If making new friends, registering for classes and learning about clubs and organizations sound like fun, West Virginia University likely has a spot reserved for you at New Student Orientation.
Starting Monday (June 6), more than 4,000 incoming studentsabout 3,800 freshmen and 300 transfersare expected to take part in one- and day-two orientation activities taking place on campus.
The sessions are: June 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-28 and in August.
These 4,000 students are in addition to some 20,000 students who visited campus during the 2004-05 academic year as part of Mountaineer Visitation Days or campus tours, according to Danica Gorby of the Vistors Resource Center.
New Student Orientation gives first-year students all the information they need to be successful Mountaineers,said Regan Bruni, orientation coordinator.From registering for fall classes to getting their Mountaineer Cards, all of the essentials for college are covered.
Depending on which orientation program they choose, students will spend one or two days meeting with academic advisers and resident faculty leaders, taking placement exams, learning about student life programs and participating in an information fair.
During the fair, students and parents will have the opportunity to gather information about various WVU servicesStudent Accounts, Financial Aid, Dining Services, Web Services and moreand choose from WVU s 300-plus student clubs and organizations, including the Mountaineer Maniacs and WVU Marching Band.
Students will also be able verify their housing assignment or rent a MicroFridge, a combined microwave and refrigerator appliance, for their dorm room.
In addition, representatives from the Mountaineer Parents Club will be available to sign up new families for membership. Parents unable to attend orientation but who want to stay connected to their students through the organization can register online athttp://www.wvu.edu/~parents/.
Beyond these activities, there is a special program calledMaking Smart Choices,featuring representatives from the Department of Public Safety, Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, and Student Health Service instructing students on ways to stay safe and healthy at WVU .
There will also be plenty of time for students to purchase their favorite gold and blue apparel and other Mountaineer items from the WVU Bookstore.
Students have the option of staying at Summit Hall.
While orientation is optional, it is strongly encouraged and helps ensure students start school on the right foot, said Nicole Goldsborough, who handles registration.
Basically, it gets them oriented with campus so they feel like they have
connections before school starts,she said.They can meet other students who will be living in their residence halls and sign up for clubs.
It is also the perfect chance for parents to get a taste of college life and to find out more about the activities and resources for families, Goldsborough added.
They will meet the people who are going to be important in their students life,she said.President Hardesty always helps welcome students, and a lot of professors participate in advising.
Goldsborough noted that many orientation programs are filled. However, limited space is available for students who have not yet registered.
To register online, go tohttp://www.arc.wvu.edu/NSS/orientation/.