2014 Transfer Orientation Dates
Session 1-Thursday, August 14
Session 2-Friday, August 15
Session 3-Monday, August 18
Transfer students who have taken fewer than 60 academic credits must attend one of the transfer orientation sessions in August. Transfer students with 60 or more academic credits are welcome to participate in orientation but are not required to attend. Registration for the August transfer orientation is now open. You can find the link to register under the Alerts tab in your MyWCU account.
Please see the information to the right for details about the transfer orientation program.
Welcome to West Chester University and the Office of New Student Programs! We want you to be successful as you make the transition to West Chester University. It is mandatory for all Transfer Students who have earned fewer than 60 credits to attend a one-day transfer orientation session offered in August.
Why Orientation: Transfer students are an important part of our undergraduate community, and we care about your transition to our campus. If you are a transfer student with fewer than 60 credits you must attend a one-day orientation designed to help you transition to the culture and community of West Chester University. If you have earned 60 credits or more, you are not required to attend Orientation but you are welcome to participate.
At Orientation check-in you will be provided with a name tag and the day’s schedule. You will be placed into a peer group for the day (typically related to your major and living assignment), you will tour the campus, receive information about living on campus or commuting, and will learn about the resources available to help you be successful at WCU. Most importantly, you will network with other transfer students and learn how to get involved at WCU.
Academic scheduling is not part of the orientation day. You must call your academic department to arrange a meeting with an advisor to discuss your academic schedule and schedule classes. This meeting should be arranged as soon as possible as classes do fill up quickly. You will not meet with an academic advisor during your orientation day nor have time to do so. Please do not schedule an academic advising meeting for your orientation day unless you are able to schedule the appointment after 2:30 p.m.
Click HERE to see a sample of a summer transfer orientation schedule.
Is Transfer Orientation Mandatory?
Transfer orientation is mandatory for any full-time transfer student who has earned fewer than 60 credits at their previous school(s). Transfer students with more than 60 credits, part-time students taking fewer than 12 credits, and non-traditional students over age 24 do not have to attend transfer orientation, but are welcome to participate. Orientation is important for new students’ development and academic success at WCU.
Is there an Orientation Fee?
Yes, the fee for transfer orientation is $68.
What does the Orientation fee cover?
The $68 Orientation fee covers all the costs associated with Orientation including staffing, materials, meals, and your student ID. If you need to arrange a payment plan for your orientation fee, please contact New Student Programs at (610) 436-3305.
How do I register for a Transfer Orientation Session?
To register for Transfer Orientation, log into your myWCU account and click on the Schedule an Orientation Session link. After completing the online registration form you will be able to pay the orientation fee with a credit card using the online payment option, or you will be given instructions on how to pay the fee by mail using a check or money order.
How will I know which Orientation Day I am attending?
Orientation registrations are completed upon receipt of the Orientation fee. Once you have filled out your online form and your payment has been received we will send an e-mail to your WCU e-mail account with the date of your assigned program. If you have not received this e-mail within 48 hours of submitting an online payment or within two weeks of mailing a payment, please contact New Student Programs at (610) 436-3305 to insquire about your registration.
Can my parents/family attend Orientation with me?
Yes, we have a separate program for parents and families designed to provide them with information and resources to assist you in your transition to WCU. We do not require parents/families to attend this program, but their participation is welcome and strongly encouraged.
How long will the Orientation day be? Do I have to stay the entire day?
Orientation takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and yes, you are required to stay the entire day to complete your orientation requirement.
What if I miss or cannot make the day I registered for?
If you miss orientation or cannot make your registered session, please contact the New Student Programs office to reschedule or make other arrangements to complete your orientation requirement.
Does WCU offer overnight housing the day before our orientation session or are there hotel accommodations in the area?
A list of area hotels can be found by clicking the Visitors tab on the University’s homepage, www.wcupa.edu.
Where do I park on the Orientation Day?
Transfer orientation parking is available in M Lot located behind the E.O. Bull Center for the Arts and the Swope Music Building. The entrance to M lot is located just south of the intersection of High Street and Rosedale Avenue. A limited amount of parking is located behind the Sykes Student Union. YOU MUST PARK IN AREAS DESIGNATED STUDENT PARKING. Please do not park in areas designated faculty/staff parking 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 www.wcupa.edu/campusmap.
Will I be able to schedule for classes the same day as Orientation?
Academic scheduling is not included as part of the Orientation day. We strongly encourage you to schedule an academic advising meeting with your department as soon as possible. A list of academic departments and phone numbers was included in your Admissions acceptance packet. Please do not schedule an advising appointment the same day as your orientation unless you are able schedule a time after 2:30 p.m.
Where does the Orientation Day take place?
Transfer orientation is held in Sykes Student Union, 115 W. Rosedale Avenue. For a campus map go to www.wcupa.edu/campusmap.
As a transfer student you will have the opportunity to attend a one-day orientation session in August. Transfer orientations for 2014 will be held on Thursday, August 14, Friday, August 15 and Monday, August 18.
How to Register: To complete your registration for Transfer Orientation you must do the following:
If you have not received a confirmation e-mail in your WCU e-mail within two business days of submitting an online payment or within ten business days of mailing a payment, please call 610-436-3305 to inquire about your registration.
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