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Thomas University new students and family members tour Main Campus during the 2014 New Student Orientation. This year’s NSO will be held Aug. 14-15.


Thomas University to welcome new students Aug. 14-15

Thomas University’s newest students will arrive on Friday, Aug. 14, and Saturday, Aug. 15, for New Student Orientation. Fall Semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 17. More than 150 students and their parents or spouses are registered to attend orientation.

“We are looking forward to New Student Orientation this year,” said Brittany Christie, Student Activities Coordinator and Housing Manager. “It’s a great time to show students and parents everything we have to offer at Thomas University.”

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a requirement for students who are newly enrolled at Thomas University. NSO is free for students and $20 each for guests. Students and paying guests will each receive a T-shirt and dinner on Friday evening. Students who are scheduled to live in on-campus housing will also move in on Aug. 14.

“New Student Orientation offers students a chance to immediately engage with the Thomas University community,” said Dr. Jill Dennis, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. “They will interact with faculty, staff and advisers to learn about academic programs, student services, and all avenues for support. “

NSO begins on Friday in the TU Gymnasium on Magnolia Campus, which is located at 1550 Magnolia St. in Thomasville. Check-in starts at 4 p.m., and presentations begin at 4:25 p.m. The Friday session will cover safety, financial aid, advising, the Academic Resource Center, and Student Activities. The session will end with dinner.

NSO continues on Saturday with coffee and doughnuts presented by the TU Alumni Association at 7:30 a.m. in Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Main Campus. Presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m. and cover student privacy issues, how to pay fees, technology, online learning and advising. Then students will attend break-out sessions at various places around Main Campus, including the Library, Bookstore, Veterans’ Lounge, Career Center and academic areas.

“Thomas University is proud to focus on the individual student, and this begins at orientation,” Dennis said. “Students who are unable to attend the on-campus orientation may attend online orientation. This option is convenient for the online and working adult students.”

Between 350 and 400 new students, both on campus and online, are expected for fall semester.

For more information about NSO, contact the Office of Student Life at (229) 226-1621 Ext. 1077.

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