WU returns with new student orientation in-person

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 12:32 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Signs of post-pandemic life are popping up on Washburn University’s campus with the return of its in-person new student orientation.

Washburn University says that another sign that it has returned to normal operations is the start of in-person new student orientation. It said the orientations began the week of June 7 with three full sessions and will continue with three more next week and the final session in August.

“The program is designed to prepare students with crucial information for a successful transition to Washburn as a first-year or transfer student,” said Dr. Richard Liedtke, executive director of enrollment management. “We introduce students to the campus and help get them ready for a life-changing experience.”

According to WU, one of the most crucial aspects of the orientations is the opportunity to meet with academic advisors and get enrolled in classes.

“We also help students with lots of details which help make the transition easier,” Liedtke said. “For instance, we get them their student ID and give them a tour of the campus so they can find key buildings like the residence halls and library.”

Washburn also said that it follows up with special events during Welcome Week, the first full week of classes, and the First Year Experience, which is a class specifically designed to help students successfully transition to college life.

According to WU, when students return in the fall, they will find the traditional college experience has returned to its campus with a full slate of activities including sports and regular face-to-face classes. After the latest recommendations from the CDC and KDHE, it said it dropped its mask mandate in May, though those that wish to still wear face masks on campus are still welcome to do so.

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