New Student and Family Programs
OTR (Orientation, Transition and Retention) Central - January 2020


Spring Orientation Recap

We are pleased to report the successful implementation of the 2019-2020 Spring Orientation sessions:
  • November 15, 2019: 63 students, 42 family members
  • December 13, 2019: 49 students, 34 family members
  • January 9, 2020: 44 domestic st., 12 international st., 23 family members
By January 14th, we will have offered “Orientation Exceptions” to 8 students total, who were absolutely unable to attend any of the Spring Orientation sessions. This included students who were admitted late in the cycle, international students, and a variety of valid reasons for not being able to attend a full orientation day. The Orientation Exception required students to attend a 30 minute resource presentation, and then to meet with their respective college advising department.

2020 Orientation Dates “Live”

On Monday, January 13th, we activated the online registration system for the 2020 orientation season. In coordination with Admissions and University Communication, we initiated a campaign for students who submitted their enrollment deposit fee of $175 in the fall semester, inviting students to complete their academic profile and register for orientation. 

View the 2020 New Student Orientation dates and a listing of frequently asked questions

NOTE: Only dates through June are available for students at this time. We hope to fill the April – June dates, and then begin to release availability into July and August once the dates are full. If students communicate with you that they cannot attend any of the listed dates, please direct them to the Orientation office (989-774-6629).


2020 Student Mentor Applications

The applications for Orientation Mentor position are now live! These roles are critical to the experience our University offers to new students and supporters attending the orientation programs this spring and summer. We need your help recruiting students to consider these roles.
  • Promote to Students: Please consider sending the short description and link to specific students, student orgs, or email lists you have access to promote.
    • The Office of Student Success seeks to assemble a diverse team of talented student leaders to take on the important role of assisting new students and families in their transition to the Central Michigan University community! Orientation Mentors offer leadership through our comprehensive orientation program and gain valuable transferable skills. Apply for an Orientation Mentor position! Deadline: Friday, January 24th by 11:45 p.m.

  • Nominate a Student: We have created a nomination link for faculty, staff, and current/former Orientation Mentors. Nominated students will receive a personal email informing them that they have been nominated and that they are encouraged to apply. NOTE: Candidates will not be given preferred consideration if nominated. 


Orientation Registration & Academic Profile Update

In partnership with all six undergraduate academic colleges as well as the Office of Information Technology, we successfully implemented a content update to the New Student Orientation Portal. Specifically, new students are asked a series of questions prior to registering for an orientation date to assist academic advisors in building a course schedule. The questions now match to a new one-page academic profile with math and English placement reflected on the same page.


Admissions: Fire Up Friday Recruitment Program

Fire Up Friday events are designed for students who have already applied and been admitted to CMU. These programs provide students and their parents with a program and tour specifically tailored for incoming freshman, including information on academic and curriculum, housing, financial aid, and the CMU experience. Lunch and a walking tour are also included.  

  • Event Dates: February 21, March 20 and 27, April 3
  • WebsiteMore information on Fire Up Fridays
  • Special Note: This program is not a required program, but is intended to assist in student decision-making and excitement. Students are still required to attend a New Student Orientation in May, June, July, or August.   


August 2020: New Student Convocation & Campus Life 101

The following program line-up has been finalized for August 2020. Residential students are required to attend Campus Life 101 by residential area.  In addition to increasing sense of belonging to the University, the Campus Life 101 programs hope to achieve the following goals: 

  • Introduce students to the academic rigor and strong faculty support through New Student Convocation;
  • Provide students with critical information about campus safety and well-being;
  • Present students with the concepts of consent and healthy relationships;
  • Ensure students understand reporting as shaped by the Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity;
  • Initiate student learning on social responsibility and learning to engage across difference.
Friday, August 28
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -- New Student Convocation (McGuirk Arena)   
Campus Life Orientation (Required for new students. Held by residential area)
  • 2 :00 - 4:00 p.m.
    • South @ Plachta - No Zebreas, No Excuses
    • Towers @ McGuirk - College Life & Safety, Diversity & Inclusion
  • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    • East @ Plachta - No Zebreas, No Excuses
    • North @ McGuirk - College Life & Safety, Diversity & Inclusion
Saturday, August 29
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    • Towers @ Plachta - No Zebreas, No Excuses
    • South @ McGuirk - College Life & Safety, Diversity & Inclusion
  • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    • North @ Plachta - No Zebreas, No Excuses
    • East @ McGuirk - College Life & Safety, Diversity & Inclusion
4:00 p.m. - Mainstatge (Strongly encouraged, but not required for new students)   


ON-GOING: Call For Content in Family Facebook Group and Newsletter

The Engagement and Employability Study at CMU found that 88% of students reported talking to family members about campus involvements, with 65% indicating if their family did not support organizational choice they would not continue involvement. This presents family members as vital influencers of how students choose involvements and make meaning of those experiences. Parent and Family Services, a function of the Office of Student Success works with University Communications to produce a monthly e-newsletter to parents and supporters of CMU students. Additionally, a University-wide group of campus leaders serve as the moderators for a new Facebook group for parents and supporters

We recently launched the Parent and Family Services Newsletter & Facebook Content Submission Request Form, an on-going form that we will use to collect submissions for content for either the newsletter or the Facebook group. We have a content calendar and are happy to promote your programs, services, and events to family members throughout the year.