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Chillicothe campus New Student Orientation sets students toward success

Ohio University's Chillicothe campus' (OU-C) New Student Orientation sessions are designed to position incoming students for successful college careers.
“We want to do all we can to make sure that students get off on the right foot and that the orientation sessions set a positive tone for their academic careers at OU-C,” Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “This type of approach is intended to support our retention efforts by being cognizant that a good beginning can lead to further success.”
Six sessions are being held this summer for students who will begin their college careers during fall quarter. The next session, Aug. 12, is already full, with 100 registered students. The next available session is Aug. 26.
“We limit the sessions to 100 students. With this number, we are able to provide the level of personal service that distinguishes the Chillicothe campus to the incoming students. This personalized touch is an important part of the orientation sessions,” Fisher explained.
“A real value of the sessions is to have the opportunity to meet with many students one-on-one,” Coordinator of Student Support Martha Tanedo said. “In this way, they can ask the questions they need to pose. We feel that we can address their needs on a more personal level at orientation.”
The newest OU-C students are also introduced to the services that help them succeed.
“Students can learn about the resources that are available to them, such as tutoring and the library,” Tanedo said.
The orientation sessions are streamlined so that all important topics are covered in the most time-effective manner. The sessions begin with check-in at 8:30 a.m. and are finished by noon. Among activities, incoming students meet with academic advisors who help the students establish a class schedule; learn about OU-C’s academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities; establish their campus e-mail accounts; receive a campus ID card; check on their financial aid status and arrange for accommodations if they require disability services.
“After completion of the orientation session, each student is prepared for the first day of class,” Fisher said.
The sessions are of particular importance to students who are uncertain about the academic and/or career path they wish to pursue.
“The incoming students have the opportunity to interact with faculty members who describe their programs. This helps the students get a better idea of what academic major they want to pursue,” Tanedo said.
In all, the focus is on helping the students have successful college careers.
“We have found that students tend to do better, academically, if they attend orientation. We want to provide the insights that are necessary for them to achieve success,” Tanedo said.