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With 45 buildings spread over 131 acres and thousands of new faces, UW-Stout may seem intimidating to some new students. The challenge becomes even harder for students who don't live on or near campus but arrive and leave daily.
That's why UW-Stout again is offering Commuter Orientation. Students can choose the traditional two-day orientation available to all new students, Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 1-2, or a condensed one-day session especially for commuter students, Sept. 2.
A total of 81 freshmen and 181 new transfer students will commute to campus this fall, according to Dean of Students Joan Thomas.
Close to 150 students from those two groups are expected to attend the orientations, according to Emily Ascher, a Student Services coordinator who is overseeing the activities.
"We hope they can take advantage of this program to connect with other new students and learn about the great opportunities available to them on campus," Ascher said. "It will help them feel more connected."
Freshmen and sophomores are required by the UW System to live on campus, unless their home is within 45 miles.
At Commuter Orientation, new students are guided through the process of getting their laptop computers and textbooks; take part in an interactive workshop; tour campus; meet their academic advisers; and attend the Backyard Bash social event.
Making a few new friends or just learning where to relax and study can make a big difference in the comfort level for new students, according to Ascher. "It's a good program and important for this group," she said.
Most traditional orientation activities are geared toward students living on campus; they make up the vast majority of new students. UW-Stout has 20 residence halls that house about 3,000 students.
Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 3.
For more information, contact Ascher, 715-232-4051.