This week, Art Center officially welcomes the Summer 2013 incoming class with a week of orientation activities organized by the College’s Center for the Student Experience.
“An effective orientation program for new college students is a critical component of student success,” says Dean of Students Jeffrey Hoffman. “When students feel connected, understand college culture and expectations, and get off to a good start in their classes, they are more likely to get the most out of their learning experience, to graduate, and thus realize their professional goals.”
Here’s the lineup of what’s to come to help new students maximize their education—both in and out of the classroom.
Tuesday, May 7
8:30–9 a.m.: New student orientation check in.
9–9:30 a.m.: Dean of Students Jeffrey Hoffman and Kit Baron, Senior Vice President, Admissions welcome new students.
9:45 a.m.–noon: Tour the campus and have lunch with peer mentors (12–1:30 p.m.).
1:30–3 p.m. or 3:30–5 p.m.: Undergraduate students have the option of taking digital waiver tests.
2–5:30 p.m.: Graduate student orientation and course selections.
Wednesday, May 8
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: International student orientation. Assistant Director for International Student Advising and Programming Jeonghan Ryu and Coordinator for Intercultural and Diversity Programming Milyn Villareal welcome new international students.
10:15–11:45 a.m.: Financial literacy seminar for domestic students receiving state and federal aid with Financial Aid Associate Director Allison Lee.
12:45–4:35 p.m.: A round of sessions for all students to learn about campus sustainability, health insurance, the library, alumni relations and more.
Thursday, May 9
9:30–10:15 a.m.: Information on campus technology and equipment insurance, followed by tips on managing class schedules and academic progress.
10:15–11 a.m.: A lesson on the infamous Art Center critique, the culture of critique, researching as a resource for inspiration, and interpreting objects and images.
11 a.m.–4:15 p.m.: Students tour the James Lemont Fogg Memorial Library, take care of administrative business (ID cards, parking information, course logins) and partake in special peer mentor activity. Bring new student information form and vehicle registration.
Friday, May 10
8 a.m.–noon: Parents, spouses, partners and other family members are invited to an informal breakfast followed by campus tours and orientation.
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.: Students lunch with their department chairs, followed by a departmental orientation.
Reminder: Classes officially begin Saturday, May 11.
Welcome to Art Center College of Design, and we wish everyone a happy start to the term!