June 2, 1998
KALAMAZOO -- More than 3,400 freshmen will enter the front door to college when they attend one of 11 two-day orientation sessions between June 8 and July 21 at Western Michigan University.
The orientation program is designed to prepare students for their transition from high school to college. This year's theme, "Opening New Doors," focuses on preparing freshmen for the many doors that will open to them during and after their college education at WMU.
During each of the sessions, students are divided into small groups led by current WMU students who serve as orientation leaders and mentors. The participants tour and live on campus, take placement tests, meet with academic advisers, register for fall semester classes, finalize housing and financial aid arrangements and get involved in student development and social activities. It is through these opportunities that students become acquainted with campus.
"Our goal is to provide a personal experience for each freshman to make them feel a part of the WMU family and community," said Donna L. StJohn, orientation coordinator. "Therefore, we concentrate on all aspects of college life in orientation to help them feel comfortable here."
More than 1,800 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 career planning, financial aid, housing and academics.
In addition, 700 transfer students are expected to attend one-day orientation sessions, called the "Transfer Transition Program," during five programs offered between May and August.
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