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The university conducts a variety of orientation activities and programs prior to student entrance into the university and classes; students thereby become acquainted with faculty, staff and curriculum. It is important that the student's and the university's goals and philosophies match. Orientation programs are both formal and informal. It may be desirable in many instances to include family members or friends in visitation, tours and general orientation activities. Students and family members routinely visit the campus as part of the orientation and enrollment process.

University publications, including this catalog and the student handbook, play a role in orienting students to NAU. College and Career Success I and II, university courses which are required of all entering students, extends orientation and student development into the classroom and beyond.