Last updated: December 16, 2015
- When and where is January Orientation?
- Are my parents allowed to come to January Orientation?
- What requirements are there before I am allowed to register for classes?
- What do I need to bring for January Orientation?
- Where can my parents and I stay if we are coming in from far away?
- When do January classes begin?
- How do I get to WCSU?
- When will I get information about January Orientation?
- I am a transfer student. Do I really need to attend January Orientation?
- How do I register for January Orientation?
- What do I do if I need accommodations for my disability?
- What if I am a part-time student?
- What if I am an adult or non-traditional student? Should I still attend January Orientation?
- How do I find out about how to get involved on campus?
- How do I get a parking decal/ID Card?
- Where do I go to pay my bill or find out about Financial Aid?
- When can new students move into the residence halls?
- What immunizations must I provide in order to register for classes?
- Do I need to show any other immunization if I will be residing on campus?
- How do I make changes to my class schedule?
Technology Frequently Asked Questions
- What computer facilities are available at Western?
- How do I get a Western Windows account?
- Should I get a University email account?
- What is a WestConnduit account, and where can I get one?
- Should I bring my own computer?
- I want to purchase a computer to bring to Western. What should I buy?
- Is Western Wireless?
- How can I use my computer in the Residence Hall (ResNet)?
- I am not very computer savvy. Where can I get help?
When and where is January Orientation?
January Orientation is scheduled for Monday, January 18, 2016 at 6:30pm (snow date is Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 6pm in the Student Center on the Midtown Campus). All new students (including commuters, transfers, international students, and adult learners) are invited.
- make your $200.00 non-refundable deposit
- send a copy of your childhood vaccinations, specifically the MMRs, to the Health Service Office (fax to 203-837-8583) – include your WCSU ID number on the fax
- you will need to have taken any applicable placement test as noted in your admissions packet (Math, English, Chemistry)
Where can my parents stay if we are coming in from far away?
There are many hotels near the Westside or Midtown campus and some of them offer discounts if you mention you are staying for an event at WCSU. Please check out our travel webpage for details.
How do I get to WCSU?
Directions and a map can be found here: www.wcsu.edu/campustour/westside
When will I get information about January Orientation?
If you have not yet received a letter, you should be getting one shortly. Please call the Admissions Office at 203-837-9000 if you want to check if all of your paperwork has been received.
I am a transfer student. Do I really need to attend January Orientation?
We encourage all students to attend in order to familiarize themselves with resources and services available at WCSU. Also, you may think you know how certain processes work from your prior college experience but you may find that Western is quite different. Don't forego this opportunity to familiarize yourself with how things work at Western.
What do I do if I need accommodations for my disability?
If you have a disability and require special accommodations for your classes contact WCSU’s AccessAbility Services office at (203) 837-8225. To find out more information you can go to their website: www.wcsu.edu/accessability/
How do I find out about how to get involved on campus?
You can visit our website, www.wcsu.edu/studentcenter/studentorg/, and see what clubs and organizations are already on campus or how to form your own club. You can meet many of the clubs during Club’s Carnival.
How do I get a parking decal/ID Card?
All residential and commuter students will need a Parking permit. To obtain your permit, you will need a scanned copy or pdf file of your current state motor vehicle registration card and your WCSU ID number. You can register online at www.wcsu.edu/parking. For the ID card you will need to bring a valid form of photo identification (driver's license, state identification card, passport) and your course schedule verifying registration for the current semester to the WestConnect office.
Where do I go to pay my bill or find out about Financial Aid?
The Cashier’s Office is located in the Old Main Administration Building where you will be able to handle all billing inquiries or you may visit their web site at www.wcsu.edu/cashiers.
The Financial Aid and Student Employment Office is also located in the Old Main Administration Building. This is where you can find answers to any of your financial aid concerns, or go to www.wcsu.edu/finaid.
When can new students move into the residence halls?
Students who are registered as full-time (12 credits or more) will be eligible to move into their residence hall for Spring 2016 on Monday, January 18th, provided they have also sent in their proof of immunization. Students who are not registered for 12 or more credits will need to see the Registrar prior to the move in date.
What immunizations must I provide in order to register for classes?
Connecticut State law requires students to present immunization in order to register for courses. Please go to www.wcsu.edu/healthservices and click on immunization requirements for details.
