Dog Days 2010, a series of 13 orientation sessions at California State University, Fresno, begins June 8 and runs through July 13, preparing students new to campus for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 23.

Dog Days is open to the 2,400 freshmen and 1,800 transfer students projected to attend the university for the first time and to their parents and guests. All new undergraduates are expected to attend Dog Days, and the sessions are mandatory for freshmen, said Kenneth Ternate, coordinator of the program within the Division of Student Affairs.

“We look forward to meeting and assisting our new students and their parents as they enter Fresno State this historic Centennial year for the university,” said Dr. Paul M. Oliaro, vice president for student affairs.

The university will observe its 100th anniversary throughout the year with a series of events that includes a special community celebration with a parade and Tailgate of the Century on Oct. 16 at Homecoming. The celebration ends May 21, 2011 with Fresno State’s 100th Commencement.

During Dog Days, academic advisers from each college or school will be available to discuss general education and major academic requirements. Faculty and student leaders will answer questions and give insight into campus life. A career services presentation, campus resource fair, campus safety discussion and campus tours also are offered.

Each Dog Days session begins with check-in at 7:15 a.m. in front of the Joyal Administration Building and the program runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Included is time for parents/guests to receive answers to their questions about academics and co-curricular opportunities for students.

If applicable, the English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry-Level Mathematics Test (ELM) must be taken and scores received before registration for classes is permitted. The next ELM/EPT testing date is June 19 (test registration deadline Friday, June 4).

The Dog Days office (Joyal Administration Building Room 224) is open 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and closed for lunch noon-1 p.m. The office is open Dog Days session days 9:30-11 a.m. and 12:15-2 p.m.

A detailed Dog Days schedule is available and required reservations can be made online For more information, call 559.278.4885.

Note: The university no longer is accepting applications for first-time freshmen and transfer students for fall. For application information, contact University Outreach at 559.278.2048 or visit

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