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New ACU students to visit campus, begin orientation

For immediate release
June 10, 2004

Abilene Christian University will welcome incoming freshman June 21-22 with the first session of Passport, the university's two-day new student orientation.

During the on-campus visit, students will meet professors and other incoming students, complete placement testing, receive academic advising and finalize their fall schedules.  The First-Year Program at ACU arranges all new student orientation on campus.  

"The First-Year program was created to help students make a successful transition to university life," Dr. Charles Mattis, dean of the First-Year Program said.  "We want to help students make significant and meaningful connections to all aspects of the university."

Parents are encouraged to attend with their students to introduce family members to ACU and prepare them for the challenges and changes that are the result of a student’s enrollment in a university.

Academic advising is a central aspect of Passport as incoming students will arrange their fall schedules with academic advisers and meet with their chosen academic department to discuss core curriculum and specific majors that the university offers.  If students are undecided about a major, the university offers a Discovery Workshop to help incoming students decide what career path they are best suited for.

Participation in the Discovery Program begins in a student's first semester and participation beyond the end of the first semester depends on the career development process of each student.  In the second semester of the program students may take the Career and Life Planning course during which they assess personality, interests, gifts and values; conduct occupational research and participate in networking and informational interviews; and gain understanding of decision-making styles.  Individual career counseling is available for all students to assess areas where more career information is needed and to help each student develop an individual plan for career growth that meets their needs.    

All new ACU students are required to attend one Passport session, June 21-22 or Aug. 15-17, as well as Welcome Week, a five-day orientation program for new students that takes place the week before classes begin in August. Welcome Week includes a variety of small and large group activities such as devotionals, service projects, games and intramural sports.  For more information about the orientation programs, call the First-Year Program at 325-674-2212, email at, or visit 


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, Director of Public Relations.

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