CSU, Chico News

Summer Orientation Begins Today For New Students

Date: 06-15-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s award-winning Summer Orientation program begins today for the first of 20 sessions for new students enrolling this fall.

As of this week, 2,020 new students and 1,419 accompanying family members had signed up for one of the sessions taking place in June or July.

Changes this summer include more sessions and information geared for transfer students, who constitute a higher percentage of sign-ups than in prior years, Orientation Coordinator Rebecca Berner said. One emphasis is to get more transfers to think about the benefits of getting involved in clubs, activities and programs like Study Abroad, she added.

To date, the overall number of sign-ups for summer orientation is down from last year, Berner said, though she expects more sign-ups to come. In particular, she is seeing fewer parents and family members signed up. She thinks the economy, the higher number of transfer students as opposed to freshmen, and the relatively recent Preview Day for prospective students and parents April 10 could be responsible.

Much of the program’s success stems from the contributions of the student staff, Berner said. Two student co-leaders plus 26 other student staff members lead tours and activities, present information and answer questions. The students are recruited in the fall and take a class in the spring to train for the position.

In 2008, student staff won two awards at the National Orientation Directors Association regional meeting in Anaheim. In 2004, the Summer Orientation program received a High Quality Learning Environments award from CSU, Chico’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. CSU, Chico has had summer orientation for more than 30 years.