PULLMAN, Wash. – More than 2,000 new students and 1,600 parents are expected to attend nine orientation sessions this summer as part of the Alive! program at Washington State University.
According to organizers, sessions begin June 17, but students can still register for later sessions that begin July 17, 22, 27 and 31. The two-day sessions are $125 for students and $115 for parents, with financial aid available to those who qualify. To register, log on to the WSU home page at www.wsu.edu, and follow the “Alive!” link.
Terese King, director of New Student Programs, said the focus of the program is to help students with their transition from high school to WSU and college in general. Parents and students can get information about resources on campus that can help students succeed, she said.
While attending Alive!, students and parents will learn about college costs, admissions, academic expectations, faculty advising, time scheduling and experience a classroom environment. They will participate in a variety of interest workshops that deal with living options, financial aid and college costs.
Participants will receive a campus tour that includes academic buildings as well as the Student Recreation Center, French Administration Building, Lighty Student Services Building and the “Bookie.”
Students will learn how to register for classes and can actually register for fall semester. Most students also take their writing placement exam, and about half of them take their math placement exam, King said. Photos for Cougar Cards (student identification cards) can also be taken.
A skit, “Transitions,” will show participants a typical “day in the life” of a WSU freshman and highlights some of the highs and lows of attending any college. Students will then follow-up with their Alive! counselors to discuss any concerns.
Last year, more than 85 percent of the freshman class attended the program with similar numbers expected this year.
For more information, contact King at (509) 335-4242.