MTSU recently graduated more than 2,500 students during three spring commencement ceremonies. About 5,000 new freshmen and transfer students will be taking their place.
CUSTOMS new student orientation is already underway for transfer students and will begin in earnest later this week for incoming freshmen. About 3,000 new freshmen and their families will attend orientation through the end of July, and there are six more one-day visits scheduled through Aug. 6 for nearly 2,000 transfer students and their families.
Coordinated by the Office of New Student and Family Programs, CUSTOMS introduces freshmen to the intellectual, cultural and social climate of the university.
To learn more about the orientation process and other dates, visit www.mtsu.edu/customs.
New students and their families travel across Tennessee and other neighboring states as well as across the country to attend CUSTOMS.
“Freshman CUSTOMS is 1½ days jam-packed full of great information for both incoming students and their family members,” said Lydia Cayton, a coordinator in the Office of New Student and Family Programs.
“CUSTOMS attendees should be prepared to do a lot of walking around campus, so we recommend wearing comfortable clothing and shoes as well as preparing ahead of time for any inclement weather that might be in the forecast,” Cayton added.
Transfer CUSTOMS sessions only require a one-day visit to campus.
Cayton urged those attending CUSTOMS to download the MTSU Mobile App before they come to campus.
“We are utilizing the app much more heavily this year, and all schedules, plus additional information for CUSTOMS, will be available by clicking on the CUSTOMS icon on the app’s home page,” she said.
Dr. Deb Sells, MTSU vice president of student affairs and vice provost of enrollment and academic services, will provide an official welcome to all the newcomers during their CUSTOMS sessions. When she speaks with freshmen, Sells will emphasize Convocation 2019, MTSU’s first formal gathering of the new 2019-20 academic year, and the university’s Summer Reading choice, the memoir “Educated” by Tara Westover. Westover will be the keynote speaker for Convocation, which is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24.
Gina Poff is director of the Office of New Student and Family Programs. For more information, call 615-898-2454.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)