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Hello, New Rams!

We're so excited for summer 2022 orientations and to help you get ready for your first semester as a Golden Ram! You can find all the information you need about summer orientation below, and be sure to check out our Welcome Week page to find out more about what's in store when you move to campus. Not living on campus? Don't worry--we're partnering with our Office of Off Campus and Commuter Services to make sure our newest commuter Rams won't miss out on the fun. Please don't hesitate to reach out to (610) 436-3305 or orientation@wcupa.edu if you have any questions.

Until orientation, Rams UP!

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“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.” 

- 2021 WCU Orientation Participant

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Summer 2022 First-Year Orientation Information

Register

1.  Log into your Admissions Portal

2.  Click the Summer Orientation button at the top of your status page

3.  Register for one of the available 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.

Before You Come

Before coming to orientation, be sure you have:

  • Printed a copy of your fall schedule from myWCU to bring with you
  • Uploaded an ID photo for your Ram Card. Only students who've uploaded a photo will be able to pick up their ID card at orientation.
  • Reviewed the University's latest COVID-19 policies

COVID-19 Policies

All students and guests attending orientation programs are expected to comply with the University's current COVID-19 policies.

Disability Accommodations

The Office of New Student Programs is committed to making sure that orientation is completely accessible to incoming students and guests. We will do our best to accommodate all accessibility needs. Please reach out to us at orientation@wcupa.edu or (610) 436-3305 to discuss your needs. Please note, the sooner we know about your 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 program and will communicate any progress with you.

Food Service

Light refreshments will be served for students and guests prior to the program. Students' lunch in the campus dining hall is included in the program. Guests can purchase a meal ticket to eat in the campus dining hall for $5.00 at orientation, or they are welcome to explore off-campus lunch options in the Borough of West Chester.

Guests

We know orientation is an exciting time for the entire family, but due to space limitations, each student is permitted to bring only one guest to orientation. We appreciate your cooperation with this policy in order to help ensure a safe and productive orientation day for everyone. Guests and students will attend separate orientation sessions for most of the day, including lunch. Guests are expected to follow the University's current Covid guidelines. 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

Check-in takes place at the Business & Public Management Center located on the corner of S. Church and Sharpless Streets.  Check in begins at 8:00 AM. Orientation begins promptly at 8:45 AM.

New Student Fee

All new students are charged a one-time New Student Fee of $145 on their first semester bill. This fee covers all costs associated with summer orientation programming including staffing, mailings, materials and the cost of a student's first WCU ID. It also includes the costs associated with Welcome Week programs and transition programs held during the semester. All new students are charged the New Student Fee regardless of their level of participation in these programs. 

Orientation Dates

Each academic college has specific orientation dates for their majors. You will see only the dates for your academic college when you log into your admissions portal to register. If you are unable to make any of the dates for your academic college, please contact our office at (610) 436-3305 or orientation@wcupa.edu to discuss alternatives.

College of Arts & Humanities

  • Wednesday, June 22
  • Friday, July 1
  • Thursday, July 14

College of Business & Public Management

  • Thursday, June 23
  • Wednesday, June 29
  • Friday, July 15

College of Education & Social Work

  • Thursday, June 23
  • Wednesday, June 29
  • Friday, July 15

College of Health Sciences

  • Friday, June 24
  • Thursday, June 30*
  • Thursday, July 21**

*Sports Medicine majors should not register for this date at the request of their department

**Nursing majors should not register for this date at the request of their department

College of Sciences and Mathematics

  • Wednesday, June 22
  • Friday, July 1
  • Thursday, July 14

University College (Exploratory Studies/Liberal Studies)

  • Friday, June 24
  • Thursday, June 30
  • Thursday, July 21

Wells School of Music

  • Wednesday, June 22
  • Friday, July 1
  • Thursday, July 14

Academic Success Program*

  • Wednesday, June 22
  • Thursday, June 23
  • Friday, June 24
  • Wednesday, June 29
  • Thursday, June 30

*Students attending the summer Academic Success Program may register for any of the June dates regardless of their major

Parking

Orientation parking is located in the Sharpless Garage located directly across from the Business & Public Management Center. Parking in the garage will be free for the day.

PLEASE NOTE:  Faculty/Staff parking lots require a valid permit and are enforced 24/7 year round.  Street parking is controlled by the Borough of West Chester and is also strictly enforced. Please park only in the designated garage unless directed to an alternate parking location by the orientation staff upon arrival.

You can find the Sharpless Garage on our campus map.

Schedules

Orientation check-in begins at 8:00 AM. Orientation begins promptly at 8:45 AM and will conclude at approximately 4:00 PM. Please check back for the finalized schedule. It will be posted here soon. 

What to Expect

During orientation, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your orientation leaders and meet other new Rams, and you'll hear about the support services WCU offers to help all Golden Rams be successful. First-year students will also meet with an advisor from your academic department who will go over information about your schedule and program.* You’ll be touring campus too, so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather!

*Please print a copy of your class schedule and bring it with you to orientation. You can find your class schedule in myWCU.

 

 

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Helpful Links

Here are some links you may find helpful as you prepare for your first semester as a WCU Golden Ram.

Upload your Ram Card photo

Housing

parking

campus store

emergency text alert sign up

financial Aid

West Chester's First: resources for First-Generation College Students

 

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