Katelyn Knight (left), Enrollment Management Assistant, and Rita Gagliano, Director of Admissions, go over last minute details in Thomas University’s Admissions Office. TU students will arrive on campus Friday and Saturday with classes beginning on Monday.
TU students return to campus on Friday and Saturday
Thomas University will welcome its newest class of freshmen to campus on Friday as they move into on-campus housing and attend New Student Orientation.
New students are important to TU, but they’re also important to the local economy. TU students spend their money in Thomasville. That spending benefits the local businesses and their employees. In addition to taking classes, TU students also contribute to the local economy by spending money on shopping, eating, entertainment and automobiles. According to a 2012 economic impact report, TU students spent about $800,000 in the Thomasville area in 2011. This revenue was from the 61 percent of TU students who come from outside of Southwest Georgia.
Thomas University officials expect to have about 390 new students this fall. About 125 of those are expected to attend the on-campus orientation. The others will complete TU’s online orientation, according to Jill Dennis, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing.
“We’re really excited about New Student Orientation this year,” said Mike Lee, Executive Director of Student Affairs and Athletics. “This is the first year we’ve had an overnight orientation session, and the response has been outstanding.”
On Friday new students will arrive on TU’s West Campus, located at 1550 Magnolia Street, where they will receive their on-campus housing assignments. Students will begin moving into the TU Residence Hall, located on Pinetree Avenue, or other assigned campus housing.
More than 250 people – students and family members – are expected to participate in New Student Orientation, which will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, on TU’s West Campus, located at 1550 Magnolia Street. There students will learn about expectations, policies and on-campus safety before enjoying a meal.
New Student Orientation will continue on Saturday on TU’s Main Campus, located at 1501 Millpond Road, where students and parents will learn about the different offices at TU, various programs that are available, and meet with their advisors.
Classes at Thomas University begin on Monday, Aug. 18.