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Hundreds of new students and their families have crisscrossed campus on guided tours in May and June, getting acquainted with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and all it offers.

The tours are just one aspect of the Titan Takeoff new student experience designed to help incoming students develop a sense of belonging and become familiar with campus culture.

“Titan Takeoff helps students begin to think about and prepare for the transition from high school to college,” said Jennie Hartzheim, UW Oshkosh coordinator of new student and family programs.

“Student success is linked to a student’s sense of belonging. By focusing on and fostering their sense of belonging, they are more likely to persist and graduate from UW Oshkosh.”

In each of 12 sessions held in May and June and one more coming in August, Titan Takeoff introduces an average of 130 to 140 new students and 170 family members to UW Oshkosh. The second part of new student orientation, Titan Welcome, takes place in September.

At Titan Takeoff, the students connect with other new students and explore being active members of UWO’s inclusive campus community.

“During the program, the students also explore their academic program, meet one-on-one with an academic adviser and learn how to register for classes,” Hartzheim said.

Titan Takeoff also offers a separate track that introduces family members to how their role will evolve as their student transitions to college and moves through their time at UWO.

“Families are our partners in student success,” Hartzheim said. “The program educates family members on the many student success and support resources available on campus to their student.”

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