Alfred State College welcomed hundreds of students to campus this month for their initial indoctrination to college life through its annual orientation program. Entering students and their families attended informative and interactive programs throughout the day and had their questions answered on items such as registration, financial aid, and housing; additionally, they toured residence halls. Orientation programs offer entering students a head start on meeting key people in their academic areas, recognizing the academic requirements of their curriculums, and getting to know the campus. It also offers them the opportunity to meet new friends and participate in activities before classes start which helps make the transition between high school and college smoother. Parents were afforded the chance to talk with some of ASC's administrators about what to expect in the transition and first semester. Beyond the critical information conveyed, students were welcomed as members of the campus community. For students attending classes on the Alfred Campus (Management & Engineering Technology and Arts & Sciences), one of the main components of the day was scheduling their fall semester classes. For students attending classes on the Applied Technology Campus, a session on the Wellsville Campus with the academic dean and Student Services personnel as well as an opportunity to see various tool vendors was also on tap. ASC's Orientation program is an integral part of the process for students preparing for a successful college experience. Pictured here, one of ASC's Orientation leaders (far right) helps Alfred State's entering students to "hit the ground running" for their collegiate experience.