July 23, 2004

New McMaster students participate in special prelude to first-year University

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The Prelude to Mac team. McMaster's new online orientation program, Prelude to Mac, helps first-year students adapt to university life.

Hamilton, ON - New students at McMaster University will receive a special introduction to the 2004-05 academic year through a new online orientation program called Prelude to Mac.

Launched Monday, July 19, Prelude to Mac (http://maclife.mcmaster.ca/prelude) is designed to ease the transition from high school to University for first year students before they arrive for classes in September.

The Web site, which is organized around seven weekly themes such as Introduction to Mac, campus resources, and academic success, comes complete with videos, information, weekly quizzes and message boards.

Michele Corbeil of the First-Year Experience Office is one of the founders of the project. “Prelude to Mac will help new students become familiar and comfortable with the campus and university life. It allows new students to meet upper year students on-line and will help them achieve success while they are here at McMaster,” Corbeil explains. Prelude to Mac is a collaborative initiative within Student Affairs.

For Corbeil, the most valuable feature of the program is the message boards where participants can chat with new and senior students. “The chat feature gives new students the ability to ask questions of upper year students and allows them to connect with other new McMaster students,” she says. Faculty advisors will also participate as moderators of the message boards.

McMaster is expecting to welcome between 4,400 and 4,500 first-year students to the University when classes begin in September.

McMaster University, one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities, has world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities. McMaster's culture of innovation fosters a commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University has a student population of more than 20,000 and more than 112,000 alumni in 128 countries around the world.