Office of New Student Programs
Orientation assists new undergraduates with the transition to
The Orientation Committee conducts an extensive orientation program during the summer, with additional programs held prior to each term. Special orientation sessions are conducted for transfer students during the spring. Special orientation programs are also held for international students and graduate students. New students receive an invitation to attend an orientation program before their first semester at the university. Family members are encouraged to accompany students.
Summer orientation is a two-day program scheduled in June. As early as January, new students and their family members are asked to select a convenient time from among a number of orientation sessions that are scheduled during June. In addition to preparing their class schedules for fall semester, new students with their family members participate in informational activities about policies and procedures at the university, and meet formally and informally with faculty, staff, and other new students and their families. These sessions, held in a comfortable, informative atmosphere, lessen existing anxieties, assist in the development of a clearer understanding of the university environment, and make it possible for new students—with support from their family members—to begin to make the academic and social decisions that are faced by all students at the university.
Housing and meals are available at campus residence halls for a nominal fee. Cyclone Aides live in the residence halls with the new students and are available at all times for informal discussion.
WelcomeFest activities are scheduled during the first week of fall semester to welcome students to campus. All students, including transfer students, are invited to participate in WelcomeFest.