More than 8,000 expected for orientation sessions
June 6, 2007
KALAMAZOO--Some 8,100 people, including beginning students and their parents and transfer students are booking it to Kalamazoo this month to attend summer orientation programs at Western Michigan University.
About 3,500 incoming freshmen and more than 4,000 of their parents are expected to be on campus during this year's 12 two-day summer orientation sessions, which began June 4 and will run through June 29.
In addition, 600 transfer students will take part in the transfer orientation program, attending one of the four one-day orientation sessions scheduled for them between June 1 and Aug. 10.
"Orientation allows us to showcase our campus community while providing important information to incoming students who are beginning one of the most exciting and challenging phases of their lives," says Salatha Willis, WMU coordinator of orientation. "We want new students to 'start right and finish strong,' and our orientation programs are one of the many ways we help them do that."
During the two-day sessions for freshmen, incoming students are divided into small groups led by orientation student leaders--current students who have been specially trained to help the newcomers get acquainted with campus and what WMU has to offer.
They tour campus, take placement tests, meet with academic advisors, register for fall semester classes, finalize financial aid arrangements, and learn about helpful resources and services, as well as have a chance to get involved in student development and social activities.
The orientation sessions for their parents take place on the first and second day of each freshman session and include campus tours and meetings with various University officials on such topics as campus safety, financial aid, residence life and academics.
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