By Don Threm ASU Mid-South
All first-time, degree-seeking students at Arkansas State University Mid-South are strongly encouraged to attend New Student Orientation on Thursday, Jan. 7, before enrolling in spring 2016 classes. Orientation will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Magruder Hall on the college’s South Campus. To register for New Student Orientation, please call (870) 733-6736. Students are encouraged to complete the online application at the college’s website, http://www.asumidsouth.edu, prior to orientation. Students who need financial assistance to pursue higher education should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Help with the form is available on the South Campus 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Students also have the option of completing an aid application online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. ASU Mid-South’s federal school code is 015862. For more information on financial assistance available at the college, please call the Financial Aid Office at (870) 733-6729. John Easley, Dean of Enrollment Management, said New Student Orientation provides an involved, in-depth look at what it’s like to be a college student on the West Memphis campus. “The sessions will offer an opportunity for students to meet knowledgeable and helpful representatives from campus organizations, student support offices, and academic areas who will provide valuable information about our institution and the overall college experience,” Easley pointed out. Orientation also provides students new to ASU Mid-South with an opportunity to meet other students beginning their college experience, to visit with an academic advisor who will assist in course selection for the upcoming semester, and to tour the campus to become familiar with the buildings, services, and surroundings. All students who have not attended college since graduating from high school or since earning a GED are encouraged to participate. Former concurrent high school students (who took college classes before graduating from high school) who have not attended a post-secondary institution since their high school graduation should also attend. “One of the goals of orientation is to give our students a more individualized experience so that they can make connections early and start developing relationships with fellow students, staff, and faculty,” Easley said. “When students step on our campus that first day of class, they will know where important people and important services are located so they can get engaged earlier.” All first-time, award-seeking college students are required by the state to complete a placement exam before registering for classes, and ASU Mid-South provides COMPASS testing. Placement test results help counselors suggest classes that give students the best opportunity for success. Students who took the ACT previously and scored below 19 are encouraged to take the COMPASS. Call (870) 733-6728 for testing information. Other required application/enrollment documents include immunization/shot records and an official high school transcript or GED® certificate. Transfer and non-degree seeking students (those students who are just taking classes for personal enrichment or to transfer to another college or university) are not required to attend an orientation session, but they may participate if interested. For more information on ASU Mid-South, visit the campus at 2000 West Broadway in West Memphis, call (870) 733-6728, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or see the website at http://www.asumidsouth.edu. A comprehensive, accredited two-year institution, ASU Mid-South continues to offer one of the lowest tuition rates in the region. At only $90 per credit hour for Crittenden County residents, the college is an educational bargain for students seeking one-year certificates, two-year degrees, and transfer courses.