Vandal Friday Offers Preview, Resources for Admitted Students

Tuesday, March 22 2011


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho will hold four Vandal Friday events this year for those students who have been admitted for fall 2011.

During the events, students may tour the university campus; meet with professors and advisers; register for classes weeks before other students; purchase Vandal gear; and learn about housing options, financial aid services, and academic and personal support staff.

Two of the events – March 25 and April 1 – are extensive. They include an overnight stay to "test drive" on-campus housing through a one- or two-night stay in a residence hall, fraternity, sorority or the Steel House co-op.

Representatives from many student organizations will be on-hand at the Academic and Activities Information Fair to provide information about the numerous leadership, educational and social opportunities available.

“Vandal Friday is the first chance students have to experience the campus,” said Steve Neiheisel, assistant vice president for enrollment management. “It is also the first person-to-person connection many students make with the University of Idaho.”

He noted that Vandal Friday is a great opportunity to prepare students for their first day on campus. Besides registering for classes, students can receive their Vandal Cards, sign up for housing, and choose a meal plan.

Special information sessions also are available for parents, and will touch on a variety of topics, such as financing a student's education and how to adjust to life with a college student. There is no cost for parents and family members to participate in Vandal Friday, other than for the Friday lunch, which will be $6 at the door.

Students who are unable to attend Vandal Friday may attend one of the Vandal Friday Limited events. These programs exclude some of the activities included in Vandal Friday; however, students will receive information regarding housing options and transitioning into the university, and help with registering for fall classes.

Two Vandal Friday Limited events will be held April 8 and April 15. These one-day events focus on tackling the business side of becoming a student. There are ample opportunities for one-on-one attention from advisers, staff and faculty.

Registration information and full details are available at www.uidaho.edu/vandalfriday. Reservations are required one week before the events and students must be admitted to the University of Idaho to attend.
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About the University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu.