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Hello, New Rams!

Welcome to WCU! We're so happy you'll be joining us this fall.

As a new student, you're required to attend summer orientation to help you prepare for your first semester as a Golden Ram. First-year orientation sessions will be held in June and July.  Each academic college has specific dates for their majors, so you choose which date works best for you. Not sure what college you're in? Don't worry, you'll only see the dates for your college when you log in to register.

More information about registering for orientation will be posted soon, so please check back. If you have any questions about orientation in the meantime, please don't hesitate to reach out to New Student Programs at orientation@wcupa.edu or (610) 436-3305. 

Rams Up!

Summer 2024 Orientation Information

Register

1.  Log into your Admissions Portal. The link to register will be at the top of your status page once registration opens.

2.  Register for your preferred session using the calendar. You'll only see the orientation dates for your academic college based on your current major. 

3.  Email orientation@wcupa.edu if: 

    • You wish to change your orientation date.  Change requests can only be accommodated if space permits.
    • You change your major before your scheduled orientation date so we can rescheduled you if necessary.
    • You are unable to make any of the orientation dates for your academic college.

NOTE:  Since you are logging into your admissions portal to register, use the email address and password you used when you submitted your admissions application to WCU.

 Accommodation Needs

New Student Programs is committed to making orientation accessible to all new Golden Rams and their guests. Please specify your needs on your orientation registration form, or reach out to us at orientation@wcupa.edu or (610) 436-3305 to discuss: 

  • Accessibility Needs
    We will do our best to accommodate all accessibility needs. The sooner we know about your needed accommodation, the more time we have to prepare. While we will make every effort to meet your needs, we may be unable to assist with accommodation requests received fewer than two weeks before your scheduled orientation and will communicate any progress with you.
  • Spanish Language Interpretation
    New Student Programs offers interpretation services to our Spanish-speaking students and guests. Please let us know on your registration form or email us at orientation@wcupa.edu if you or your guest would like to utilize this service, and one of our interpreters will reach out to discuss your needs.
  • Low Sensory Spaces
    We recognize that some of the large sessions at orientation may cause sensory concerns for some individuals. Alternative low-sensory spaces will be available to make those sessions accessible to new Rams and their guests. Please see any member of the orientation staff and they can direct you to this space.  A low-sensory space is also available during lunch as an alternative to The Commons Dining Hall. 
 
 
Asplundh Concert Hall & Sykes Ballrooms

 

The Commons Dining Hall
The Commons Dining Hall

Before You Come

Before coming to on-campus orientation, upload an ID photo for your Ram Card.

Food Service

Students' lunch in the dining hall is included in the program. Guests can pay $5.50 to eat lunch in the dining hall, or they are welcome to explore off-campus lunch options in the Borough of West Chester. We kindly request that guests pay in cash as it helps the meal ticket line move more quickly. Exact change is greatly appreciated! 

Guests

We know orientation is an exciting time for the entire family, but due to space limitations, each new Ram is permitted to bring only one guest to orientation. We appreciate your cooperation with this policy in order to ensure a comfortable, productive orientation day for everyone. Guests and students will attend separate orientation sessions for portions of the day. Parents, guardians, and anyone who supports a Golden Ram are encouraged to sign up for Ram Fam Central to help them stay up to date on the latest news, information and happenings at WCU.

Location & Schedule

On-campus Orientation check-in starts at 8:30 AM at the Asplundh Concert Hall in the Philips Memorial Building located at 700 S. High St. The orientation program begins promptly at 9:15 AM and will end at 4 PM. Student and guest schedules will be posted here as soon as they are available.

 

 

 

Orientation Dates

New Golden Rams are required to attend one of the following summer orientation sessions for their academic college. 

Thursday, June 20  
College of Arts & Humanities, College of Education & Social Work, University College, Wells School of Music, Academic Success Program

Friday, June 21
College of Business & Public Management, College of Health Sciences, Academic Success Program

Tuesday, June 25
College of Sciences & Mathematics, University College, Academic Success Program

Wednesday, June 26
College of Business & Public Management, College of Health Sciences, Academic Success Program

Thursday, June 27
College of Sciences & Mathematics, University College, Academic Success Program

Friday, June 28  
College of Arts & Humanities, College of Education & Social Work, College of Health Sciences, Wells School of Music, Academic Success Program

Tuesday, July 9
College of Arts & Humanities, College of Education & Social Work, University College, Wells School of Music

Wednesday, July 10
College of Sciences & Mathematics, University College

Thursday, July 11
College of Business & Public Management, College of Health Sciences

Friday, July 12
College of Business & Public Management, College of Sciences & Mathematics

 

Parking

Free parking will be available in the Sharpless Parking Garage located at the corner of S. Church and Sharpless Streets (enter on Sharpless Street). Alternate parking will be available in The Commons Parking Garage (enter on N. Campus Drive). You can find both garages on our campus map

To avoid being ticketed or towed, do not park in faculty/staff parking lots. These require a valid permit and are strictly enforced. Street parking is controlled by the Borough of West Chester and is also strictly enforced. If parking on the street, you will need to pay at the meter or kiosk. West Chester University does not validate or reimburse for Borough-controlled parking. 

Rescheduling your Orientation

If you need to reschedule your orientation, please reach out to orientation@wcupa.edu for assistance. Requests to reschedule can only be accommodated if space permits. 

Resource Pantry Donations

The West Chester University Resource Pantry supports student success by minimizing food and basic need insecurity and preparing students for life after graduation.

As a new Golden Ram, you can help support the Resource Pantry's mission by bringing a donation with you to orientation! The most-needed items for the Resource Pantry include:

PERSONAL CARE ITEMS

  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Dish soap
  • Dryer sheets
  • Laundry pods
  • Lotion
  • Menstrual Care Products
  • Paper towels
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Shaving lotion 
  • Soap (bar and pump)
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes/oral care

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

  • Backpacks
  • Binders
  • Folders
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • Notebooks
  • Pens, pencils, and highlighters

You can also check out the Resource Pantry's Amazon Wish List for more ideas!

 

What to Expect

During on-campus orientation, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your orientation leaders and meet other new Rams, and you'll meet with a representative from your academic department who will review scheduling and requirements for your major and answer questions. You'll also learn about all the support services WCU offers to help every Golden Ram be successful.  

 

UPCOMING ORIENTATION DATES

New Golden Rams are required to attend one of the following summer orientation sessions for their academic college. 

Thursday, June 20:  College of Arts & Humanities, College of Education & Social Work, University College, Wells School of Music, Academic Success Program

Friday, June 21:  College of Business & Public Management, College of Health Sciences, Academic Success Program

Tuesday, June 25:  College of Sciences & Mathematics, University College, Academic Success Program

Wednesday, June 26:  College of Business & Public Management, College of Health Sciences, Academic Success Program

Thursday, June 27:  College of Sciences & Mathematics, University College, Academic Success Program

Friday, June 28:  College of Arts & Humanities, College of Education & Social Work, College of Health Sciences, Wells School of Music, Academic Success Program

Tuesday, July 9:  College of Arts & Humanities, College of Education & Social Work, University College, Wells School of Music

Wednesday, July 10:  College of Sciences & Mathematics, University College

Thursday, July 11:  College of Business & Public Management, College of Health Sciences

Friday, July 12:  College of Business & Public Management, College of Sciences & Mathematics

Registration will open soon. Please check back. 

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orienation leaders wearing purple shirts

 

 
“It seemed like the orientation staff really cared about making our experience amazing, and they made real, intimate conversations with everyone. It made me feel really welcomed as a new student at WCU.” 


- WCU Summer Orientation Participant

 

 

 

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