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Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment:Entering Student Assessment (First-Year)

The First Year (Freshman) Assessment is a University Requirement.


The assessment consists of two parts: the Transition to College Inventory (TCI) and the Freshman Biographical Questionnaire (FBioQ). All freshman students must complete the First Year (Freshman) Assessment before attending their specific Monarch Orientation date. Please read the following instructions on how to access and complete the TCI and FBioQ.


To locate and complete the TCI and FBioQ:

  1. Log into my.odu.edu and enter your MIDAS ID and password.

  2. Click on Canvas, located in the right-hand column.

  3. Under MY ODU Courses, you will see the course marked Freshman Monarch Orientation. Click it to enter the course.

  4. Click on Transition to College Inventory (TCI) in the left-hand menu. Read the information and take the inventory.

  5. Upon submission of the TCI, students will be automatically redirected to the Freshman Biographical Questionnaire (FBioQ).

After completing the TCI and FBioQ, it is recommended to close your browser for security purposes. Students' academic records on Leo Online will be updated and within 5 - 7 business days, after completing the survey.



Add'l Information

Before Classes Begin

The TCI and FBioQ are available on Canvas under the Freshman Monarch Orientation course three business days after students register for Monarch Orientation. Students must register for Monarch Orientation in order to receive access to the Freshman Monarch Orientation course on Canvas. Click here for information on how to register for Monarch Orientation.

Students who do not see this course in Canvas should contact the Monarch Orientation Office for assistance at (757) 683-3428 or Monarch Orientation@odu.edu.

Why am I having trouble accessing the surveys?

Please be sure to check the minimum system requirements. If you do not have the required computer at home, there should be ample computer resources on your campus with which to complete your assessment surveys. Contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment at assess@odu.edu or call (757) 683-3322.


After Classes Begin

The Monarch Orientation course in Canvas will remain available until the first day of classes. After classes begin, students will no longer have access to the Freshman Monarch Orientation course and must complete the Assessment Request Form to be sent a link to complete the TCI and FBioQ. Students who request the TCI and FBioQ will be sent an email from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment with a link to complete the assessments. All requests are processed within 5 - 7 business days.

What are the minimum system requirements?

  • Windows 2000, or newer
  • Internet connection
  • Internet Explorer 6.0+ or Firefox 2.0+




If you have questions regarding the First Year Student Assessment process or encounter problems, please contact us via email or by calling us at (757) 683-3322.




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