CSU, Chico News

Summer Orientation for New Students Begins June 9

Date: 05-28-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s Summer Orientation (Summer O!) program begins Tuesday, June 9, with the first of 23 daylong sessions aimed at easing new students’ transition to university life.

During Summer O!, new incoming freshmen and transfer students pair up with faculty in their major for help choosing and registering for courses. They are also introduced to important facets of campus life, including the Chico State Career Center, study abroad programs, financial aid offices, service opportunities and the Student Learning Center.

“It’s a really valuable experience and can help make the transition to university life that much easier,” said Summer O! Coordinator and Adviser Rebecca Berner.

Distinct programs are offered for incoming freshman and transfer students, and sessions are distinguished by major. In addition to academics, students explore campus values like civic engagement, sustainability and diversity through activities led by peer advisers.

A separate program for parents and guests, offered concurrently, provides information and resources to help them support their student throughout his or her years at CSU, Chico.

Berner said for the third consecutive year, the University will offer a session for Spanish-speaking parents and guests July 20. (All student programs are offered in English.)

Summer O! is not a requirement for new students but is recommended, she said. Last year, about 90 percent of incoming freshmen and 75 percent of transfer students participated in Summer O!

Sessions run Monday through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with check-in starting at 8 a.m. To learn more, please visit http://ems.csuchico.edu/AAP/SummerOrientation/Information/home.html.