CSU, Chico News

Summer Orientation Kicks Off, Draws Up to 300 to Campus Daily

Date: 06-11-2013

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Rebecca Berner
Academic Advising Programs

A six-week program aimed at helping new students transition to college life kicked off today at California State University, Chico.

Summer Orientation, or Summer O, welcomes freshmen and transfer students and their parents and guests for an in-depth look at University life, course planning and campus resources. The daylong sessions run Monday through Thursday until July 18 and reach about 300 students and parents each day.

During the orientation, students meet representatives from a wide array of programs on campus, learn about general education requirements and receive faculty advising in their major. Summer O students also get assistance in shaping a course schedule and registering for fall 2013 classes. They spend the day with others in their major and get tours of on-campus housing facilities.

A separate orientation program for parents and guests provides information and resources to help them support their students throughout their years at CSU, Chico.

This year, the University is offering a special daylong program in Spanish for parents and guests on Monday, July 1. The student session that day will be offered in English only.

To help incoming freshman transition to college life, CSU, Chico offers a specially designed block of courses called the First-Year Experience emphasizing academic and civic engagement and social well-being. A new offering this year is the U-Course, a combined English and political science course featuring a nontraditional learning environment, close interaction with fellow students and faculty, and an emphasis on social learning.

This and other first-year courses will be explained to incoming freshman and transfer students during one-on-one advising sessions, said Rebecca Berner, summer orientation coordinator and advisor.

“Orientation is a great way for students to learn about the resources available to them on campus, as well as receive direct faculty advising and to meet other students in their major,” Berner said. “We’ve seen that early contact with faculty members helps students get on the right track. It’s the difference between driving around with a road map and driving without one.”

The daily program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with check-in starting at 8 a.m.

For more information, visit http://ems.csuchico.edu/AAP/SummerOrientation/Information/home.html.