New student orientation program set

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
May 19, 2009

New students planning to begin their enrollments at Indiana State University this fall will experience an expanded orientation program designed to ensure a successful transition to college life. The two-day program is for students and their families.

“Even for students who may have grown up in the Wabash Valley and have been on campus numerous times over the years, attending new student orientation is essential to enrolling this fall,” said John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications.

The revised orientation program, which now includes an overnight stay in a residence hall, is intended to introduce the entire college experience to new students.

“College is more than preparing for class and doing well academically. Students learn and gain valuable life-experiences by participating in organizations and interacting with people outside the classroom. New student orientation helps students prepare to make the most of their college years,” Beacon said.
    
The ISU campus and the Terre Haute community will welcome new students and their families to town beginning May 26. Orientation sessions are available through the end of June. There are 14 two-day sessions for first-time students and two special sessions for transfer students.
    
“Attending new student orientation is also important because students will spend one-on-one time with their academic advisors,” said Salatha Willis, director of new student programs. “Attending an orientation session is the only way students can register for fall classes. There are also sessions specifically for parents to help them understand how the university works, which will make them better partners in helping us ensure their students’ success.”
    
Advance registration is necessary. Registering now will ensure space in one of the orientation sessions. There is a $70 fee that may be paid by credit card through the ISU new student orientation Web site. Students may also pay by cash, check or credit card on the day of the program but must still register in advance.  

To register for this important program, students admitted to ISU for fall 2009 may call 800-GO-TO-ISU (800-468-6478). Additional information is available at www.indstate.edu by clicking on the “New Student Orientation” link in the quick links section of the home page.   

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Contact: Salatha Willis, director of new student programs, Office of First-Year Programs, Indiana State University, 812-237-8639 or swillis9@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu



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New students planning to begin their enrollments at Indiana State University this fall will experience an expanded orientation program designed to ensure a successful transition to college life. The two-day program is for students and their families. Participation is required for all new students.

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