Classes at OSU begin Monday. Until then, the university will hold Welcome Week, with activities designed to help freshmen acquaint themselves with the campus and get a better idea of what to expect out of college life.
The program includes a menu of seminars students can choose to attend. Those seminars are geared toward areas university officials hope to see students master, said Lee Bird, OSU's vice president for student affairs. Seminars are arranged around the university's Six Pillars of Student Success — academic excellence, leadership, service and civic engagement, finding a purpose, broadening horizons and wellness.
In general, Bird said, the seminars show students how to be a college student. For example, a seminar in the academic excellence category might go over what college-level work looks like, what faculty members are expecting and what resources are available on campus.
The week concludes Friday with a series of showcases during which incoming freshmen are invited to speak with the deans of their colleges and learn more about the colleges.
Capping the program is new student convocation at 4 p.m. Friday, which will include remarks from OSU President Burns Hargis.