Get Ready for the Honors Experience!
Credits: Jake Lipman and Matthew Widjaja
The Honors Experience is a special overnight program designed for incoming Honors freshmen and transfer students. You'll make friends with new and current Honors students, meet faculty and staff, and learn about registering for classes. Meals are provided. Parents are invited to join their students for lunch and to remain for an information session. The next morning, parents and students will be reunited for breakfast in the Campus Center and the rest of Stockton's Orientation activities.
Invitations for the 2015 Experience will be mailed in mid-May. If you are an accepted Honors student and have not received your invitation by June 1, please contact us at HonorsDirector.stockton.edu
Please note that you MUST send in the Reservation Form and SIGNED waiver form by June 1 in order to be registered for the Honors Experience. You may mail them to:
Attn: Lorraine O'Flaherty
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205-9441
You may also fax them to 609-626-3533, or scan and email them to HonorsDirector@stockton.edu
"My favorite part about the Honors Experience is being able to meet fellow Honors Students and getting to learn more about them and have familiar faces to see when arriving to Stockton in the fall. The Honors Program is a family I am proud to call my own and be a part of, and I am ecstatic to welcome the freshman honors class of 2019."
-- Nancy, Honors Counselor
Schedule for June 21-2, 2015:
June 21, Honors Experience:
- 10:00 am: Freshmen and their parents arrive at the Stockton campus. Visitors are asked to park in Parking Lot 6 and to check in at the Townshend Residential Life Center (TRLC) quad. Click here for driving directions and campus map.
- 10:30 am: Introductions and Q and A, Campus Center Food Court
- 11:00 am: Buffet lunch, Campus Center Food Court
- 12 noon: Welcoming remarks, Campus Center Theater
- 12:45: Freshmen leave for afternoon/evening activities with Honors Counselors. A detailed schedule will be provided at lunch. Parents may remain in the Theater for an information session and Q & A.
Parents are welcome to explore the campus during the afternoon, but they are requested not to arrange to meet their children after 12:45. Students will have a very full schedule and generally prefer to save their news to share in the morning. Parents are invited to join their students for breakfast, and a special set of welcome activities, during their scheduled Orientation day.
Please note that the Seaview Hotel, 1-800-205-6518, offers a discount for parents during Orientation. Please use the the discount code FAFSTOCK if you book online.
"My favorite part of the Honors Experience was meeting the people I would be with in the fall. We got to talk and get to know the people that we would be living with and going to class with in the fall before the chaos of Welcome Week. When I moved in, in August, I already knew several people so I wasn’t completely lost in my first week. A lot of the people I met at Honors Experience are my best friends now."
-- Sara, Honors Counselor
June 22, Stockton Freshmen Orientation begins. Highlights include:
- 8:00 am: Light breakfast and check-in, Event Room in the Campus Center. Honors students may meet their parents here. PLEASE NOTE: ID pictures will be taken at this time.
- Honors Counselor tip: These pictures will remain with you for your entire Stockton career, so think about what you want to look like!
- 8:30 am: Welcome and Introductions
- 9:30-11:45 am: Academic Planning for students; Parent programs for parents
- 11:45-12:15, Lunch
- 12:30-2:00 pm: Registration
- Honors Counselor tip: Stay calm, try not to stress, and don't be afraid to ask for help. You WILL leave with a course schedule for the fall.
- 2:00-3:00 pm: Overview of Residential and Commuter Student Life
- 3:00 pm, Students and Parents reunite, Information Fair in Campus Center
Stockton Transfer Orientation begins on Monday, July 6 and follows a similar schedule.
- Honors Counselor tip: For Honors transfer students, Monday, June 22, is a great day to gather information Stockton offices, such as the Academic Advising, Bursar's Office, and Financial Aid. They're all in the Campus Center, so it's easy to go from one to the other.
The full schedule of Stockton New Student Orientation activities will be available by early June.
