Pre-Orientation Programs

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Brandeis offers pre-orientation programs in Outdoor Leadership, Social Justice and Creative Arts. Space is limited and scholarships are available.

Students participating in the International Student Orientation, Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program or Student Support Services Program, and fall scholar-athletes are not able to participate in pre-orientation programs due to time conflicts. 

Programs begin Friday, Aug. 25 and continue through Saturday, Aug. 26.

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Outdoor Leadership

Be part of a small group of your peers that participate in a fun-filled and thoughtful experience in the woods of Massachusetts. Through different activities, you will explore group and personal process using the outdoors as a medium for learning. Ranging from orienteering and a ropes course to cooking shared meals and making a campfire, this program will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone to enhance the skills that you will need for a successful transition to college. You do not need to have any previous experience in the outdoors to apply.

Social Justice

Do you have a passion for learning about other people’s experiences and how it differs from your own? Are you looking for a framework to be an advocate for social change? Social justice is an integral part of our community, and an important part of the Brandeis experience. This year, the SoJo program will help students begin to form their own definitions of social justice by exploring paths to enacting social justice at Brandeis and beyond. During this program you will have the chance to: learn about your identity, evaluate your perspective on social issues through dialogue with your peers, volunteer in service projects, engage in presentations with Brandeis students, staff and professors, and learn about ways to pursue social justice at Brandeis.

Creative Arts

This pre-orientation program is titled “Explore Culture, Create Art” and will focus on the arts in various cultures through a multitude of mediums (dance, music, painting, poetry, etc.). By participating in the interactive arts-oriented activities, CAPO students will engage with one another and will gain a better understanding of how the arts can have an impact around the world. Additionally, participants will learn more about themselves and their fellow Brandesians. We hope to instill within each student a sense of self-pride in themselves and an appreciation for the arts that they will carry with them during and after their years at Brandeis.