Friday, May 18, 2007


(MURFREESBORO) — CUSTOMS, the summer orientation for new MTSU students and family members, will begin a two-month run May 30-31, officials in New Student and Family Programs said recently. CUSTOMS will continue until July 31.
CUSTOMS is a two-day session to aid the transition of new undergraduate students to the university, prepare them for educational opportunities and to initiate the integration of new students into the intellectual, cultural and social climate of MTSU.
College of Basic and Applied Sciences and College of Mass Communication majors can attend CUSTOMS May 30-31, June 8-9, June 19-20, July 10-11, July 24-25 and July 30-31.
Jennings A. Jones College of Business, College of Education and Behavioral Science and College of Liberal Arts majors can attend June 5-6, June 12-13, June 22-23, July 19-20 and July 30-31.
Undeclared majors can attend one of the 10 CUSTOMS sessions available throughout the summer (see above dates). CUSTOMS dates are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, a New Student and Family Programs representative said.
Gina Poff, director of New Student and Family Programs, said “more individualized advising” would take place this year.
“We expect that most students will get to meet with a faculty or adviser to individually talk about their major and the course requirements within that major,” Poff said. “The SOAs (summer orientation assistants) will be leading their group to all the events that are in the agenda, so there should be even more group cohesion and an opportunity for our new students to get to know other new students.”
Poff added that a pre-CUSTOMS online program that students must do before they arrive for the orientation will be helpful.
“It is more of an informational video that is entertaining and filled with important information, yet brief,” she said.
CUSTOMS registration for students is $65 and $40 per person for family members. Overnight accommodations will be available in residence halls for an additional fee.
For more information, visit, e-mail or call 615-898-5533. For questions about admission status, call 615-898-2111.

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