Incoming students have questions and New Student Orientation has answers. About 170 students and 100 parents have taken part or will take part in each of six freshman orientation sessions leading up to fall semester on the Denver Campus.
In addition to answering some common questions, Peggy Lore, assistant vice chancellor of student success, said the event offers academic advising in the afternoon in the various advising offices. And, if they haven’t already yet, students can then register on campus or go home and register online.
Students attending orientation can meet with financial aid advisors, tour the campus, and/or tour housing in Campus Village. Information tables from a number of student affairs offices, financial aid, campus health center, recreation, CU online are on hand for students and their parents.
“Orientation enables students to gather resources, meet staff, get questions answered, pay their bills, get their ID after the register and buy books,” Lore explains.
Student Services will also offer a “fall welcome” on Aug. 17 for new transfers, graduate students, non-degree students, etc. “Typically 200-plus students and guests come to that event,” Lore says. The number of attendees is fewer than freshman orientation because several schools and colleges hold separate welcoming events. Another welcome event is held in January for students admitted for spring.
What can students expect at orientation?
- Welcome to the UC Denver community and highlights of UC Denver history and current activities
- Opportunities for student engagement in curricular (ex. Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and co-curricular events ( various speakers/events are previewed by Student Activities), student clubs and organizations, student government and Study Abroad
- Academic expectations/ways to be successful as student (usually delivered by a faculty)
- Campus safety
- Financial aid and scholarship opportunities
- Overview of the multi-institutional nature of the campus
- Logistics (student ID, parking)
- Resource fair with an opportunity to meet staff from various offices
“For the welcome events for other students, we have a welcome address with highlights of what’s happening at UC Denver,” Lore says. Provost Roderick Nairn is scheduled to speak at the Aug. 17 event.
Freshmen typically receive flyers alerting them to orientation in late March, mid-April. “Students can start registering once they receive these flyers and the info is posted on the orientation website,” Lore says. Two orientation sessions remain: the July 16 session is full, but freshmen can still register for the Aug. 18 session. For the fall welcome, students receive info in July and for the spring welcome students get info in December.
Lore has been coordinating orientation for the past 10 years. She notes that as our freshmen numbers have grown, orientation has expanded from an hour and half info session to an all morning initiation leading into registration and advising. “UC Denver has responded to the change in student population that now includes more traditional age students – more than 1,000 for the past few years – and parents,” Lore says. “We seek to continually improve.”
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