Welcome to the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) New Student Online Orientation & Review!
As a new student in the MAC Program, you will be required to attend our all day New Student Orientation on Campus next Fall. In the mean time, since you are starting before our next full orientation, you will need to complete a preliminary orientation to our program and Heidelberg University. This presentation is designed to introduce you to our program. It elaborates on the variety of information that you have recently received in the mail, heard from our faculty, Program Director, Administrative Assistant and/or the Director of Graduate Recruitment.
We are glad that you have chosen the MAC Program here at Heidelberg University. Our goal is to offer a “student centered” liberal arts experience. This orientation tutorial offers a brief overview of the Graduate Studies in Counseling program. All students must complete this tutorial prior to beginning any coursework. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Graduate Studies at 419.448.2288.
Review this material carefully. At the bottom of each section you must click the link to go to the next page or section. At the very end of this orientation you will take a “Reinforce The Reader”. This will ensure that you’ve paid attention.
- No incoming candidate may register for classes until verification that the quiz has been taken is received, so please don’t forget to take the quiz.
- Once you have taken the quiz, notification will be sent to the Graduate Studies Office and your file will be authorized for registration. This quiz allows you to reinforce your understanding of our program as well as to note areas for which you may need clarification from your advisor.
- Should you receive a score LESS than a 70%, you will need to retake the quiz to achieve a score of 70% or above.
This on-line tutorial cannot be substituted for the one-day “New Student Fall Orientation” offered each August. Completion of this preliminary orientation will allow you to begin coursework in the MAC Program, but you will still be required to register for and complete the on-campus Fall Orientation scheduled for the Saturday prior to the first day of classes every Fall semester.
So… Let’s get started!
MAC Graduate Student Fall Orientation
All new students must register for COU 501, New Student Fall Orientation before beginning Fall semester classes. This 0 credit hour course provides a one day informational session that is held yearly on the Saturday prior to the beginning of the Fall semester with lunch provided. Fall orientation is designed to orient new and continuing students and faculty on such issues as:
- Policies of the MAC program
- Policies relative to Heidelberg University
- Academic advising and program matriculation
- MAC faculty and staff, counseling training, laboratory, curriculum, registration, financial aid, bookstore, library, and miscellaneous, university supported resources
- Current changes in Ohio laws and ethical codes
- Time for students to meet with MAC faculty and staff
A Brief History of Heidelberg University
- Heidelberg was founded in 1850 by members of the German Reformed Church who named the University after the Heidelberg Catechism of 1563.
- Seeking to minister to the German population of Ohio, the founders of the University established a church-affiliated institution staffed by a largely theologically trained faculty. Into the 1890s and beyond, the ideal of training Christian scholars persisted as the goal of a Heidelberg education.
- No laymen served as President of the University until after World War II.
- Heidelberg tenured faculty members were required to be members of a Christian faith until the early 1970s. Today, many of the staff and the students are not members of the United Church of Christ. This denomination was formed in 1957 by a merger of the Evangelical and Reformed Church with the Congregational Christian Churches.
- In becoming an independent, church-related, liberal arts educational institution, Heidelberg has interpreted the educated person to be an individual who can articulate the relationship between academic learning and learning for life. From five students in its first graduating class, Heidelberg has experienced periods of growth and contraction during its long and rich history. Today, Heidelberg offers 28 majors and employs 86 faculty (FTE). Its total enrollment is over 1,500 students, in all programs, and has been increasing in recent years.
The University Today
Heidelberg is a University of both change and continuity. Proud of its over 159 year tradition, Heidelberg continues to be dedicated toward a liberal arts education, a path the University has followed since its founding when it educated ministers. Today, because men and women change goals and careers with frequency during their lifetimes, Heidelberg’s mix of a liberal arts education with career opportunities offers students a solid base on which to grow in their professional and personal lives. A liberal arts education expands knowledge, sharpens the intellect and explores cultural frameworks so that men and women can shape their values and their lives perceptively and with vision. Educational opportunities afford time for looking at professional options, for developing marketable skills and for gaining real-world experience.
Notice of Nondiscrimination Policy
From its founding, Heidelberg University has believed in the dignity of the individual. Heidelberg University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. Heidelberg University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, age, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, sex or handicap in the administration of its admission policies, educational policies and programs, financial aid programs, employment practices, and athletic and other University-administered programs and activities.
Graduate Studies at Heidelberg
If you have not yet visited our offices in person, then this picture of Aigler Alumni Building will help you find us (pictured to the right). Aigler is home to the Political Science, Anthropology, Criminal Justice and Psychology departments, as well as the Graduate Studies Office, all located on the first floor, and the Master of Arts in Counseling offices, located on the second floor. The Graduate Studies Office is where you will find the Administrative Assistant, Melissa Nye, who manages admission for all four of Heidelberg's Graduate Programs. The MAC faculty offices are found on the second floor. All of us can be reached by calling 419.448.2288. Finally, nearly all of your classes taken at the main campus will be offered in Aigler. Classrooms are located in the basement, and the first and second floors along with our counseling training lab, student lounge, and a computer lab located in the basement floor . Over the next couple of years or so, you will be spending a lot of time with us in Aigler.
Heidelberg University @ Arrowhead Park
In 1989, Heidelberg University initiated its off-campus undergraduate degree completion program in Arrowhead Park, Maumee, Ohio. In 1997, the program moved to a new facility featuring mediated classrooms, a library and computer lab, student lounge, and bookstore. Students in the Master of Arts in Counseling program may take up to 24 credit hours, including transfer credit, toward their 48 semester hour degree requirements at Heidelberg’s Arrowhead Park site. It is not possible to complete the degree at this site. Heidelberg University at Arrowhead Park is located at 1757 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, Ohio 43537.
The Graduate Catalog
Specific program policies, procedures and information can be found in the Graduate Catalog, which is mailed to all students once conditionally accepted or approved to register for classes. Students must follow the catalog of the year they started the program throughout their entire program. Should they decide to switch to a more current catalog, a catalog change form must be filled out. This form, titled "Change of Program or Concentration" form, can be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office or printed off the Graduate Studies Forms web page. Current and past catalogs are all posted on the website for reference as well.