SU Families: Information for Virtual Sprog Orientation

2 FAMILIES – SPROG EDITION GREET INGS NEW PIRATE PARENTS! I’m excited to welcome our new students for fall 2020! While we wish we could be together in person this summer, the safety of your student is paramount to Southwestern. We have reimagined Sprog Orientation as a virtual experience. Students will still participate in curriculum planning, student life programming, advising, and registration during their two-day orientation. Students will also be assigned to an Orientation Leader who will guide and support them during Sprog and throughout the entire summer. We also have enhanced the registration process to help students enroll in key courses. Students will be pre-registered in two courses prior to Sprog. One course will be the First-Year Seminar (FYS, for first-year students) or Advanced-Entry Seminar (AES, for transfer students). The other course will be an introduction course for their intended major, when possible. If your student is undecided about their major, we will register them for a general education course. So that we have the most recent and accurate information possible, we are requiring all incoming students to submit a survey to express their interests and provide us with additional information. Your student has received the link to the survey. They must complete the survey before June 10 to ensure enrollment in the courses. During Sprog, they will participate in degree planning and advising sessions that will help them choose the rest of their courses. They will register for the remaining courses during Sprog, with help from their Orientation Leader and University staff. There will be several sessions for parents to participate in during your student’s Sprog. However, the degree planning, advising, and registration sessions are meant for students only . Attending orientation, whether virtually or on-campus, is structured with an intentional separation between student and parents/families so that students can better immerse themselves academically and socially in their new community. We invite you to review materials (degree plans, university catalog, etc) and discuss potential majors and course options with your student prior to their Sprog sessions. Your partnership is critical to your student’s success at Southwestern. As such, we have created sessions as part of the Virtual Sprog program and during Move-in to prepare you for life as the parent of a Pirate. We hope that you will provide your students with support as they make independent decisions and encourage them to explore new opportunities for growth and development. Know that University faculty and staff are dedicated to helping your student create a rich and meaningful Southwestern Experience . Jennifer Leach Director of Advising and Retention leachj@southwestern.edu

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