Departments across campus are working around the clock to help with the annual summer ritual known as orientation, which kicked off this week at NAU.

Around 6,000 participants are expected to cycle their way through one of 16 sessions to learn more about NAU’s academic options, student services, financial aid and more.

A group of about 40 student orientation leaders is working closely with new students and their families to connect them with valuable academic and student services. They have a range of responsibilities at the sessions—from facilitating group discussions, to leading tours, to setting up information booths to serving on student panels.

“Our primary goal is student success,” said David Forgues, director of New Student Programs, which coordinates orientation.

“Orientation leaders are vital in easing the transition for new students as well as their families,” Forgues said, adding they provide a first-hand insight into what college and specifically life at NAU is all about. Equally important, said Forgues, is how they help ease the transition that parents experience when their students go away to college.

Orientation sessions run through August. The schedule and other information is online.