WMU News

Nearly 4,800 freshmen expected for orientation

June 3, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Nearly 4,800 freshmen will "tune into" WMU when they attend 13 two-day orientation sessions between June 5 and July 25 at Western Michigan University.

The orientation program is designed to prepare students for their transition from high school to college. This year's theme, "A Brand New Beat," centers on helping new students strike a chord with the resources and services available on campus.

During each of the sessions, students are divided into small groups led by current WMU students who serve as orientation student leaders. The participants tour and stay on campus, take placement tests, meet with academic advisors, register for fall semester classes, finalize financial aid arrangements, and get involved in student development and social activities. It is through these opportunities that students become acquainted with campus.

"By showcasing all aspects of our college community, we provide incoming students with the opportunity to get a sneak preview of the campus," says Christopher W. Tremblay, coordinator of orientation. "Simultaneously, we demonstrate the personable atmosphere of the University to each student who participates in orientation."

More than 4,000 parents also are expected to attend throughout the summer. Their orientation sessions, which take place on the first day of each freshman session, include campus tours and meetings with various University officials on such topics as campus safety, financial aid, residence life and academics.

In addition, 600 transfer students are expected to attend one-day orientation sessions, called the Transfer Transition Program, during four sessions offered between May and August.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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