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Summer Orientation

New Student Orientation
Last Updated: July 6, 2020

Orientation for First-Year Students

Please read all the way to the bottom of this page and check out the informative links on the right-hand side. 

Meet your 2020 Orientation Leaders here

Virtual Summer Orientation Sessions

This year we are happy to provide an engaging and informative Virtual Summer Orientation experience. By now you should have received a welcome email from Dr. Betts, Vice President of Student Affairs, inviting you to your Virtual Summer Orientation session. Several information sessions will connect you with WCSU Administrators, fellow new students and Orientation Leaders that will help you in easing your transition to college life. Orientation for First-Year Students (Freshmen) is designed to assist incoming students as they acclimate to college life at WCSU, learn about the number of resources that support student success, receive class schedule and academic advisement information and how to get involved on campus. Each fun-filled session is informative, helpful and full of WCSU spirit!

Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Orientation

Which session should I attend?
You are encouraged to attend the date designated for you major; you will receive an email Save the Date invitation from Platform Q 48 hours prior to your day and a link to join just before your start time of 2 p.m. If you are unable to attend, the sessions will be recorded and you will be able to watch it at a later date.

Session 2020 Dates
Session I  June 18, School of Visual & Performing Arts, 2 – 4 p.m.
Session II  June 22, Ancell School of Business, 2 – 4 p.m.
Session III  June 26, Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences, 2 – 4 p.m.
Session IV  July 9, School of Professional Studies, 2 – 4 p.m.
Transfers  August 23 (This is on campus in the Student Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

It is not necessary to register for the 2020 Virtual Orientation session. You will receive a Save the Date email invitation approximately 48 hours before your Orientation session from Platform Q. On the scheduled day of your Orientation event, you will receive an email with a link to join your session just before the start time of the program at 2 p.m. 

Below please see a breakdown of majors by school.

School of Visual and Performing Arts Day

Majors include: Art, All Music programs: Performance,  Jazz Studies,  Audio & Music Production, Music Education, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Arts.

Ancell School of Business Day

Majors include: Accounting, Cybersecurity, Finance, Justice and Law Administration, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.

Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences Day

Majors include: Anthropology/Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Digital & Interactive Media Arts, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Economics, English, Exploratory Studies, History, Mathematics, Media Arts, Meteorology, Political Science, Professional Writing, Psychology, and Spanish.

School of Professional Studies Day 

Majors include: Elementary Education, Health Education, Health Promotion Studies, Nursing, Secondary Education, and Social Work.

Don’t miss the last Virtual Orientation Session on July 9th at 2pm

Students who have joined us have had a great experience! Here’s what they have been saying!!

“Thought it was very good and helps with what to expect when first there, especially with dorming and where everything is.”

“It was good I liked how we could ask questions”

“I enjoyed meeting everyone and found all the information very useful.”


Specialized Orientation Sessions

Education & Educational Psychology Department

The Education & Educational Psychology Department will host a Freshmen/Transfer virtual orientation on July 14 at 2 p.m. for all incoming Elementary Education and Secondary Education students. The session will be to review program coursework and requirements. You will be receiving a zoom link to join the session. Please contact Dr. Catherine O’Callaghan, E& EPY Chair, at ocallaghanc@wcsu.edu for further information.

Parents of WCSU Student Athletes
Get the Scoop on Athletics July 6 or July 13 at 10 a.m.

WestConn’s Athletic Director, Ms. Lori Mazza accompanied by other athletic department representatives will meet virtually with parents who have students participating in intercollegiate sports.  The goal of this program is to discuss the expectations of all student athletes.  The topics will range from requirements to play intercollegiate athletics, academic support and athletic training requirements PRIOR to arriving on campus, which includes “Sportsware”. Parents of recruited athletes please contact the coach for the link to join session. Parents of walk-on athletes please contact the Athletic Director at mazzal@wcsu.edu to be added to Webex session




Gab & GROW: New to campus? Hear from several of our own student leaders as they talk about what you can do to make your experience great from the very start to the very end! Gab & GROW is a series of podcasts led by Maribeth Griffin of Housing & Residence Life. Listen to the Advice for New Students and check out the rest of the WCSU podcasts from last year as well.


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 WCSU, 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.