Tuesday, June 21, 2016

UNO Freshmen Orientation Sessions Provide Valuable Answers and Experiences for Incoming Students

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How do I register for classes? Where will I live? What will my major be? Am I really ready for college-level coursework?

More than 500 incoming University of New Orleans freshmen have visited the Lakefront campus in recent weeks, carrying these and other questions with them. Over two, two-day sessions—June 8-9 and June 14-15—UNO faculty, staff and students have sought to answer many of these daunting questions and provide a meaningful glimpse into what the next few years might look like.

With the enthusiastic help of UNO’s Orientation Leaders—more than two dozen enrolled student leaders dedicated to assisting incoming students with the transition to UNO’s academic and student life—students were introduced to the ins and outs of campus dining, housing, financial aid, Greek life and student leadership opportunities.

They met with advisers, got their IDs, heard from the Registrar and learned about study abroad opportunities. And, since the orientation requires an overnight in a campus dorm, they also got time to socialize at a Late Night at the Rec function, held at the UNO Recreation & Fitness Center—a fun time to hang out, snack and get to know future classmates.

Christy Heaton, director of orientation and first year programs, said there was something for everyone. And despite the large numbers of participating freshmen, organizers make sure everyone is offered a chance to make the kinds of personal connections critical for long-term success: Students were divided into smaller groups of 20 to 25 students and each group had three to four Orientation Leaders assigned to help guide them.

“Although our orientation programs are big, students are getting a small group experience where they can connect to each other and orientation leaders,” Heaton said.

The next freshman orientation session is scheduled for July 13-14, with orientation for transfer students planned June 22 and July 20.

Regular classes begin August 17.

See UNO’s full academic calendar for important dates and deadlines. Also check out Privateer Enrollment Center, your one-stop shop for enrollment questions and services.