Orientation Sessions For Incoming Freshmen, Transfer Students Begin June 18

June 7, 2002

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Hundreds of incoming Baylor University freshmen and transfer students will be on campus in June and July for summer orientation, a two-day event designed to help new students learn more about Baylor, meet with advisers to plan their college experience and register for first semester classes.

The two-day orientation sessions begin June 17-18 for transfer students and June 18-19 through July 2-3 for incoming freshman students and their parents. The July 1-2 session is the last meeting for advisement and registration for Baylor's second summer semester, which begins July 3. The first day of fall classes is Aug. 26.

If an incoming freshman or transfer student is unable to attend an orientation session in June or July, a special two-day event will be held Aug. 19-20.

"A great deal of planning has gone into making this event a perfect opportunity for new students and their parents to become more familiar with Baylor, to learn more about academics and campus life and to register for classes," said Joyce Miller, director of academic advisement.

The first day of orientation at Baylor begins with check-in at 8 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. opening session at Waco Hall. Parking is available at Speight Plaza Parking Garage. Orientation activities will include a general overview of Baylor academic programs and campus life, such as:

• Meeting other new students and parents

• Taking required placement tests

• Exploring Baylor's outstanding academic programs

• Participating in interest groups and a resource fair

• Arranging access to Baylor technology resources

• Having your student ID card made

• Visiting model rooms in residence halls

Day two begins with large group meetings at 8:30 a.m. in Kayser Auditorium for students and Bennett Auditorium for parents, during which time students will receive specific instructions about individual appointments with academic advisers. Following the large session, students will attend assigned advising appointments.

During the 30-minute advising appointment, advisers will help students select and register for classes. Incoming freshmen and transfer students attending orientation will receive a complimentary copy of the Baylor Undergraduate Catalog, which lists the classes available during the upcoming academic year and other information about Baylor.

With the fall semester beginning Aug. 26, Baylor's residence halls will open Aug. 21. The university's traditional Welcome Week will be held Aug. 21-25. Other important dates to remember during the fall include Parents Weekend Sept. 20-22, Fall Break Oct. 18-20, Homecoming Oct. 23-27 and the Thanksgiving holidays Nov. 27-Dec. 1.

Information about Baylor orientation can be found online at http://www.baylor.edu/admissions/orientation or by calling (254) 710-3435 or 1-800-BAYLOR-U, option 1-1.

Students can sign up for an orientation session on the web at http://www.baylor.edu/admissions/orientation/freshman_signup.asp. Incoming freshmen and transfers are asked to choose 3 sessions in the order of preference on the registration form, which displays the remaining open sessions. Baylor's Academic Advisement Department will send a confirmation packet notifying students and their families of their assigned date, based on their preferred choices. Special instructions for Freshman Challenge Program students and international students also are available on the web sign up page.

Additional information on academic advisement can be found at http://www.baylor.edu/success_center/advising.htm or by calling 1-800-BAYLOR-U, option 1-3 or (254) 710-3089.

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