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

Current Deposit and Orientation Data-Upcoming Sessions (as of 1:30pm, May 15)

  • FTIAC students who paid their enrollment deposit - 2575
  • Transfer students who paid their enrollment deposit - 126
  • FTIAC students currently registered for orientation - 2343
  • Transfer students currently registered for orientation - 80

Spring Transfer Orientation Recap

We hosted 319 new students and their families for Transfer Orientation on April 12, April 26, May 3, and May 10. The newly modified schedule provided new students with the opportunity to connect with Transfer Orientation Mentors, a newly created student leadership position. We distributed a post-orientation survey to these students and the initial assessment data is encouraging: 

  • 91% of students indicated they had an"Excellent" or "Good" overall impression of orientation. 6 total students indicated a "fair" experience, and 1 student a "Poor" experience.
  • 86% of students felt that orientation increased their understanding of academic expectations.
  • 92% of students indicated that an orientation staff member helped them feel more connected to CMU.

Despite the positive feedback, we are working hard to compile all feedback, including the critical feedback, to inform program improvement. A full Spring 2019 Transfer Orientation assessment report will be developed in the coming weeks. 

New Student Orientation Schedules LIVE

New Student Orientation Dates

Please consider the following dates in terms of staffing and campus coordination.

Spring/Summer Offerings

  • May 13 – May 24: Orientation Staff Training Dates
  • May 28: Freshman Only
  • May 29: Freshman Only
  • May 30: Freshman Only
  • June 4: Freshman Only
  • June 5: Freshman Only
  • June 6: Freshman Only 
  • June 11: Freshman Only
  • June 12: Freshman Only
  • June 13: Freshman Only
  • June 18: Freshman Only
  • June 19: Freshman Only
  • June 20: Freshman Only
  • June 21: Transfer Only

July/August Offerings

  • July 11: Transfer Only
  • July 25: Freshman Only
  • August 9: Transfer Only
  • August 22: Transfer & Freshman
  • August 23: Transfer & Freshman

New Student Welcome and Campus Life 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.