Student Readiness: Examining the Impact of a University Outdoor Orientation Program


  • Eddie Hill Old Dominion University
  • Timothy Posey Old Dominion University
  • Edwin Gómez East Carolina University
  • Stephen L. Shapiro University of South Carolina



outdoor orientation programs, flourishing, resilience, well-being, student readiness, transition to higher education, adjustment to higher education


This study examined the impact of a university outdoor orientation program on participants’ transition to higher education. Researchers focused on participants’ experiences during the program, utilizing a mixed-methods approach to measure resilience and well-being. Pre- and posttest instruments consisted of two preestablished scales and a series of open-ended questions, which were administered during a 4-day university outdoor orientation program. Findings indicated significant improvement of resilience and well-being in participants through outdoor orientation program involvement. Additionally, direct content analysis identified major themes related to resilience, well-being, and readiness for college.

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Author Biography

Eddie Hill, Old Dominion University

Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies


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