About 650 incoming freshmen and 130 transfer students and their parents will learn about college life this week as part of West Virginia Universitys final New Student Orientation of the summer.

Students who were unable to attend June sessions now have the opportunity to register for classes and take placement exams for certain courses, said Regan Fritsch Bruni, New Student Orientation coordinator.

They will also have their photos taken for their student identification cards, meet their resident faculty leaders, attend various informational sessions and tour the campus, she added.

Orientation is very important for incoming students so that they start the school year off on the right foot,Bruni said.It is also important for parents to know the services available at the University so they can help guide their children in the transition to college life.

The standard orientation sessions for freshmen will be Wednesday, Aug. 13, and Thursday, Aug. 14, and an orientation session for nontraditional and transfer students will be held Tuesday, Aug. 12.

In addition to the orientations, student services will operate a Help Center and Student Services Days to assist students with preparing for fall semester.

At the Help Center, students can obtain a copy of their schedules, receive assistance in locating a building, and get help registering for classes once they have met with their advisors,Bruni said.The staff at the Help Center can answer general questions or point students in the right direction.

The Help Center will be set up in Elizabeth Moore Hall from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, through Friday, Aug. 22.

During Student Service Days, a one-stop shop, students can pay their tuition and fees, obtain a copy of their schedule, make adjustments to their meal plans, check on financial aid or scholarships, and obtain work-study assignments,Bruni explained.

Student Service Days take place in the Mountainlair Ballrooms from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18.

For more information on any of these programs, call Bruni at 304-293-2264.