Scholarship recipients kick off MTSU CUSTOMS orientations

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Senior Claire Owens, left, who volunteers in MTSU's New Student and Family Programs office, waits while Neal Burton and his mother, Debbie Reyes, complete paperwork as CUSTOMS orientation for freshmen scholarship recipients began May 18. Burton, 18, is a senior at Central Magnet High School in Murfreesboro. Also pictured is MTSU Student Government Association 2015-16 President Lindsey Pierce. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

MTSU welcomed to campus more than 300 freshman scholarship recipients and family members from across the state, South and other parts of the country Wednesday (May 18) for the first of a two-day CUSTOMS orientation session.

Coordinated by the Office of New Students and Family Programs, CUSTOMS shows freshmen the ropes of being an MTSU student. It helps new undergraduate students make the transition into the university; it prepares them for educational opportunities; and it propels them into the intellectual, cultural and social climate of the university.

For Caroline Moore, a senior at Hillwood High School in Nashville, it was her first visit to campus.


"I am undecided on a major," Moore said as she walked from the James Union Building to Tucker Theater, where she and her mother, Susan Moore, heard a welcome and preview of the day's activities from Dr. Deb Sells, vice president of Student Affairs and vice provost for Enrollment and Academic Services.

CUSTOMS orientation sessions for new students will continue until the end of July.


To learn more about CUSTOMS , dates for the remaining sessions and to register for a future session in May, June or July, visit Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students are required to attend every CUSTOMS activity and register for classes at the end of the session.

For more information, visit the CUSTOMS website or call 615-898-5533. New Student and Family Programs is located in Keathley University Center Room 326.

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