Summer Orientation

New Student Orientation
Last Updated: March 6, 2018

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 2018 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 Dates
Session I  June 18/19 (Mon/Tue)*
Session II  June 20/21 (Wed/Thu)**
Session III  June 26/27 (Tue/Wed)
Session IV  July  Date to be determined
Transfers  August 23, 2018 (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.

* All sessions are open to all students but VPA (Art, Music Theatre) students are strongly encouraged to attend Session I.

** All sessions are open to all students but Education and Nursing students are strongly encouraged to attend Session II.

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. The July date is still being determined.

Register Here     (Link will go live soon!)

Arrival Information (This is for last year’s orientation, this year TBD)
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 diazv@wcsu.edu 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.