DENVER - On most Fridays this summer, groups of students clutching maps and participating in orientation could be spotted on the Denver Campus with Auraria. Many are new students about to begin their studies here. They're often accompanied by parents, other family members or a friend.
While orientation has been a long-standing offering at CU Denver, for the first time, first-time freshmen now are required to participate so that they can meet with their academic advisor and register for first-semester courses.
“This year, we moved to mandatory orientation to ensure that all of our incoming freshmen received the same consistent information in order to ensure success in the first year while starting early to build community,” said Raul Cardenas, Jr., associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs.
So far this summer, more than 900 students accompanied by nearly as many parents, family members or friends have participated in half-a-dozen new student orientations. Tomorrow's (July 26) session is the final date before classes start on Aug. 19. Sessions geared to transfer and graduate students also have been offered.
Sam Kim, Student Affairs, who oversees orientation, noted that this year’s incoming class of first-year students is on track to set a record for the largest class in CU Denver's history.
In a letter to new students, Provost Rod Nairn wrote, “We are here to help you discover your passions and succeed in becoming who you really are. CU Denver is truly exciting place to be. Take the time to explore Denver and find out what this vibrant city and the neighboring Front Range can offer you. Your faculty and administration are working to establish and enhance partnerships with Downtown and Colorado communities in an effort to provide internship and other real-world learning opportunities for you.”
To help aclimate students to the campus offerings, both academically and more broadly, the one-day orientation activities cover:
• Introduction to campus resources and policies.
• Opportunity to meet with other CU Denver students.
• Campus tours and other welcoming activities.
• Information regarding student rights and responsibilities
• Tuition and financial aid
• Immunization requirements
• Personal and campus safety information
• Housing options including Campus Village
• Activities and events
• Sports, clubs and organizations
Welcome to our new students!