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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 59, Number 2 (Oct. 1957)

Smoother sailing for freshmen,   pp. 10-[11]

Page 10

Prospective freshmen from 69 Wisconsin counties and 21 states gathered in
Room 165 Bascom Hall in groups of about
50 each to get acquainted with the campus and pre-registration consultants
like Prof. Fred Leidel, engineering, above.
REMEMBER your first day on the campus? Very likely it
     was a highly hectic twenty-four hours, at best--check-
ing into your room, taking placement tests, possibly meeting
your academic adviser, perhaps saying good-bye (for a week)
to your parents.
   As of 1957 this picture was altered for 1,920 freshmen set
on entering the University of Wisconsin.
   About June 1, and for several weeks thereafter, some 2,700
prospective Wisconsin freshmen, who had successfully sought
permits to register, received a letter which began like this:
       Now that you have been admitted to the University,
     your next step is to get acquainted with your new sur-
     roundings and to choose carefully the subjects you will
     study during your first semester. To help you accomplish
     this, you are asked to participate in a one day advance-
     registration-orientation  during  the period  July  15-
     August 23
   When August 24 did roll around, Registrar Paul Trump
 and the many others who worked on the program were
 elated with its early success.
   The new students who participated in the program had re-
ceived preliminary orientation, taken psychological and
placement tests, and planned their first semester- academic
work with the assistance of registration consultants. In addi-
tion, they had acquired a passing acquaintance with the city
of Madison, and generally "broken the ice."
  The freshmen-to-be weren't quite ready to begin classes, of
course. They were to come back on September 18 to partici-
pate in an intensive 3-day program of further orientation, to
meet their faculty advisers, and to revise their study programs,
if necessary. (The 800 or so freshmen who didn't take part
in the advance program had to report a day earlier so that
they could catch up.)
  The advance-registration for freshmen was a logical

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