MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY SPRING 2008 Spartan family NEWSLETTER As the father of two – including a daughter now in her fourth year of college – I am keenly aware of the position you are in as parents of a high school senior. Between standardized tests, senior pictures, prom, college applica- tions and essays, and the last swim meet/football game/school play, the anxiety of your student’s last year of high school can be overwhelming. It is during these next Steps times, perhaps, that young people rely on us most. As you prepare to help your student take the next step educationally, it’s impor- If your student is planning to attend tant to appreciate this time of extraordinary transition. The Michigan State University this fall, relationship you share with your student will undergo signifi- they should complete the following cant changes over the coming months, as they approach a steps if they haven’t done so already: new and unfamiliar environment filled with opportunity. This should be an exciting time for both you and your student. 1. Go to www.admissions.msu. Last year, Michigan State University admitted more edu/aop.asp than 18,000 freshman students for fall semester 2007. Of these, about 7,300 eventually enrolled at MSU in the fall. A 2. Submit the residence hall quick look at these numbers illustrates something impor- application tant to remember about the college admissions process: Michigan State is not– nor is any one college or university, 3. Register for a required summer for that matter – the right fit for everyone. Academic Orientation Program While we are excited to welcome as many new members as possible to the 4. Pay the Advanced Enrollment Spartan family, we recognize that final decisions are still being made and that Deposit (AED). (If economic cir- many students will choose to attend other institutions. I hope that, regardless of cumstances make payment of the where your student decides to enroll, you find the information contained in this AED difficult, contact the Office of publication informative and helpful. Admissions for a possible If your student does choose to become a Spartan, you and your family will join deferral.) a tradition of excellence and pride shared by Michigan State students, alumni, fac- ulty, and staff around the globe. The Spartan family means you and your student Remember: Any student who is plan- are connected to more than 461,000 living alumni worldwide. It translates into ning to attend Michigan State in the access to a vast network of support and resources designed to help fellow Spar- fall must pay the AED by May 1. tans not only succeed, but leave their mark on the world. It equates to sharing an intense, lifelong pride with others who identify as members of the Michigan State University community. As your student’s high school career comes to a close, I commend you on a job well done and ask you to embrace the future with enthusiasm, patience, and a good sense of humor. Thank you for considering Michigan State University. I hope to welcome you and your student as part of the Spartan family. Go State! Sincerely, James W. Cotter Director of Admissions FaQs Michigan State has an enormous array of resources and support available to every student who attends MSU. Here are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about academics, student life, and campus living. How will my student decide which classes to take? What are some things that my student should bring Michigan State has a large network of specialized academic advi- to campus for the first year? sors who will help your student select the appropriate courses Since all freshmen are required to live on campus for their first for their major. As part of the summer Academic Orientation year — unless they live with a parent or legal guardian within a Program your student will meet with an advisor and enroll in all of 50-mile radius of campus — there are some specific items that their freshman year courses. Academic advisors play an integral students will want to bring with them: role in helping your student plan their curriculum and program • Laundry basket/bag, detergent, clothes hangers of study. Students are able to meet with academic advisors • Shower tote and personal toiletries throughout the duration of their college enrollment. • Clothes iron or fabric steamer, sewing kit • Cleaning supplies What if my student has trouble with a class? • Alarm clock Your student was admitted to Michigan State because we believe • Raincoat and umbrella he/she can be successful. However, there’s often an adjustment • Warm coat and gloves period for first-year students, academically. If your student does For more information about what your student should bring, visit struggle, there are many resources available to assist them. University Housing online at www.uh.msu.edu. All teaching faculty at MSU are required to hold office hours for students, and larger classes often have teaching assistants. Can my student work while going to school? are There are also a number of departments on campus dedicated to there jobs available on campus? helping students achieve success in the classroom, including the Yes, many students choose to work while going to school. Learning Resource Center, the Math Learning Center, the Writing In fact, studies have shown that students who are employed Center, and the Office of Supportive Services. perform as well or better academically than their unemployed counterparts -- this may be because balancing work and school How will my student get around campus? forces them to develop better time-management skills. Although freshmen are not allowed to have cars on campus, There are literally thousands of jobs available for students on there are several other ways to navigate around MSU. The campus. More than 17,000 students work on campus each year Capital Area Transportation Authority operates an extensive bus in over 100 different job classifications. MSU’s Career Services system on and off campus, and semester bus passes are avail- Network is available to help your student find a job that fits their able for purchase at reasonable prices. If you’ve been to campus schedule. Visit them online at