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New Student Orientation


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New Student Orientation

202 Lawrence Center
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-3305
Fax: 610-430-5945


Join us for Family Weekend 2013!

Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29

For a list of events, click here:  2013 Family Weekend Schedule of Events

Traffic Advisory for Saturday, September 28

Due to the 134th Annual Pennsylvania Firemen's Association Parade, heavy traffic is expected in and around the Borough of West Chester and the West Chester University campus.  Road closures and detours will be in place.  Please be sure to see the traffic information link on the family information schedule and plan accordingly.



Welcome Parents and Families to West Chester University of Pennsylvania! We are excited to welcome both you and your student to campus. We have created an orientation program that is the first step toward success for your student. We value your involvement and support of this program which is designed to ensure your first-year student’s success as they transition from high school to college or your transfer student's success as they transition from another school to West Chester University.

Why Orientation?

All first-year (freshman) students new to West Chester University are required to attend a two-part orientation program: a one-day program held in June, and August orientation programming held the weekend before classes start. Transfer students who have taken fewer than 60 credits must attend a mandatory one-day orientation session held in June or July. We encourage you to explore either the First Year tab or the Transfer tab. These tabs will provide you with information to review with your student as they prepare to attend an orientation day.

What to Expect at Orientation

On all the first-year and transfer orientation days we also offer a parent/family orientation session. If you attend the parent/family program you and your student will follow two different schedules for the day. Both the parent and the student programs have valuable information you and your student will need as your new student transitions to WCU.

At check-in you will be provided with a schedule for the day and a parent folder with information and an overview of WCU. During the day you will learn about the resources available for you and your new student, network with faculty and staff, and have some of those unanswered questions resolved.

Please refer to both the First-Year Student and Transfer Student tabs for more information about their orientation day, registration, and experience.

Example of Parent Orientation Schedule

Click HERE for a sample parent orientation schedule for first-year orientation days.

Click HERE for a sample parent orientation schedule for transfer orientation days.

Example of First-Year Orientation Schedule

Click HERE for a sample first-year orientation schedule.

Example of Transfer Student Schedule

Click HERE for a sample transfer orientation schedule.

Parent FAQs

  1. When should my student choose a day to attend an orientation session?
    As soon as possible. Discuss a date that works for you and your student and register for the date online. Note that sessions fill up quickly so the sooner a date is selected and confirmed the better. Requests to change a scheduled orientation date can only be honored if space permits, and students must stay for the entire program, so please choose an orientation date that will not conflict with other commitments.

  2. Why is orientation mandatory?
    Orientation is mandatory for all new first-year (freshman) students and all transfer students who have earned fewer than 60 credits prior to the start of their first academic semester at WCU. The program is mandatory because we have found that orientation is a crucial first step toward a student’s successful experience at WCU. Orientation is an opportunity to learn about the campus, review a student’s academic plan, meet other new students, and learn about the many resources available to add to the success of all new students.

  3. Does WCU offer overnight housing the day before our orientation program and/or are there hotel accommodations in the area?
    University Student Housing (USH) is offering overnight accommodations in Brandywine Hall for guests participating in the orientation program. Make your trip to campus less stressful and more convenient.  Guest will have access to free overnight parking as well.  To make your reservation go to or, email USH at A list of area hotels can be found by clicking the Visitors tab on the University's home page.

  4. Will we see a residence hall?
    At the end of the day there will be optional tours for you and your student to see a residence hall room.

  5. Will I have time to visit other offices on campus?
    Yes, most offices will stay open until 4:00 PM on orientation days

  6. How much is the orientation fee and will it appear on my student’s tuition bill?
    The orientation fee is $155.00 for first-year students and $68 for transfer students. This fee covers the cost of the program including staffing, food, business expenses, and your student’s ID card. The first-year orientation fee is higher because it includes the cost of the June program as well as the programming for the August orientation which is also required for first-year students. This fee will NOT appear on your student’s tuition bill.

  7. Where do I park for orientation?
    Orientation parking is available only in the Sharpless Street Parking Garage (15 Sharpless Street). Please do not park in other campus lots unless directed to do so by the orientation staff as you may be ticketed. Street parking is controlled by the Borough of West Chester and is strictly enforced. For a campus map go to

  8. Why do my first year student and I have different schedules for the orientation day?
    During orientation, first-year students are placed into small groups according to their major and/or housing. These groups are facilitated by orientation leaders who are trained to specifically focus on the needs of the incoming students, to answer their questions, and to give them the opportunity to meet other new students. The parent/family program consists of a mix of group presentations and conference-style “workshops” where you can select a session to attend based on your interest. The program will also offer opportunities for parents and family members to have their questions answered.

  9. What if we cannot attend any of the scheduled orientation days?
    If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled orientation days, please call the New Student Programs Office at (610) 436-3305 to discuss arrangements for your student to fulfill their orientation obligation.

  10. What if my student misses his or her scheduled orientation day?
    While we ask that you make every effort to attend your scheduled orientation session, we do recognize that unexpected events such as illness occur. If your student is unable to make their scheduled orientation day, please call New Student Programs at (610) 436-3305 to reschedule for a later session or to make other arrangements for your student to fulfill their orientation obligation.

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