June 2014 New Student Orientation




Last updated:  July 15, 2014


June Orientation - Update

If you missed June Orientation and still need your schedule,
here is what you should do:

Come to campus any Monday – Friday to pick up your schedule at the Registrar’s Office.  If you need advisement, you could call the Academic Advisement Center and make an appointment to get your schedule and advice there.  Once you have your schedule, you can get your ID at the WestConnect Office, go to one of the computer centers to get your email and WestConnduit username and password, and then head over to the Parking Office on the Westside campus to get your parking decal (if you need one).  It is recommended that you check office hours for each office before you come in and to call the parking office to make sure someone is there since it is a one person office.  

Then keep checking the Welcome Week page for detailed information regarding all planned activities for Welcome Week.  Whether you live on campus or are a commuter, you should schedule Monday, August 25 – Wednesday, August 27 all day for Orientation activities.  Especially if you missed Orientation, you should plan to attend as many of the events and activities as you can to get you a involved and engaged and ready for the semester.  It should be fun! 

Thank you to those who attended our June Orientation for new students June 22-26. 
We hope you had fun. 
Please provide us with feedback about your orientation experience so we know what we did well and also where we need to consider improvements for next year. 

Student Evaluation              Parent Evaluation


Information regarding Orientation for Summer 2015 will be added as it becomes available.  Below is the information from 2014.

Orientation for Fall 2014 for all new and transfer students has been scheduled for June 22 - June 26, 2014.

Students should plan to arrive on campus at 6 p.m. for their overnight session.  Cost to stay on campus is $35. 
Second-day check-in for parents begins at 8 a.m. with programs running from 9 a.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m.  Offices will remain open until 4 p.m.
Please let us know on which session you are planning to attend
by clicking the button below.

Register here for June 2014

Overnight Orientation for all students
For more information, please
click here.

Overnight Orientation

Meet your Orientation Leaders

These are the current WCSU students who will be helping you with everything from checking in, to finding the right location for your next program, to running some of the programs themselves.  Feel free to ask them anything about Western, and they will be happy to help you!

Placement Testing:
Students who still need to take the Math, Writing, or Foreign Language placement test can do so at Orientation.  Tests will be offered June 23 - 26 at 8 a.m. in Higgins Hall 202 and 210. 

For additional information on placement testing click here.

When and Where is June Orientation?

Orientation will be held on the Midtown campus

Students attend on the day designated for their academic school

Sun/Mon, June 22-23, 2014 = Ancell School of Business (ACC, FIN, JLA, MKT, MIS, MGT)
Mon/Tue, June 23-24, 2014 = School of Professional Studies (EDU, HPX, NUR, SW)
= School of Visual & Performing Arts (ART, MUS, THR)
Tue/Wed, June 24-25, 2014 = Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences - Majors (BIO, CHE, COM, CS,    
Wed/Thu, June 25-26, 2014 = Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences - Undeclared/Exploratory Studies
= Alternate Day for those who cannot attend on their designated

If you are not sure which academic school you belong to,
please see our list of majors.

Students check in at 6 p.m. at Newbury Hall
Parents check in the following morning on the Quad 
Midtown campus

Midtown campus:

5th Avenue Commuter Parking Garage    
     (Parking is also available in the White Street Parking Garage but we recommend that you park in the 5th Avenue garage).

View full schedule

What is required prior to attending orientation?

Prior to attending orientation, you must do the following:

  1. Pay your $200.00 admission deposit (This is the most important step to receive your pre-orientation information)
  2. Take all your required placement exams (placement exam schedule)
  3. Submit your immunization records
  4. RSVP online or over the phone (203-837-9700)

What can I expect to do during orientation?

  1. To meet fellow freshmen and upper classmen as well as faculty and staff and be introduced to Western
  2. To be welcomed to Western by the President, Academic Dean, Faculty, and Staff
  3. To complete most of the processes needed to get you ready for the start of the semester (i.e., parking decal, ID card, computer passwords, etc.)
  4. Receive your class schedule and have an opportunity
    to make changes, if needed
  5. Learn about things to do on campus, such as joining clubs and organizations, programs run by housing, international travel opportunities, etc.
  6. As a parent, to learn about how you can help your son or daughter be successful at Western

What about my parents?

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend Orientation on the second day with their son/daughter.

Lunch with the dean and faculty is free for all incoming Western students as well as two guests (parents, guardians, spouses, etc.)  Each additional guest will be asked to contribute $10. 
Lunch tickets for additional guests should be purchased at the Student Center Information Desk.

At June Orientation Western offers a number of programs specifically designed for students only, and parents only, while others are designed to be attended together. 

Welcome Week in August is geared mostly towards students to make them feel welcome and comfortable with their new surroundings.  However, parents are welcome to attend the "Entering of the Gates" ceremony as well as the Opening ceremony on Monday, August 25, 2014 and may attend the dinner that evening (there will be a cost for family members).  Please check the Welcome Week schedule for more information.

If you want to find out how to avoid becoming a "Helicopter Parent" and find some other useful information for parents, please go to http://www.ecampustours.com/forparents/campuslife/helicopterparents.htm.

For more information please go to our Western Parents Club webpage.

When will I find out more about Welcome Week?

We keep our orientation web pages up year round so depending on the time you visit the Welcome Week web page you'll see either last year's information or this year's information.  As we transition from June orientation to Welcome Week, the information will be updated.  You should also check your email regularly and look for information.

June 2013 Orientation Photos


New Student Orientation FAQ

Many students have questions regarding orientation and how to prepare for their first week at Western. Please select an appropriate FAQ below to find out more.

There are many services available at Western that help you be the best student and best person you can be. Check out the links below for more information.

Parents have sometimes just as many questions as their students. Please click on the links below for more information.

What is there to do?

Western is located in Danbury, CT, a vibrant and culturally diverse city in south western Connecticut. Danbury offers a wide variety of cuisine, entertainment and business offerings. For more information on what there is to do in Danbury, please visit the following websites:

Where is there to stay?

There are a number of hotels that are only about 10-15 minutes away from our Midtown and Westside campuses.

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How do I get to Western from local airports?

Click here for more information on how to get to Western from New York City, Bradley International Airport, or Logan Airport in Boston.



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