Classes don’t start for another three weeks at Oklahoma State University, but freshman Tandrea Lambert already has found dozens of future classmates with similar interests, reports Lambert met her new friends online through a social media network hosted by OSU. Technology is transforming the way new students connect with each other and their campuses. About 1,800 incoming OSU students from 48 states and eight countries have registered for OKStateU 1.0, a social media web site the university launched in May. The site serves as a communication tool that allows incoming students to share or receive information about campus programs and services across multiple platforms. Only incoming OSU students are allowed to register for the site. Students can create personal profiles and share photos, videos, schedules, and more. The site also gives students access to information about more than 200 events that will take place during Welcome Week, a fall welcome experience for new students. The site was designed to help students transition to college in a way that is comfortable to them, said Terrance Smith, a graduate student and an administrator for the site. Many students use social media networks, so they are familiar with the format, Smith said…

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