Waiting to see an advisor during orientation.
FROM MID-MAY TO EARLY JULY FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS, ALONG WITH THEIR PARENTS, FLOCK TO CAMPUS FOR TWO DAYS OF ORIENTATION.
Parents and students are housed separately, in dorms, and there are separate activities for each. The goal of summer orientation is to make it easier for students to acclimate to the campus when they begin classes in the fall. Students think the best part of the orientation is the chance they have to meet some of their future classmates.
Each day, about 30 students and their parents are introduced to the various aspects of life at the big U. One third of the time is spent at the college, the rest is devoted to learning about the university as a whole. At the college, students and parents get a chance to talk with Morgan Lynge, associate dean for undergraduate affairs; Doris Howard, head academic advisor; Lois Meerdink, director of Commerce placement; and Jane Nathan, director of international programs at the college. There is plenty of time to ask questions about all aspects of campus life.
During orientation, each student has an individual advising session. Placement scores and high school records are reviewed and students are given advice about the courses they should take. The next visit is to the computer lab, to register for classes via U of I Direct, the university's on-line registration system. When students return to campus in August they are completely registered for classes for the fall semester. Changes can still be made at that time if a student wishes. This year marks the end of a long tradition. No more long registration lines in 100 degree heat.