News • June 21, 2021

Orientation prepares new students for fall semester

Orientation prepares new students for fall semester

Riverside, Calif. (June 21, 2021) – New incoming students attended New Student Orientation at California Baptist University on June 21 in preparation for the 2021 fall semester. 

About 300 first-year and transfer students attended the event along with their parents.

Throughout the day, students and parents heard information about CBU’s purpose, housing, meal plans and financial aid. They also received a glimpse of the resources and experiences available on campus. 

Daniel Garcia, assistant director of new student programs, said the orientation provided the incoming students an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of CBU from staff, faculty and current students.

“The purpose of NSO is for new students to learn more about CBU as an institution and how to navigate their journey as a student,” Garcia said. “Our hope is that this process will clearly outline their next steps and bring excitement and confidence as they prepare for the coming semester.”

Brycen McGowan, from Corona, California, chose CBU because of its engineering program. He plans to pursue mechanical engineering. 

“I learned a lot about campus life and how seriously they take getting everyone connected not just with other students but also with the faculty members,” McGowan said. “I’m really excited to study my major, to dive in and learn.”

His mom, Jennifer McGowan, said the presentations reassured her that he is at the right place.

“It was great to hear the practical aspects of what’s available for them on campus. I loved all the apps that they have to make it really easy for students to get connected and know what’s going on,” Jennifer said. “The intentionality of their mission and their heart for this next generation, it’s just really encouraging.”

Tatiana Johnson, from Corona, will pursue biology. She acknowledged it is difficult for her to ask for help, but the presenters made her feel that it is OK to ask.

“I’m looking forward to meeting new people and having a really good education and focusing on what I need to do in order to succeed in life,” Johnson said.

“I loved the resources that they have for the students,” her mom, Theresa Johnson, said. “She is able to go and talk with somebody and know that there are mentors here and other people to help her. She’s not alone.” 

Sailor Boden, from Canyon Lake, California, will pursue business administration. She chose CBU because her brother goes here.

“I’m really excited to get started on my future and have things more geared to what I want to do as a career and have faith included in my education,” Boden said.

Orientation will be offered two more times before the start of the fall semester. Students who are unable to attend have the option to complete an online orientation. Go to New Student Orientation for more information.

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Vice President for Marketing and Communication:
Angela Meluski

8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504