K-State’s summer orientation and enrollment sets new record for student body, parents

By The Mercury

Attendance at Kansas State University’s recently completed summer orientation and enrollment set a participation record for both students and parents, university officials said Monday. The university offered 13 sessions in June, allowing first-year and transfer students to enroll in fall classes and learn more about the campus.

The increased participation also included Wildcat Warm-up, a two-day orientation and enrollment session that gave incoming freshman students an in-depth look at what it is like to be a student at K-State. The program celebrated its 10th year at this summer’s orientation and enrollment.

More importantly, Moody said, is that students who participate in Wildcat Warm-up get to connect with other incoming students, forming long-lasting friendships and making connections with faculty and staff who will help them be successful while at Kansas State.

Orientation and enrollment also are vital for the university’s first-year programs, according to Lehning, who is an adviser to K-State First, the special programs offered to first-year students to help them get off to the right start at the university and to increase student retention.

And just like orientation and enrollment, K-State’s first-year programs also are continuing to grow.

Orientation and enrollment also is the time first-year students receive their copy of this year’s K-State Book Network selection, “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline.

The common book will be part of class discussions and activities across campus.

Students who missed the June orientation and enrollment dates can attend sessions in August, Moody said.

A session for transfer students will be Aug. 22 and a session for incoming freshmen will be Aug. 23.

When it comes to where current and incoming students will live in the next school year, John Lantz, coordinator at new student services, said the university’s residence halls remain a popular option.

The new $70 million residence hall and dining center will be on the west side of campus.

Opportunities for Greek affiliation also will increase at the university in the 2013-2014 school year as both a fraternity and a sorority will be returning to campus.

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity will colonize in the fall, and Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority will colonize in the spring.

Both intend to have a living facility in the future and are working to identify property locations.

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