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Release: June 11, 1999

UI freshman orientation program begins June 14

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Freshman summer orientation and registration at the University of Iowa starts Monday, June 14 and continues through July. The program, which will attract about 425 students and 600-700 parents to campus in nine sessions, is designed to get students off to a good start in their first year in college, organizers say. The orientation program is required, and students who don't sign up for a session this summer must attend a program the week before school starts in August. Most attend the summer sessions.

While at the UI, new students attend one program while their parents attend another. Students take placement tests in math and foreign language, meet with their academic advisors, and learn how to use the university’s computerized registration system while actually registering for their fall courses. In the evening, they attend discussion sessions on student life issues such as safety, alcohol, and roommates. The Student Orientation Advisers program helps conduct the sessions because upperclass university students are the best people to help orient new students, organizers say. The new students meet in small groups with these current students for the two days.

Parents, meanwhile, attend sessions designed to acquaint them with the university, including the academic life, health, wellness, and safety issues, what it’s like to live in a residence hall, and the various services available to students. They also attend a discussion session with a panel of second- and third-year students.

On the second day of the program, both students and parents attend an information fair where representatives from a variety of university offices and organizations will provide information on a wide variety of subjects affecting student life. Many students and parents stay overnight in the residence halls for a first taste of residence hall life.

The summer program begins Monday, June 14 at 11:30 am in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union with an opening address by President Mary Sue Coleman.