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LU to host New Student Orientation in June and July

Lamar University invites new students planning to enroll in the fall to attend New Student Orientation on June 7, 14, 23 and July 14, 19, 26.  Designed to assist new Lamar students in making a positive adjustment to university life, the event allows those who have been accepted to Lamar to meet with advisors, tour the campus and assemble their class schedules for the fall 2012 semester.

Ashley Spicer-Runnels, director of student development and leadership at Lamar, said attending New Student Orientation is an essential step in college preparation for new students entering Lamar, especially those with fewer than 18 hours including transfer students, dual enrollment students and incoming freshmen.

“The transition from high school to college can be overwhelming for so many reasons,” said Spicer-Runnels.  “One of the main reasons we tell students to come to orientation is to activate their CardinalOne cards and get their schedules; this way they’re not overwhelmed when their classes begin in the fall.  We try to take care of everything here all in one day; this way if new students have any additional questions, they know where to turn.”

In addition to completing fall registration, students who attend orientation events will learn about student services, campus security, financial aid, academic resources, scholarships and campus policies.

“Coming to college is kind of like moving to a new city in some ways, especially for those who will be residents on campus.  What we try to do is to get students familiar with the culture and policies, and what they should expect here at Lamar,” said Spicer-Runnels.

Lamar also invites parents and family members to attend Family Orientation, which will be held concurrently during each New Student Orientation event.

“We’ve created sessions for the family members to help them become acclimated with the school and school policies, so they understand their rights and how they can help their students.  It’s a great way for parents to become familiar with the campus and what we do here, so they can be involved and participate in their child’s education,” said Spicer-Runnels.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. each day, students and their families will check in at the Setzer Student Center where a continental breakfast will be served.  Meet the deans and Financial Aid sessions will be held until 10 a.m., when students and parents will separate for student and family orientations until 5 p.m.

“Each student will have a checklist of things they need to try to accomplish during orientation, so if for some reason not everything is accomplished they’ll know what they need to come back and take care of,” said Spicer-Runnels.  “I always tell people if there’s something you want to do that day, just let us know and we’ll get it done.”

Students attending orientation should plan to stay the whole day, Spicer-Runnels said, and are encouraged to bring their driver’s licenses and any admission documents including vaccination records, test scores and transcripts.  For information concerning placement testing requirements and exemptions of the Texas Success Initiative, contact the LU Center for  College Readiness or visit dept.lamar.edu/collegereadiness.

Orientation fees are $50 for New Student Orientation and $25 for Family Orientation, and include continental breakfast, lunch, orientation materials and a T-shirt.  Fees may be paid online with registration by credit card or through CardinalOne student accounts.  Those planning to attend New Student Orientation and Family Orientation must register at least one week prior to the desired orientation date at lamar.edu/orientation.

For more information, call 880-8085, 880-7832 or visit lamar.edu/orientation.