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New Students Get Oriented at UW

June 8, 2010
Three students
Summer Orientation - Jacob Williams (Castle Rock, Colo.), Kelsie Edwards (Cheyenne) and Alison Donelan (Loveland, Colo.) participate in orientation activities at the University of Wyoming. Students can meet with academic advisers, register for classes, meet other new students, obtain their campus identification cards and learn to navigate the student portal system.

New Student Orientation is under way at the University of Wyoming, as incoming students and their parents spend time learning about what UW has to offer.

UW expects more than 1,700 new freshmen and transfer students to attend an orientation session by the end of June, says Noah Buckley, director of admissions.

Every June, the UW Admissions Office offers three one-day sessions for transfer and nontraditional students, and eight two-day sessions for traditional freshmen along with a special session for students admitted to the Honors Program. Each session is limited to 180 new students and some programs are already filled up.

Students and their families from across the country attend orientation. Special orientation programming for new international students and graduate students will take place before classes start in August.

New Student Orientation gives students an opportunity to find out about campus life from current UW students and receive information about UW's services, Pepper Jo Six, UW associate director of admissions, says. Students can meet with academic advisers, register for classes, meet other new students, get their campus identification card and learn to navigate the WyoWeb student portal system.

"We cram a lot into a day-and-a-half," Six says. "Students and parents often leave with a sense of information overload, but also a feeling that they are making a great decision. Our goal is to make students and their families feel like this is the right place for them and that they are as prepared as possible to set foot on campus this fall."

UW encourages parents to attend programs to help their students through the transition to college. Sometimes parents are helped by an orientation as much as their children, says David Cozzens, UW dean of students.

"Parents' roles in student's success is crucial, their encouragement and support lay a firm foundation for attaining collegiate fulfillment. Orientation helps parents to be involved when necessary and to step aside when appropriate."

Students admitted late to UW and those who haven't signed up for an orientation session are encouraged to do so soon. For those who cannot attend June orientation, information on how to be advised and register will be provided.

For more information about New Student Orientation at the University of Wyoming, call the UW Admissions Office at 800-DIAL-WYO (800-342-5996) or visit


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