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What is there to do?
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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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Last updated: June
Orientation for First-Year Students
Please read all the way to the bottom of this page (new
information about check-in was added) and check out the
informative links on the right-hand side. Additional information for
parents has been added below.
your 2017 Orientation Leaders here
Resident and non-resident students
alike will gather to meet and get prepared for the coming year.
Orientation for First-Year Students (Freshmen) is designed to assist
incoming students as they acclimate to college life at Western, learn
about the number of resources that support student success and receive
academic advisement and register for their courses. Students and family
members will have an opportunity to meet and interact with faculty,
staff and most importantly, current Western students, as well as other
new students and parents. Each fun-filled session is informative,
helpful and full of Western spirit!
Frequently Asked Questions
about Summer Orientation
activities, and educational workshops are mandatory for first-year
students. Students should plan to attend an orientation session that
does not conflict with high school final exams, athletic competitions,
proms, work schedules, banquets or graduation.
Please note: we can't avoid conflicts with all
graduations. If you have a conflict, we recommend you speak with
your principal to see if you can make arrangements. If not, please
call us at 203-837-9700.
A special July session has been added for those students who could make it
to any of the June dates. The program in July will be exactly the same as in June.
Students check in at Newbury Hall (Midtown campus)
between 12:15 and 1 p.m.
Parents check in at the Student Center (Midtown campus)
between 12:15 and 1 p.m.
Western Welcome begins at 1:15 p.m.
Recommended parking is in the White Street Parking Garage
Students and parents will be given a schedule for the day at check-in
Space in each session is limited and is available on a first-come,
first-serve basis. Once a session has reached capacity, you will be
directed to the next available session with space remaining. Should
you need to reschedule your session because of extenuating
circumstances or emergencies after the rescheduling period, please
and we will do our best to accommodate your request. The
overnight orientation fee is $50.00 and is non-refundable.
In conjunction with new
Student Orientation, there will be a parent program that will run on
Day 1 of each session. This parent program is designed to provide
parents with important information about Western, its academic programs,
student supportive services, financial aid and payment policies, unique
challenges for new students, and many other topics.
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Welcome to the Western Connecticut State University family! The Office
of Parent Services is happy to welcome you to our parent community. At
Western, we take pride in a campus that supports students and fosters
their growth as they develop academically, professionally and socially.
We invite you to be part of university life here, too. And now, as a
parent of a WCSU student, you will have the opportunity to do just that.
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