COOS BAY, OR – New and returning students are getting ready for the start of the fall term at Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC). The residence halls at the college and apartments around town will soon be filling up as students from out of the area begin their migration to the Coos Campus. The influx signals the start of SWOCC’s new student orientation activities September 21-23.
Students will begin moving in to Student Housing on September 21. College employees will continue checking students in through the weekend leading up to the first day of classes on September 24.
New Student Orientation called “Laker Welcome” is Saturday September 22, and check-in starts at 9am in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts. Attendance is mandatory for all new students. Laker Welcome provides all new students—those living on-campus and throughout the community—with the chance to learn about college and community resources and to get involved. The information provided can make the transition into college life less stressful and more successful. The day is highlighted with information sessions, a presentation by Dr. Mark Hartley, who will speak on how to be successful in college and by the annual free Welcome Expo and Barbeque. The BBQ and Welcome Expo begin at 12:30pm in Union Square (between Randolph and Sitkum Halls). Local businesses and organizations will be stationed around the square to introduce themselves to the college’s new students.
Campus services will be available Saturday, September 22 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to serve new students as they prepare for school to start.
Before classes start, it is vital new students complete several tasks. Each should begin with placement testing (541-888-7405 for more information). When testing is complete, they should see their assigned advisor, or an advisor in Stensland Hall, to register for classes. Those needing accommodations due to a physical or learning disability should see Susan in Educational Support Programs and Services. The Coos Campus Student First Stop and Bookstore will also offer extended hours Monday through Wednesday during the first week of classes.
Anyone with questions regarding “Laker Welcome” should contact Karina Smith at 541-888- 7316 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and a full orientation schedule can also be found by visiting www.socc.edu/nso.