2,900 freshman, transfer students explore WSU

PULLMAN — More than 2,900 freshman and transfer students and some 1,900 parents are expected to participate in a series of “Alive!” orientation sessions this summer at Washington State University in Pullman.

Terese King, director of New Student Programs, said the focus of the “Alive” program is to help students with their transition from high school to WSU and college life. Parents and students who participate can get information about resources on campus that can help them succeed, she said.

The first freshman orientation session began June 14. Remaining sessions are slated for Jun 29-July 1; July 6-8; July 11-13; July 16-18; July 20-22; July 25-27; and July 31-Aug 2.

Only a few Alive! sessions still have have vacancies. To register, students can log on to the WSU home page at http://www.wsu.edu and follow the “Alive!” link. Registration is conducted on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.

The sessions cost $150 for students and $130 for parents, with financial aid available to those who qualify. The fee covers two night’s stay in a residence hall, four meals, workshop presentations and handouts, and an orientation resource manual. Students also receive academic advice from a WSU faculty member and are given priority registration for fall classes.

While attending “Alive!,” students and parents learn about college costs, admissions, academic expectations, faculty advising, time scheduling and are given the opportunity to experience a classroom environment. They participate in a variety of interest workshops dealing with living options, financial aid and college costs.

Participants receive a campus tour of academic buildings, as well as the Student Recreation Center, French Administration Building, Lighty Student Services Building, the Multicultural Student Center and the “Bookie.”

Most students also take their writing placement exam, and about half of them take their math placement exam, King said. Photos for Cougar Cards (student identification cards) can also be taken.