Freshman and transfer student orientations give entering students an introduction to campus life

Incoming freshmen enjoy a cool treat during orientation

For entering freshmen and students transferring to Salem State University from other colleges and universities, Salem State’s summer orientation programs provide an opportunity to learn about the university, ask questions, register for classes, get to know their fellow classmates, and familiarize themselves with the campus and all it has to offer them.

Every student new to Salem State is required to attend one of seven two-day orientation programs throughout the summer, each of which includes a required overnight in one of the university’s residence halls. Parents, spouses and other family members, although not included in the overnight component, are encouraged to participate as well, and are afforded an opportunity to meet in separate sessions with administrators to learn about important support services available on campus.

Each two-day program is led by Salem State Navigators, current students who have been chosen for their leadership skills and trained to assist incoming students prepare for and succeed in their university experience.  With their assigned Navigators, incoming freshmen and transfers divide up into groups to explore the campus and downtown Salem, and learn more about what awaits them in September. Small group meetings introduce students to each other and give them a comfortable forum in which to ask questions, while a student organization fair introduces them to the many clubs, groups, service organizations, and academic associations they may join. Performances by Salem State’s theatre majors provide entertainment as well.

Photo: During freshmen and transfer student orientation at Salem State last week, new students found cool respite from the hot summer temperatures at Maria’s Sweet Somethings in downtown Salem.