or who will not be attending another special orientation session (see list below).

During this session you will meet representatives from various departments, learn about important college resources, become more familiar with the Lincroft campus with a student led tour, and have the opportunity to receive your Brookdale OneCard. We recommend students bring a copy of their class schedule to assist in finding your classes during the tour. You also should bring a valid government ID in order to get your Brookdale OneCard.

Please RSVP for orientation by using the form available here. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at


Special orientation sessions are run by collaborating departments and designed with the needs of targeted student populations in mind. They each cover the important information covered in Early Bird or the August Orientation, but also include specific materials about the programs sponsoring them. Please follow the links for more information.

Honors Orientation

Thursday, August 10, from 10 AM -3 PM

Warner Student Life Center

Freehold Family Welcome Night

Wednesday, August 23, 5:30 PM

Freehold Campus

International Student Orientation

Tuesday, August 29, 9 AM

Main Academic North 108

Welcome at Wall West

Thursday, August 31

AM Session at 10 AM

PM Session at 4 PM

Brookdale at Wall

Distance Education Orientation

Wednesday, September 6, 5:30 PM

Warner Student Life Center

Friday, September 8, 12 PM

Virtual Session On-line

Be on the lookout for information about other orientation activities including other regional location welcome events as well as the Veterans Student Welcome.

If your academic program has a specific orientation activity please contact the department directly for details. Contact information may be found by following the links online here.


First Year Experience

All incoming students are invited to participate in Brookdale’s First Year Experience (FYE) program which encourages participation in the campus community. The program encourages students to attend co-curricular activities that build upon classroom learning while connecting students to campus resources.

This year the department of Student Engagement will be running the FYE program through a CANVAS learning shell. This online resource will house orientation videos for those unable to attend a session, a calendar of events, a campus resource list, and a discussion thread where students may ask questions that will be answered by college staff as well as student mentors who have gone through the experience of adjusting to college. For more information about FYE, check out our webpage here. If you need assistance with CANVAS, check out this guide presented by our Innovations Center.