With West Virginia University on target to reach another record fall enrollment, hundreds of first-year students are expected to stream onto campus this month for New Student Orientation.


Total enrollment on the main campus is projected at 26,500-26,800, including about 4,600 freshmen, making it the largest freshman class in the school’s history, according to Tricia Petty, director of undergraduate recruitment.


During one- and two-day orientation sessions (June 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-28 and Aug. 15-16), new Mountaineers will be greeted by a team of about two dozen student orientation leaders.


Participants will learn the ropes of WVU life, go on campus tours, register for fall classes, meet with academic advisers, get their photos taken for their ID cards, take placement exams and attend an information fair, said Regan Bruni, orientation coordinator.


The fair will feature representatives from various WVU services, including Housing, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Web Services, the Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, and Mountaineer Parents Club.


Most sessions offer optional overnight lodging at one of the University’s residence halls, Bruni added, and extended programs include a sampling of WVUp All Night activities.


Nearly 5,000 students and 6,200 guests participated in last year’s orientation as an important step in the transition from high school to college, she said.


Orientation staff welcomes thousands of families to campus each year


While orientation takes place during the summer, introducing families to campus is a year-round job.


Bruni, program assistant Nicole Goldsborough and several students work with faculty and staff, welcoming more than 16,500 students and guests to WVU annually.


Thousands more communicate with orientation staff through �€?snail�€? mail, e-mail or phone calls.


Other programs coordinated by New Student Orientation include Mountaineer Visitation Days, WVU ’s open house program where prospective students and their families tour campus, meet with faculty and staff, and learn more about admission requirements, majors, financial aid, scholarships, housing and other aspects of student life.


For more information, go tohttp://www.arc.wvu.edu/new_student_orientation/index.htmor call 304-293-2264.