"I really enjoyed the Honors Experience as an incoming freshman. I also very much enjoyed participating as an honors counselor last summer. I am very excited to do the same this coming summer, and hope that the Honors Experience continues to be successful in providing a fun and helpful experience for incoming honors freshman."
-- Adam, Honors Counselor
How to Prepare for Course Registration
Honors freshmen will have the opportunity to register for classes with other first-year students on the first day of Orientation, Monday, June 22. Honors transfer students will have the opportunity to register for classes on the first day of Transfer Orienation, Monday, July 6.
You'll find it helpful to think about what classes you want to take before you arrive. We suggest you follow these steps:
Gather course materials:
You'll find it helpful to put together a folder with materials to help you plan your first semester at Stockton.
Learn about Stockton course modules
Start out by printing the course module form below that's right for you. It will have your required freshman or transfer seminar marked on it. You will be pre-registered for this course when you arrive for Orientation. Please note that you MUST take your assigned course to remain in the Honors Program.
Course Module Form for Honors Freshmen (all majors EXCEPT Nursing)
Course Module Form for Honors Freshmen, Nursing majors
Course Module Form for Honors Transfer Students
Investigate your major
If you know what you want to major in, you can look up the required courses by clicking on the links at this page from the Center for Academic Advising. Some majors will list exactly what courses are required for the first semester of freshmen year. Others will give students more choices, but will expect them to start with introductory courses.
If you have not decided on a major, you can find information on how to choose a major from the Center for Academic Advising.
Make a list
Using the information you've found, make a list of courses you might want to take. You may find it helpful to print out the curriculum guide for your major and add it to your folder. Be prepared to come up with a few alternatives.
We're here to help!
If you find it hard to find the right combination of courses, don't stress! You'll have faculty, staff, and student mentors to help you learn about the process during course registration at Stockton Orientation.
What to Send to the Honors Center:
Reservation form for Honors Experience, June 21
Waiver for Students Under 18 on June 21
Waiver for Students 18 or Over on June 21
Please note that the Reservation and waiver forms are due to the Honors Center by June 1, 2015. Please note that all forms must be printed out, and that the waivers must be SIGNED. All forms must be returned via mail, fax, or email.
What to Bring to the Honors Experience:
For activities and residential life:
An extra towel (students have found the ones from Residential Life to be pretty small)
An extra blanket and pillow (the air conditioning in the dorm rooms can get pretty cold)
Soap, hair care products, and other hygiene essentials
Sunscreen and insect repellent (you'll be glad you did)
Whatever personal items you'll need for a night away from home
An open mind
A friendly smile
Lots of questions
What do the students say?
"I truly look forward to extending our Honors Family!"
-- Anthony, Honors Counselor
"The Honors Program does more than introduce students to great friends, it also provides many possibilities for professional development. Many of my professors in my honors courses have shown an interest in my career goals and have connected me with several professional networks to help me pursue my career. The service-learningcomponent of the program is also advantageous because it encourages students to become invested in making a difference."
-- Brittany, Honors Counselor
"Participating in the Honors Experience is the first step in becoming a part of the Honors Program family. Make this first step truly matter and get the most out of the day!"
-- Tori, Honors Counselor
"My favorite part of the Honors Experience was definitely getting the opportunity to meet the people I would be living and spending the next four years with. It was comforting to show up on move in day and see some familiar faces."
-- Kaitlyn, Honors Counselor
"I loved the free time to get to meet fellow honors students and make connections with people that carry over to my first semester in the fall. The honors program is where you will make lifelong friends who share the same high achieving standards. "
-- Drew, Honors Counselor
"I liked meeting the people I would be living and learning with for the next year, and I really loved the Theater Club performance! Through the Honors program I met so many amazing people with similar ambition and drive to succeed. I met some of my best friends and found great mentors who helped me acclimate to living away from home."
-- Lauren, Honors Counselor
" The Honors Program is a community of opportunities. I love this program because it has challenged me in very fulfilling ways."
-- Victoria, Honors Counselor