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January 2015 CONNECTIONS Orientation Program

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     Welcome to Kutztown University. Whether you are a member of the Class of 2017 or a transfer student, January CONNECTIONS Orientation is designed to introduce you to the Kutztown University community.  You'll have the chance to meet faculty and staff and begin to discuss your academic career and learn about the academic expectations of a Kutztown University student, register for spring classes, meet with current students, and begin to build friendships through the offered activities at CONNECTIONS Orientation.

     The CONNECTIONS Orientation Staff encourages you to take full advantage of all that CONNECTIONS Orientation has to offer, including meeting your CONNECTIONS Orientation facilitators and fully participating in all events.  We are excited to welcome you to our community, help ease your transition, and show you the many opportunities at KU.

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Important Dates

      January 9, 2015 -    Deadline to register for Orientation

      January 14, 2015 -  Spring Orientation (8:30 AM-3:30 PM)

      January 18, 2015 -  Residence Hall Move-In

      January 19, 2015 -  Martin Luther King Holiday - No Classes

      January 20, 2015 -  Classes Begin

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Registering for CONNECTIONS Orientation

January CONNECTIONS Orientation is designed to introduce new students and their families to campus life and academic expectations.  Each student will have an appointment with a faculty advisor to register for spring classes.  Students should plan to attend the entire program and all events.

The event will be held at the Academic Forum which is #9 on the campus map. Parking is available in lots A-1, B-1, and B-2. No parking permit is required.

CONNECTIONS Orientation is mandatory for all new students. If you cannot attend this event, you will have to register for classes on the first day of school. Students who have paid the $200 advance registration deposit are eligible to register for orientation. To sign up, go to your MyKU, click on student services center, other academics, CONNECTIONS.

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Family Participation

We strongly encourage family members to attend the January CONNECTIONS Orientation with their student.  The more you understand about the college experience, the more helpful you will be to your student during his/her transition.

Family members can expect to gain an increased familiarity with campus life at KU and be introduced to faculty, staff and students.  Information about residence life, campus safety and security, academic support services, student health care and tips on how to support students during their (and your) transition to college will also be provided at January CONNECTIONS Orientation.

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What to Expect at CONNECTIONS Orientation

During CONNECTIONS Orientation You Will:

  1. Register for your spring classes
  2. Meet with faculty advisors who can answer your questions about majors, core requirements, etc.
  3. Meet other new students and learn about campus life
  4. Meet staff at KU
  5. Explore ways to get involved at KU
  6. Become more familiar with the KU campus
  7. Get your KU ID card
  8. Increase your confidence about starting your new academic career at Kutztown University

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What to Bring to CONNECTIONS Orientation

If you're transferring any credit to Kutztown University, please bring a print out of your credit evaluation.  If you're in the process of completing any classes, bring a list of those courses with you along with any course descriptions. We may not have this information in your folder and it will be helpful when you speak with your advisor.

You will need a form of photo identification to receive your Kutztown University student identification. We will ask for this when you check in. This can be a state ID, driver's license, passport, etc.

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What to do Before you Arrive

    Take the Foreign Language Placement Exam

     If there's a chance you'll be required to take a foreign language as part of your degree requirement at KU, you should plan to take the foreign language placement exam. The Department of Modern Language Studies utilizes a web-based placement exam (CAPE) in French, German, and Spanish: The test can be accessed from any Internet-capable computer, takes only about 20 minutes, and provides immediate feedback regarding the appropriate level of language placement.  Use any computer with Internet access, go to: http://www.kutztown.edu/academics/ liberal_arts/language/index.shtml,  click on "placement exam", enter login:  kutztown user , enter password: bears1 .  Please print a copy of your results and bring with you to orientation.

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Students and Family Members with Disabilities

Kutztown University would like to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied access, or otherwise treated differently from any other individual attending CONNECTIONS Orientation. Please contact us about accommodations at your earliest convenience but, no later than two weeks prior to your orientation session to give us sufficient time to make appropriate arrangements.  Contact the Office of Disability Services with any questions - (610) 683-4108.

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CONNECTIONS Testimonials

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"The CONNECTIONS program inspired me."

"The skits and speeches were so good and helped me learn a lot."