Early Fall Orientation Begins At CBU
Riverside, Calif. (May 12, 2016) – Months before the fall semester starts, incoming freshmen were already strolling on campus at California Baptist University, registering for classes, learning about the university and getting to know each other.
More than 220 students, along with their parents, registered to attend the New Student Orientation on May 9.
Heather Hubbert, assistant dean of students-assessment and student conduct, said that offering orientation in spring helps both the student and their parents adjust to college life sooner.
"We're trying to create the best experience for students and their families. By giving them some of the orientation information earlier, they are better prepared," she said. "We want them to feel welcomed and a part of the community from the moment they get here."
Throughout the day, students and parents heard information about housing, meal plans, financial aid and CBU's purpose. The students also registered for classes and received their ID card.
Allen Johnson, dean of admissions, said another advantage to early orientation is the connections that are made.
Makenna Young, of Valencia, Calif., agreed.
"[Meeting fellow students] makes me more excited about coming here and it gives me something to really look forward to," said Makenna, who will be a liberal studies major.
"I'm looking forward to getting her all set up," said her dad, Will. "This is our oldest, so it's our first experience at this."
Orientation will be offered six times for first-time students and four for transfer and non-recent graduates before the fall semester. A final orientation is also held before classes start for international students and other students who could not attend during the summer. CBU also offers Welcome Weekend, a weekend filled with activities to help freshmen and transfer students become familiar with CBU.