The new class includes students from 14 states and six foreign countries.
ALLIANCE -- Classes on the Mount Union College campus may not officially begin until Monday, but 560 new students unpacked their bags in various residence halls across campus Friday and began familiarizing themselves with the college during 2005 fall orientation, which includes a schedule of events expanding the weekend.
The 560 new students on campus represent 14 states -- California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia -- and also the countries of Germany, France, Japan, Spain, Russia and England. Among the new students from Ohio are those representing more than 48 counties and 215 high schools.
On Friday, members of the college administration and faculty provided information on campus employment and work study and academic programs. The first Liberal Arts Experience (LS 100) class session was held, providing new students with an opportunity to meet with their academic advisers and others who will be in their class throughout the semester.
Freshmen students already started one "assignment" over the summer for LS 100 -- the selected summer book reading. This is the sixth year for the summer reading assignment, and the selection this year is Buzz Bissinger's "Friday Night Lights."
LS 100 is designed to help new students adjust to college life, learn critical reading and discussion skills and provide them with a faculty of staff members to advise them academically until they declare a major and are assigned an adviser within that academic department.
Members of the preview and orientation staff will lead students today and Sunday through a variety of activities, informational meetings and recreational events that will further acclimate them to campus in preparation for the beginning of this academic year.
In addition, a "Week of Welcome" will take place during the first week of classes, offering various events sponsored by the Student Activities Council.