CBU kicks off new student orientation for fall semester
Riverside, Calif. (May 14, 2018) – The 2018 fall semester at California Baptist University is still more than a 100 days away. However, new incoming freshmen were eagerly preparing for their upcoming college career on May 14 at New Student Orientation.
More than 280 students, along with their parents, registered to attend the first orientation for the fall semester at CBU.
The day offers benefits for both students and parents, said Jay Stovall, director of new student programs.
“Students benefit because they are able to start making steps towards the journey God has in place for them,” Stovall said. “Parents benefit because we have specific programming that equips them to help their students’ transition to college.”
Dustin Lowe, director of undergraduate admissions, said orientation is an opportunity for students to take their first step in their college career.
“Students have the opportunity to receive clarity on all final steps to become a Lancer,” Lowe said.
Throughout the day, students and parents received information about student services, financial aid and CBU’s mission and purpose. The students also had the opportunity to register for classes and obtain their student ID cards.
Marissa Sannipoli, an incoming photography freshman, said she selected CBU for its Christian values. Her mom, Janet, is thankful for the college choice.
“We’ve been to campus several times now and every time I come, it just confirms her decision to come here,” Janet Sannipoli said. “There’s nowhere else like CBU.”
Sarah Munoz, a Menifee, California, resident, will be a liberal arts freshman.
“When I first stepped on campus, I felt at home and that God put me here, Munoz said. “I’m excited to be independent and find my own path.”
Her mom, Veronica Munoz, said she appreciated hearing during orientation that college is an adjustment for both the students and the parents.
“I feel more confident in her decision to come here,” Veronica Munoz said. “It’s time for their own journey, and [orientation] helps us as parents prepare for that journey with them.”
Orientation will be offered six more times for first-time students and five for transfer students before the start of the fall semester. Students who live more than four hours away have the option to experience a Virtual Orientation.