WMU News

More than 4,500 expected for summer orientation

June 1, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- More than 4,500 freshmen will officially be in the "leading role" when they attend one of 13 two-day orientation sessions between June 4 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, "Making Your Screen Debut at WMU," centers on rolling out the red carpet for the new students and helping them begin directing their future.

During each orientation session, incoming students are divided into small groups led by current WMU students who serve as orientation student leaders and mentors. They tour and live on campus, take placement tests, meet with academic advisors, 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.

"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 University's personable atmosphere with each student who participates in orientation."

More than 3,000 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 career planning, financial aid, residence life and academics.

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

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu


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