Over five chock-full days, Stevens is welcoming approximately 700 incoming freshmen and transfer students to campus at 2012 Orientation.
“Orientation is a chance for new students to get to know their classmates, learn how to be successful at Stevens, and embark on a new adventure,” said Associate Director of Student Life Kristie Damell.
Students began arriving on Aug. 22 – or even earlier if they took part in the Pre-Orientation experience – to take care of important logistical items like picking up their laptops, getting their ID pictures taken, meeting their resident assistants, and, of course, moving into their residence halls.
Then most of Orientation week is dedicated to informational sessions introducing the newcomers to Stevens’ traditions, policies and offerings, as well as fun recreational activities and camaraderie-building social events.
“The Class of 2016 has the unique opportunity to learn, right away, all that Stevens has to offer, and even to start getting involved right off the bat,” said Assistant Director of Student Life Holly Nelson.
Stevens President Nariman Farvardin greeted the Class of 2016 personally at the Family Barbeque and Information Fair on Aug. 22 and also in a welcome addresses in which he discussed what students should expect from the Stevens experience.
Throughout the week, students will also learn from upperclassmen and representatives from the Stevens faculty and staff about the Stevens honor code, academic offerings and procedures, study abroad options, peer mentoring, internship and cooperative education opportunities, Greek life, club sports and intramurals, financial aid and much more.
Some of the most anticipated activities are comedy night with renowned funnyman Steve Hofstetter, a performance by world-famous mind reader Banacheck, the ThinkFast trivia game show, a night of competitive Bingo, and an interactive walking tour of the Stevens campus and Hoboken. The freshmen will also enjoy the Summer Olympics, an annual tradition which pitts the student against each other in a variety of silly games and sports.
On the final weekend of Orientation, Aug. 25 and 26, all freshmen will have the opportunity to participate in community service activities alongside their Orientation leaders and peers. They are also invited to take part in an exciting array of off-campus trips to Six Flags Great Adventure, the Statue of Liberty, Point Pleasant beach on the Jersey Shore, or to Broadway for showings of “The Lion King” or “Spiderman.”
With the first day of Orientation underway, first impressions from both students and parents were incredibly positive.
“The Orientation leaders are pretty cool, the activities are a lot of fun and I’ve already made a bunch of new friends,” said freshman David Ott of Queens, N.Y.
“Everyone we’ve met has just been so pleasant,” added Ott’s mother, Joanne, who has previously seen three other children off to different colleges. “I’ve never experienced this enthusiastic of a welcome or this level of organization before. We are really looking forward to the next few years.”
Freshman Steven Weis of Rockaway, N.J. was most impressed with the move-in process, which he said took only ten minutes with the help of student and staff helpers.
“They made it so easy; I didn't have to move a thing," Weis said. "Now that I'm settled, I can't wait to just getting acquainted with the whole campus, get my schedule, and get started with college."
The Office of Student Life manages the annual undergraduate Orientation, in close coordination with the Office of Residence Life, International Student & Scholar Services, Information Technology, Admissions, and more than 50 student volunteers who facilitate the introduction of new students to the Stevens community.
Incoming graduate students participate in separate Orientations coordinated by the Office of Graduate Student Affairs and the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Approximately 600 new full-time international graduate students were greeted to campus on Aug. 20 and 21. They met with representatives from Student Services and were provided with critical immigration information, introduced to academic advising options, led on campus tours, and aided with class registration procedures.
“Orientation provides important information about Stevens’ academic programs, student support services, interaction with current students, and an opportunity to meet other new students,” said Dean of Graduate Student Affairs Barbara Gossett. “For international students, it also provides vital compliance information about immigration status.”
More than 50 domestic graduate students will also participate in an exclusive one-day Orientation on Aug. 23. At the event, they will register for classes, receive a tour of Hoboken, meet with Student Services representatives, and network at a welcome reception.
“In addition to serving as an introduction to many of the resources available at Stevens, Orientation is a time to register for classes as well as to learn how to navigate your way around campus and the surrounding city of Hoboken,” said Director of Graduate Admissions Melba Remice. “This day is a great opportunity for students to meet their classmates and make new friends.”