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Orientation 2015 New Student Sessions

What is New Student Orientation?

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New Student Orientation is a summer orientation program for first-year ACU students and their parents. All entering students, freshmen and transfers, are required to attend one of the summer orientation sessions.

Registration for Orientation 2015 will open on April 7.​

Session I: June 15 - 16 (placement and CLEP testing available on June 14)

Session II: June 29 - 30 (placement and CLEP testing available on June 28)

Transfer Students: July 20 (placement and CLEP testing available on July 21)

Session III: August 17 Preferred session for out-of-state and international students (placement and CLEP
testing available on August 16)


Why must students attend?
Meet fellow students. Take assessments that affirm your academic major or help you discover a potential major. Finalize your fall schedule. Meet faculty and staff from your area of academic interest. Reserve your books for the fall semester. Meet residential life staff. Complete important academic and student life business (ID card, parking permit, and more). Attend informative sessions concerning financial aid, academic and student life programs, and services. Have your questions answered about courses, spiritual life, billing or anything else you can think of!
Should parents attend?
We have special sessions designed to introduce parents and family members to ACU, as well as assist them in preparing for the challenges and changes as a result of a student's enrollment in a university. Parents often have many questions regarding their student's new experiences, and sessions are designed to offer answers in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. While some sessions will be student/parent sessions, others will run concurrent to the student sessions. It is important that parents plan to attend these parent-only sessions. Parents attending in years past have found their sessions to be informative and helpful.
Who will help me decide on a major and my class schedule?
Advising is a central component of your ACU experience, because it promotes the achievement of your educational and personal goals. At orientation, you'll learn about the core curriculum and specific majors. If you aren't sure about your major, you'll have the opportunity to begin exploring your options by attending academic department meetings of your choice. Every student can sign up for comprehensive advising through both department and individual advising sessions. However, all students can interact with advisors prior to attending New Student Orientation. On Tuesday morning, freshmen will have the chance to meet one-on-one with their academic advisor to finalize their fall schedule. These meetings are not required, but available to any student wanting or needing an advising appointment. These meetings are for students only. Please plan to be on campus until noon on Tuesday.
Is a health record required?
A completed Student Immunization Form with record of immunization for Meningitis, MMR, and Tetanus as well as a completed TB screening questionnaire is required and should be submitted by July 31 to the Admissions Office, at the address on the form. Failure to submit a completed health record will result in the student being dropped from all registered classes and will prevent registration for classes until the Form is received.
What about students with disabilities?
ACU is committed to full participation of parents or students with disabilities. If you have any disability-related needs for orientation, please contact the Admissions Office at 800-460-6228. All services to students with disabilities are coordinated through Alpha Scholars Program. Please contact an Alpha representative at 325-674-2275 or jss00c@acu.edu.
What is the cost?
The orientation fee of $200 covers both New Student Orientation and the Wildcat Week programs. This fee includes the Discovery Program, lunch and refreshment breaks. It also helps to cover some of the costs related to programming and materials for students and parents. Students do not need to send in any money; the orientation fee is a one-time charge added to each new student's account. All new students are required to attend New Student Orientation and Wildcat Week.
When is move-in day?
Tuesday, August 18. Move in day will take place from 8-5 p.m., and the day will include a family picnic dinner, student blessing and parent send-off and conclude with one of our most favorite traditions, Candlelight devo (for students only).
When does Wildcat Week begin?
Wednesday, August 19

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