Thousands of New Students Visit Campus

Thousands of New Students Visit Campus
Incoming students take a tour of campus during orientation July 19.
Students jam tents as they learn about campus clubs and organizations during Orientation Club Fair on July 6.

Since June, nearly 4,800 new students and 1,000 parents have toured Cal Poly Pomona during fall orientation.

Student guides have taken dozens of groups on detailed tours of the campus in addition to workshops designed to set incoming students up for a successful college career.

“New students want to do well,” Traci Lew, coordinator of Orientation Services said. “They come chomping for bits of more information. We give them the nuts and bolts stuff and we show them Cal Poly Pomona's unique culture.”

Guides have shown new students how to register for classes in addition to doling out simple tips like the fact bells don't ring when class is dismissed, Lew said.

First-time freshman amount to about 3,200 of the incoming students and transfer students made up about 1,500. There are always more first-time freshmen for fall orientation, however, at the start of other quarters transfer students make up the majority, according to Lew.

Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students. Transfer students are required to attend a day-long tour, while new freshman are on campus for two days with the option of spending the night at one of the dorms.

First-time Freshman Ryan Ravan drove from Colorado to attend orientation July 27-28.

“From what I've seen so far, orientation is really useful,” the future aerospace engineering student said. “It's good that you get connected.”

Orientation guide Christina Nunez tries to put students at ease and encourages them to get involved on campus.

“With more than 250 clubs on campus, they should be able to find something they're interested in,” the psychology student said.

Tours of campus are not only available for new students. Prospective students, new employees or those faculty and staff members looking for a refresher can take free tours through the university's Visitor Center.

Visitor Center guide Andrea Carr said the tours give people a chance to learn the lay of the land while also hearing about the university's history and attributes.

“I try to stress that there is a lot of opportunity for involvement here,” said Carr, who is an undergraduate Liberal Arts student. “It's only a commuter school if you make it one.”

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