New Student and Family Programs
OTR (Orientation, Transition and Retention) Central - July 2019

Remaining Orientation Sessions

The remaining Orientation Sessions, July 25, August 22, and August 23 each have a unique schedule to reflect nuances of the particular date. 

  • July 25, a program that will serve predominantly freshmen students, will make use of Plachta Auditorium to account for the size of the group. Click here for the PDF agenda.
  • August 22, will serve both freshmen and transfer students. We are also excited to announce a partnership with International Student Scholar Services, whereby new international students will attend this orientation date as part of their on-boarding process. Click here for the PDF agenda.
  • August 23, to account for New Student Convocation, the schedule for the day is modified. Click here for the PDF agenda.
NOTE: Although included in previous, internal communications, there will not be an orientation session on August 9th. Our final three programs will accommodate the projected number of new students and their families.

Inside the Orientation Numbers

Through 18 New Student Orientation Sessions, (6 transfer and 12 freshmen specific), our campus has welcomed a total of 2,788 new students and 3,322 family members. 

Friday, April 12
Friday, April 26​
​Friday, May 3
​Friday, May 10
​Tuesday, May 28
​Wednesday, May 29
​Thursday, May 30
​Tuesday, June 4
​Wednesday, June 5
​Thursday, June 6
​Tuesday, June 11
​Wednesday, June 12
​Thursday, June 13
​Tuesday, June 18
Wednesday, June 19​
​Thursday, June 20
Friday, June 21
​Thursday, July 11

Freshmen Student Total:
​Transfer Student Total:

Although our numbers shift on a daily basis, our current projections for the remaining July and August Orientation programs are as follows:

​Thursday, July 25 (FR)
​5 transfer
​169 freshmen
​Thursday, August 22 (FR/TR)
​39 freshmen
​60 transfer
​Friday, August 23 (FR/TR)

​25 freshmen
​22 transfer

​Projected Freshmen Student
​Projected Transfer Student

Measuring Success for the 2019 Cycle

As communicated throughout the spring term, the Office of Student Success worked collaboratively with numerous campus stakeholders to make adjustments to the orientation program. Upon the conclusion of each week, we distributed an electronic survey to both students and supporters. Some highlights from the quantitative data include are as follows. 

Freshmen Student Orientation


We are excited to announce some adjustments to what was formerly referred to as "Campus and Community Life Orientation." We are re-branding to "New Student Welcome," a series of University-sponsored programming. The components of the week that are required for new students to attend is being referred to as "Campus Life Orientation. The first required program is New Student Convocation, and then students will attend the three programs associated with Campus Life Orientation (No Zebras, College Life and Safety, and Campus Diversity and Inclusion). The major shift is that students will attend these three programs by residential area (North, South, East, and Towers). The programs will occur in the John G. Kulhavi Event Center. 

New Student Welcome Week
Campus Life Orientation
August 2019

Fall Move-In
Thursday, August 22
For those not attending IMPACT or Leadership Safari, residence halls officially open at 9:00 a.m. Get ready to get settled in your new home away from home!

Thursday, August 22
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Finch Fieldhouse

Receive tons of free giveaways at MAINSTAGE - an annual tradition to kick off the fall semester! Registered Student Organizations (RSO), including fraternities and sororities, along with Mt. Pleasant businesses will be in attendance to connect and welcome thousands of CMU students with food, games, prizes, and more.

New Student Convocation
Friday, August 23
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
John G. Kulhavi Event Center

New Student Convocation is your opportunity to learn about and get fired up about CMU's traditions. While this event is the start of your academic career, in a matter of a few short years, you will be walking across it at graduation!

Campus Life Orientation
Friday, August 23 & Saturday, August 24

To continue your onboarding as a new student, you are required to attend three programs including: "No Zebras, No Excuses", "College Life & Safety", and "Campus Diversity and Inclusion". These three programs offer valuable insight into transitioning to college life, developing healthy relationships, and understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion.

Campus Clarity

CMU is committed to developing a caring and supportive culture for our students. That's why all new undergraduate students are required to take Campus Clarity's Think About It, an online training module. The training will be sent to your email – take it before classes begin!

First Day of Class
Monday, August 26

It's all been leading to this - your official start as a CMU student! Be sure to read your syllabus carefully and plan out your semester the first week of classes.