Incoming students and their families shuffle through the Information Fair at Beginnings in the atrium of Steinman College Center Wednesday afternoon.
Just two days after 472 members of the Class of 2010 walked across the stage at Commencement, Franklin & Marshall welcomed its newest group of students—the Class of 2014.
Graduating high school seniors descended on campus Monday and Wednesday, May 17 and 19, for Beginnings, the first official activity for incoming students. The program wraps up on May 21.
Beginnings is a one-day program designed to help students feel more comfortable about starting their first year at F&M. During their visit to campus, students prepare for life at the College by meeting the faculty don and prefect in their College House, a faculty adviser who will help them to plan a course schedule, and other incoming students.
Students also have a chance to open bank accounts, receive ID cards, meet with coaches and take placement tests.
The program is also designed to introduce parents of incoming students to the F&M experience. Parents hear remarks from Provost Ann Steiner, Dean of the College Kent Trachte, and Senior Associate Dean of the College Steve O'Day, who heads the program. They also learn about the College House system and listen to current students share their wisdom in a program titled, "Are You Smarter Than a First-Year Student?"
Students and their parents learn more about life at the College during the afternoon, when they visit the Information Fair in the atrium of Steinman College Center. There, they can meet with representatives from public safety, off-campus study, student activities, the library and athletics and recreation, among others.