Summer 2017

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.

Midtown campus:

Westside campus:

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.


New Student Orientation

Last updated: June 26, 2017


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. 

Meet your 2017 Orientation Leaders here

What can you expect from the overnight experience?

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

What to bring for the overnight stay?
Click here for more information.

Session I    June 19/20 (Mon/Tue)*
Session II     June 21/22 (Wed/Thu)**
Session III June 23/24 (Fri/Sat)
Session IV July 27/28 (Thu/Fri)
Transfers August 24, 2017 (Thu)

All programs, 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.  

Register Here

Arrival Information:

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

Rescheduling Policy
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 email and we will do our best to accommodate your request.  The overnight orientation fee is $50.00 and is non-refundable.

Parent Orientation and Resources for Parents
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. Click here for more information.

Parent Services
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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