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TWU 2005 Summer Orientation Sessions attract record numbers, Final 2005 freshmen orientation scheduled Aug. 4 - 5


DENTON – After two well-attended sessions earlier this summer, Texas Woman’s University prepares to welcome a record number of students to its final freshmen orientation session scheduled for Aug. 4 - 5.

“Based on our pre-registration numbers, this will be our largest summer orientation ever,” said Dr. Richard Nicholas, TWU vice president for student life. “We have already had nearly 500 students register during our first three sessions in June and July, and more than 280 students are signed up for our final session.”

During the two-day orientation Aug. 4 and 5, TWU will provide a wide range of services and information for new students, including individual advising and class registration for their first semester of class, which is done entirely online through their TWU web portal account.

“We also help students learn about campus resources, academic expectations and student clubs and organizations,” said Heather Speed, director of TWU’s Center for Student Development. “Orientation gives the students a chance to make friends and meet other students, faculty and staff."

Speed said that most of the scheduled attendees are from Texas, though students from Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Illinois and Oregon are registered to attend the August orientation.

According to Speed, one of the most popular and informative sessions during orientation is the academic advising session led by Lana Woods, director of TWU’s Academic Advising Center.

“This session is attended by all students and their parents,” Speed said. “Important information is given about the advising process and the reality of how academic performance impacts academic planning.”

Speed said another popular session is the organization fair, which offers students the opportunity to visit with more than 100 student organizations and resources on campus.

“Students and their parents really seem to enjoy the opportunity to learn more about what goes on at the campus,” Speed said.

According to Dr. Nicholas, nearly all students bring at least one parent as their guest to orientation. Parents of new students can attend orientation sessions specifically designed for them. Some of the topics covered include health, safety and financial aid.

Dr. Nicholas leads a session for parents called “Letting Go Without Letting Go,” which addresses the changing relationship between students and parents when students go to college.

“We discuss how parents and TWU can work together to make each student successful,” Dr. Nicholas said.

After orientation, freshmen and new TWU students are automatically registered for TWU’s Pioneer Camp, a four-day introduction to TWU that consists of recreational activities, volunteer opportunities, informational sessions, and social gatherings. Pioneer Camp is scheduled Aug. 24 - Aug 28.

TWU’s fall 2005 semester begins on Monday, Aug. 29. Official TWU enrollment numbers, including the number of freshmen and transfer students, will be available after the twelfth class day in mid September.

For fall 2004, TWU experienced an all-time enrollment record of 10,737 students, the fifth consecutive semester of double-digit enrollment growth at TWU.


For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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