Anderson University is preparing to welcome its fall 2011 incoming class of students with the start of New Student Orientation on Thursday, Aug. 25. According to Dean Branson, associate dean of students, the purpose of new student orientation is “to provide new students and their parents with a structured, comprehensive introduction to opportunities at Anderson University, to assist new students in their transition to the institution, and to integrate them into the life of the community.”
New Student Orientation is comprised of various programs and opportunities for first time college students as well as transfer students. There are informational sessions that inform students about university culture, community expectations, and campus activities. There are multiple worship services during orientation as well as an annual community service project in Anderson.
This will be the fourth consecutive year new students will participate in a service project ministering to the residents of the City of Anderson. Almost 500 new students and other volunteers will branch out into a local neighborhood to serve the residents of that area. The service project is a partnership between Anderson University and the City of Anderson.
“We want the students to think about what it means to be a part of a community that is engaged in learning for a lifetime, in ways that are both academic and cocurricular,” Branson said. “We are encouraging them to explore their faith commitments and to express them through their actions.”
Recognizing the difference in needs between freshmen and transfer students, AU has a separate orientation program for transfer students. Transfer student orientation is more focused on the transfer of academic records and helping students acclimate to Anderson University.
Visit New Student Orientation for more information.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.