Transition and Adjustment to Campus
Marian University strives to assist students in their transition to college. Two programs that assist with this are:
SOAR (Student Orientation and Academic Registration) introduces new students to what it means to be a college student at Marian University. Sessions are presented about the advising process, registration for classes, expectations and responsibilities as a student. This one-day program occurs April through July. Students choose one session to attend. The event is sponsored by the Office of Admission, the Office of Mission and Engagement, and the Office of Academic Affairs.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Admission at 920.923.7650.
Sabre Welcome/New Student Orientation is a follow-up program to SOAR. This event begins the weekend before the start of classes. This program is for both residential and commuter students guiding them to adjust to campus, learning how to be a successful student at Marian, and assisting them in meeting their peers. The focus of the welcome event is to introduce the student to the Mission and Values of Marian through interactive activities and sessions. In addition, the students are introduced to the University community by participating in an Opening Pinning Ceremony. Family and friends are invited to this ceremony as well.
All members of the Marian community are constantly working to create a community of learners. Academic success is one outcome. Students need to set expectations and goals in regards to their academic future. A variety of programs are conducted throughout the semester to help address the academic needs of the first-year students.
All first-year students are required to take First-Year Seminar (GEN 101), a 3 credit course that assists to students with their college transition and success. The course focuses on critical thinking, critical reading, and critical questioning while exploring the topic of socially responsible action. In addition, students are introduced to Strengths Quest, a program that explores students’ strengths and talents.
Paul and Elder Critical Thinking Model
Students in GEN 101 explore critical thinking with the use of the Paul and Elder Critical Thinking Model. To learn more about this model please visit the Paul and Elder website: www.criticalthinking.org
Students are encouraged to use the great academic resources available at the college. These resources are available to the students at no cost. The key to success is being able to ask for help. Below are a variety of Offices who serve as resources for students.
First year students are encouraged to seek out venues for academic success: