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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


January Orientation: Friday, January 9, 2015

Snow Date: Friday, January 16, 2015

See the January Orientation drop down menu to the right for details.


Transfer Students

Summer Orientation

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.

What to Expect at Transfer Orientation

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.

Example Summer Transfer Orientation Schedule

How to Schedule Classes

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.

Transfer Orientation FAQs

  1. 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.
  2. Is there an Orientation Fee?
    Yes, the fee for transfer orientation is $68.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 inquire about your registration.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 on our Lodging page.
  10. 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. View our Campus Map.
  11. 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.
  12. Where does the Orientation Day take place?
    Transfer orientation is held in Sykes Student Union, 115 W. Rosedale Avenue. View our Campus Map.

Transfer Orientation Dates and Registration

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:

  1. Log into your MyWCU account. Select the Schedule your Orientation Session link located in the Alerts section and complete the registration form.
  2. Pay the $68 Orientation Fee with a credit card using the convenient online payment option or by following the instructions for paying by mail with a check or money order. This fee will not appear on your University bill.
  3. Once your registration form is complete and your orientation fee has been paid, you will receive an e-mail via your WCU e-mail account confirming your Orientation date. Your registration is not complete and your space is not reserved until your fee is paid and you receive the confirmation e-mail.

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.

January Orientation

  1. When Is January Orientation?
    • January Orientation is Friday, January 9, 2015.
    • Check-in will be held from 8:45am to 9:25am in the lobby of Sykes Student Union, 110 W. Rosedale Avenue. Light refreshments will be served.
    • The program runs from 9:30am to 1:30pm, with optional programs from 1:30 to 2:00pm.
    • University offices are open until 4:30pm so you can handle other University business after Orientation.
    • The snow date for Orientation is Friday, January 16th.
    • Information about inclement weather changes will be placed on our website and on our voicemail at 610-436-3305.
  2. What Can I Expect at Orientation?
    • We will provide you with information about academics and student life, answer your questions, help you become familiar with WCU, and introduce you to other new students through small group discussions and activities.
    • You will receive your WCU student ID (Ram e-Card).
  3. How Do I Register and Pay for Orientation?
    • To register for January orientation, log onto your MyWCU account and choose the Schedule Your Orientation Session link located in the Alerts section. Instructions for setting up your MyWCU account were included in your Admissions acceptance packet.
    • Read and follow the online instructions to complete the form and pay the $68.00 orientation fee.
    • You will be able to pay online with a credit card or you can pay by check or money order.
    • If you need a payment plan for the Orientation fee, please contact New Student Programs at 610-436-3305.
  4. Why Is There an Orientation Fee?
    • The orientation fee covers all costs associated with the Orientation program including materials and staffing as well as students' meals and ID cards.
    • Orientation registrations are not complete until the Orientation fee has been received.
  5. When Does Registration Start and What is the Registration Deadline?
    • Online registration begins on November 1, 2014.  Your online registration form and orientation fee must be received no later than Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
  6. Does January Orientation Include Academic Advising and Scheduling?
    • January Orientation DOES NOT include academic advising or scheduling.
    • To schedule, contact your major department as soon as possible to make an appointment and finalize your course schedule (undeclared students must schedule an appointment with Pre-Major advising). A list of departments and phone numbers was included in your Admissions acceptance packet.
    • Please note that University offices will be closed from Thursday, December 25, 2014, through Thursday, January 1, 2015, with some offices having limited staff and/or hours on Wednesday, December 31.
  7. Can Parents, Family Members or Guests Attend Orientation?
    • Yes, a special program is scheduled during January Orientation for parents, family members and guests.
    • There is no charge for this program, although lunch is not provided.
    • Parents, family members and guests can purchase a lunch ticket at check-in. Lunch tickets will be $8.00 per person. Students' lunches are included in their orientation fee.
    • To assist us in planning, please complete the parent section of the online registration form. In addition, please complete a Parent/Guardian Information Sheet.
  8. Where Do I Park?
    • Park in any student space behind Sykes Student Union.
    • Do not park in faculty/staff spaces as you may be ticketed.
    • Alternate parking can be found in M lot near the Swope Music Building.
    • Street parking is controlled by the Borough of West Chester and is strictly enforced.
    • Some metered parking is available on Rosedale Avenue. Meters have a 3-hour time limit.
    • Click on the parking icon on the New Student Programs home page for a campus map and driving directions.

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