Do I need to show any other immunization if I will be residing on campus?
All residence hall students are required by Connecticut State Law, Public Act 01-93, to have documented proof of immunization with meningococcal vaccine (menactra or menomune) before arriving on campus. Please submit your proof to the Health Services office located in front of Litchfield Hall, Midtown campus. Also, you may fax your information to (203)837-8583.
How do I make changes to my class schedule?
Students can make changes to their schedule in person at the Office of the Registrar in the Old Main Administrative Building, 1st floor or in the Academic Advisement Center in Higgins Hall 215. Any questions can be directed to (203)837-9206 or (203)837-8397.
What computer facilities are available at Western?
Western offers a number of staffed facilities where you can receive assistance from our friendly student staff. We also have 24 hours computer labs available for student use. For a complete list of facilities and hours, please visit: www.wcsu.edu/technology/students/pubfac.asp
How do I get a Western Windows account?
A Western Windows account is necessary for students to access the University’s network from the computer centers, classrooms, labs, residence halls, and wireless network. You will be able to get your account information during June orientation, Welcome Week, and any other time during the semester from the following staffed computer centers on campus: Midtown Computer Center (Haas Library), Westside Computer Center (WS 117), and the Student Technology Training Center (SC 225). http://www.wcsu.edu/technology/students/pubfac.asp
Should I get a Western email account?
Yes, all students are required to get a Western email account for official Western business. Once your account has been created, you will have access to your email from any computer on or off-campus that has access to the Internet by visiting https://student.wcsu.edu/login, or by logging into Western and clicking on the email link. You can obtain your Western email account credentials at any of our staffed computer centers on campus. http://www.wcsu.edu/technology/students/email.asp
What is a Western account, and where can I get one?
Western is Western's campus portal. Western allows you to see your grades, course schedules, academic history and financial aid information, and allows you to register for classes and make payments to the university. It also provides access to Blackboard Vista, Western's online course management system, campus and personal announcements, the campus events calendar, and convenient links to other university resources.
You can obtain your Western credentials at any of the staffed computer centers on campus, or you can reset your password online at: https://webapp.wcsu.edu/winpwd/.
Western can be accessed by visiting www.wcsu.edu and clicking on the Western link.
Should I bring my own computer?
You do not need to bring your own computer. However, a laptop with wireless capability can be useful. In case you do not own a computer, Western has a number of computer facilities available for student use. Some are open as early as 8am, and close as late as 11pm. Some are open around the clock.
I want to purchase a computer to bring to Western. What should I buy?
Almost any new desktop or laptop computer purchased today from one of the leading computer manufacturers (IBM, Apple, Dell, Compaq, Gateway, etc.) should be more than adequate for basic student use on campus. If your specific needs are more demanding (for example, if you use computer graphics development software, video capture, etc.), or for more information, please visit our computer recommendations page at: http://www.wcsu.edu/technology/recommended.asp
Is Western Wireless?
Western offers fast and reliable wireless network access to students, faculty, and staff with data connection speeds of up to 54Mbps in selected locations on the Westside and Midtown campuses. For locations and more information, visit http://www.wcsu.edu/technology/wireless. To use the wireless network, your laptop (or PDA, Pocket PC, tablet, etc.) must be equipped with a wireless network adapter. Western wireless network supports both 802.11b and 802.11g wireless standards and uses an SSID of “Western” for easy connection. You will be prompted to log in using your Windows account credentials.
How can I use my computer in the Residence Hall (ResNet)?
Any student who owns an Ethernet-ready computer can connect to our residence hall network using an Ethernet cable. Splitters and cables can be obtained at any of our staffed computer centers. Once connected, you will be required to log in using your Windows account credentials, install Clean Access, install a supported anti-virus program, and install critical Windows updates. For more information, please visit http://www.wcsu.edu/resnet.
I am not very computer savvy. Where can I get help?
The general computer centers, located in room 117 of the Westside Classroom Building, the third floor of the Campus Center, and at Midtown on the first floor of the Haas Library, employ student lab assistants who can provide assistance based on their individual knowledge. However, students needing extensive help should visit the Student Technology Training Center (STTC) in room 225 of the Student Center on the Midtown campus. More information about the STTC can be found at: http://www.wcsu.edu/sttc.