Thousands of students, parents attend orientation
June 2, 2010
KALAMAZOO--Some 8,000 people, including beginning and transfer students as well as their parents, will be attending Western Michigan University's summer orientation programs.
As many as 3,600 incoming freshmen and 4,500 of their parents are expected to be on campus during this year's 12 summer orientation sessions, which begin June 7. The 1-1/2-day sessions will run through July 1.
Additionally, 600 transfer students will take part in WMU's 2010 transfer transition program. It features three one-day sessions, the last two of which are set for July 23 and Aug. 13.
"A student's WMU journey begins with summer orientation as they begin making connections with other students, faculty and staff, while learning about everything that Western has to offer," says Steve Booher, WMU coordinator of orientation. "They will leave orientation with a great sense of Bronco pride and the excitement of returning in the fall to begin their collegiate journey."
All incoming first-year students are required to attend an orientation session, during which they are divided into small groups and learn about college life as well as the people, services and resources at WMU. They tour campus, take placement tests, meet with academic advisors, register for fall classes, finalize financial aid, get their school ID cards, connect with faculty and staff members, and participate in student development and social activities.
The orientation sessions for parents run concurrently with the student sessions. Parent orientation includes meetings with University officials on topics such as financial aid, campus safety and on-campus living. Parents leave with a better understanding of the issues college students face and how they can support as well as meaningfully interact with their sons and daughters throughout their children's time in school.
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