Dog Days 2017, a series of orientation sessions to prepare new students for the fall semester, begins Monday, June 12, and runs through July 25 with more than 6,000 participants registered to attend one of the events on campus.

Orientation session dates are dependent on the student’s major. Three types of sessions will be offered: one-day, two-day and two-day overnight. The fall semester begins Aug. 17 with classes beginning Aug. 22.

Each Dog Days session begins with check-in at 7 a.m. in front of the Joyal Administration building. One-day sessions run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The two-day session will include all the information presented in the one-day orientation plus seminars about campus life and social justice. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the first day and 8 a.m. to noon the second.

The two-day overnight program includes an optional evening session. The program runs during the same time as the two-day sessions, with students spending the night in the University Courtyard housing.

Dog Days is open to the 13,647 new students (10,306 freshmen and 3,341 transfers) admitted to the University for fall 2017, plus their parents and guests. The sessions are mandatory for freshmen and transfer students.

Registration is closed for freshmen, but transfer students may still register. The Office of Advising Services is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the summer.

To date, 5,853 are registered to attend the summer orientation sessions where academic advisers from each college or school will be available to discuss general education and major academic requirements. Staff, faculty and student leaders will answer questions and give insight into campus life. A campus resource fair, campus safety discussion and campus tours are offered.

Breakout workshops in Spanish, exclusively for parents and guests attending with their students, also will be available. In addition to various presentations about college life, parents and guests will have the opportunity to ask questions about academics and co-curricular activities for students.

The Dog Days office in the Joyal Administration building (Room 224) is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

A detailed Dog Days schedule is available and required reservations can be made online at Additional information is available at or 559.278.4885.

Note: The University no longer is accepting applications for first-time freshmen and transfer students for the fall. However, applications are being accepted for spring 2018. For application information, contact Undergraduate Student Recruitment at 559.278.2048 or visit

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