First Marshall orientation session set for June 16

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The first group of four day-long New Student Orientation sessions at Marshall University will take place June 16-19 on the Huntington campus. Orientation also is planned July 14-17 and Aug. 6-7.

About 2,000 new freshmen and transfer students are expected to participate in the orientation sessions this summer, said Dr. Beth Wolfe, MU’s director of recruitment. Registration is closed for all four June dates, and July 14, 15 and 17, but some openings remain on the other dates (July 16, and both days in August).

Students who have been admitted for fall 2015 and have paid their $100 enrollment deposit are eligible to register for a New Student Orientation session. If they are not sure if they have paid the deposit, they need to call the Bursar’s Office at 304-696-6620. They can check to see if it has been paid, and, if not, can make the payment over the phone.

The orientation sessions are designed to get students started on the path to success as Marshall students.

“Orientation is a key part of setting the stage for success for our incoming students,” Wolfe said. “There are so many tasks students need to complete before the semester begins or (they) risk falling behind very quickly. With orientation, we walk them through these processes, step by step, while introducing them to faculty and staff who will become very important in their academic lives.”

Wolfe said orientation is important to the new students and their parents. A program specifically designed for parents is available, she said.

“I think the students and their families really appreciate that they can take care of everything they need to do to prepare for the fall semester, from registering for classes and buying their books to getting their student ID and parking permit, all at one time,” Wolfe said. “They leave here excited about the start of classes and relieved that all they have left to do is pack.”

Each session of orientation is a full-day program, lasting from check-in at 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call the orientation office at 304-696-2354 or 800-438-5392.