www.csp.msu.edu. and noticed the bike racks outside every building, you know that many students use bicycles to get around. Other modes of How do students do their banking? transportation range from rollerblades and skateboards to good Many students choose to open an account with the Michigan old-fashioned walking. Though MSU is a large campus, students State University Federal Credit Union. MSUFCU is the largest rarely have trouble getting from one place to another. university-based credit union in the world, and provides many benefits to students, including more ATMs than any other institution in the greater Lansing area — including on campus. MSUFCU offers full-service financial products to members of the parent Orientation program MSU community. Visit them online at www.msufcu.org. Parents of new students are highly encouraged to par- What happens if my student gets sick? ticipate in the Parent Orientation Program (POP) that Olin Health Center provides medical and dental care for students takes place simultaneously with your student’s Academic during their enrollment at Michigan State, including primary care, Orientation Program. POP is free and registration is not urgent care, gynecology, physical therapy, immunizations, and allergy injections. Located on campus, Olin Health Center helps necessary. A variety of topics are addressed at POP, all thousands of students each year feel better whether they’re suf- designed to increase parents’ awareness about the pro- fering from a cold or flu or something more serious. Olin’s Phone grams and services available at Michigan State and ease Information Nurse is also available 24 hours a day, seven days the transition of sending a student to college. For more a week to answer any health-related questions your student may information, visit www.orientation.msu.edu. have. Find more information about Olin Health Center online at www.olin.msu.edu. Safety and security at MSU How safe is Michigan State’s campus? Who polices the MSU campus? Located in East Lansing, Mich. — once voted as one of the Michigan State has its own campus police force. The MSU Police “Friendliest Cities in America” — the Michigan State campus currently has 100 full-time employees, including 69 sworn of- supports more than 45,000 students and approximately 11,000 ficers. All MSU Police officers have earned at least a bachelors employees. Compared with other campuses, as well as cities of degree. The MSU Police provide service 24 hours a day and similar size, MSU’s crime rates are low. investigate all criminal incidents that occur on campus property. Crimes do occur at MSU, as they do at all college campuses, The MSU Police also pursue crime reduction by conducting regu- but the MSU campus is considered a very safe environment. larly scheduled personal safety seminars in the MSU residence Safety is of primary concern, and MSU takes many steps to halls and speak to new students at their Academic Orientation ensure that students, faculty, staff, and visitors are safe on cam- Program. pus. Walkways, parking lots, and buildings are well lit, and more than 150 Green Light emergency phones are located throughout campus. At MSU, we view safety as a shared responsibility between students and the campus community. For our part, we try to edu- cate students on making good choices regarding their personal safety and provide enhancements to residence hall rooms which aid students in keeping safe. University Calendar What about the residence halls? Fall semester 2008 With 23 undergraduate residence halls, MSU operates the largest single-campus residence hall system in the nation. The safety August 20: Freshmen and transfer students move in and security of Michigan State’s residence halls is given regular August 25: Fall semester classes begin attention. In a recent survey, 94 percent of University Housing residents stated that they feel very safe in the residence halls. September 1: Labor Day holiday, no classes, university All residence hall rooms feature hard-wired smoke detectors closed and fire-rated room and wing doors. As halls are being renovated, they are being equipped with sprinkler systems for fire suppres- November 27-28: Thanksgiving Day holiday, no classes, sion. All of our rooms have peepholes so that students can check university closed (residence halls remain open) to see who is at the door before opening it. Night receptionists December 5: Last day of classes are in place to see that only building residents, or the guests they sign in and take responsibility for, are allowed in the building December 5-6: Fall commencements after hours. All halls have security cameras in the lobby areas. MSU also has a pilot program where we’re testing a keyless lock December 8-12: Final exams system on some residence hall doors. December 12: Undergraduate residence halls close for winter break at 8 p.m. How can students navigate campus after dark? The Capital Area Transportation Authority operates the “Night December 25-26: Holiday, university closed Owl” — a service that provides late night/early morning cam- January 1-2, 2009: Holiday, university closed pus transportation. Students can call between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. Monday - Friday, or between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and a small bus will take them to any location on Spring semester 2009 campus. Additionally, students can use StateWalk, an on-campus nighttime walking service where pairs of volunteers will walk with January 12: Spring semester classes begin individuals between on-campus destinations. January 19: Martin Luther King Day, no classes, university open What can my student do to prepare for life at a large university? March 9-13: Spring break, no classes The best thing any student can do to prevent crime is to use common sense. Students should get into the habit of locking May 1: Last day of classes doors and windows, securing valuables, and being aware of their May 4-8: Final exams surroundings. Many students who come from small towns may not be accustomed to such habits, but it’s a good idea to begin May 8-10: Spring commencements practicing them before they come to campus.
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