Orientation : New Student Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions about New Student Orientation

Last updated:  June 23, 2022

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Who should attend the New Student Orientation program?

All new students and their parents are welcome to attend the New Student Orientation session. The orientation sessions are geared towards students and there will also be planned activities for parents. Transfer students may choose to attend our transfer orientation. 


Siblings are welcome to attend the New Student Orientation session with you however, there are no planned activities for siblings.

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Is New Student Orientation mandatory?

It is highly recommended!  Orientation is the time when you get ready for life at WCSU. You will meet some faculty, fellow students, and obtain invaluable information that will help make your experience at WCSU successful and rewarding.

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When and Where is  Orientation?

There are four New Student Orientation sessions scheduled in June and we highly recommend you attend the session for your major:

Session 1:  June 21 (Tuesday), School of Professional Studies

Session 2:  June 23 (Thursday), Ancell School of Business

Session 3:  June 27 (Monday), School of Visual & Performing Arts

Session 4: June 29 (Wednesday), Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

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How do I register for New Student Orientation?

Please follow this link to register for one of our in-person orientation sessions


How do I know which session to attend?

The New Student Orientation sessions are divided according to your major and we ask that you attend on the day for you major.

New Student Orientation, School of Professional Studies,  Tuesday, June 21
New Student Orientation, Ancell School of Business, Thursday, June 23
New Student Orientation, School of Visual & Performing Arts, Monday, June 27
New Student Orientation, Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences,  Wednesday, June 29

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What time does New Student Orientation start?

New Student Orientation starts with check-in between 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and will run until 6:15 p.m.

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What if I am on vacation during New Student Orientation and can’t attend?

Select a different date to attend, if you can.

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Do I have to take my placement tests before orientation?

Students will receive information via email if they are required to take a placement exam. For more details and to sign up please visit https://www.wcsu.edu/admissions/placement/

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What requirements are there before I am allowed to register?

The following information must be in place before you can register for classes:

You need to have made your $200.00 non-refundable Admissions deposit

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When do I receive my class schedule?

The Registrar’s Office builds schedules for first-time freshman students. You will be shown how to access your schedule online during orientation and a final schedule will be mailed to you through USPS in mid-August.

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How do I make changes to my class schedule after Orientation?

Students can make changes to their schedule, after orientation, in person at the Office of the Registrar in the Old Main Administrative Building, 1st floor or in the Academic Advisement Center, Old Main 202.  Any questions can be directed to (203) 837-9206 or (203) 837-8397.

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What is the cost of the Orientation?

The cost for New Student Orientation is $25.00.

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When does Welcome Week begin?

Welcome Week begins with the Move-in Day and the Entering the Gates ceremony on Friday, August 26.

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When do Fall classes begin?

In 2022, classes begin on Monday, August 29

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When will I get information about New Student Orientation?

After you have paid your $200.00 non-refundable deposit we will send you an invitation email regarding New Student Orientation.

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Is there a separate Summer Orientation for students with disabilities?

Please contact the office directly by calling 203-837-8225 or emailing obere@wcsu.educreate new email if you have any questions.

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What if I am a part-time student?

Part-time, matriculated students are invited and encouraged to attend all of our New Student Orientation programs – both New Student Orientation and Welcome Week at the beginning of the fall semester.  Just like our full-time students you can learn a lot about WCSU to enhance your college experience.

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What if I am an adult or non-traditional student?  Do I still need to attend New Student Orientation?

You are welcome to attend! We understand non-traditional students may have family or work obligations and find it difficult to attend.

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How do I find out about how to get involved on campus?

Orientation Leaders will be able to answer this question during your New Student Orientation session.  You can also visit the Center for Student Involvement/Student Activities website and see what clubs and organizations are already on campus or how to form your own club.  During Welcome Week in August you can meet many of the clubs during Club’s Carnival.

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How do I get my school photo ID?

You can obtain your university WESTCONNect Photo ID Card by going to the WESTCONNect main website and follow the directions.

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Where do I go to pay my bill or find out about Financial Aid?

Please visit the Cashier’s Office website for all your billing inquiries.

Please visit The Office of Student Financial Services website for all of your financial aid questions.

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When can new students move into the residence halls?

The Housing and Residence Life department has announced Friday, August 26 as move-in day.  Students will be assigned a time slot for move-in. 

Please continue to check your WCSU email account for your time slot and more details.

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What immunizations must I provide in order to register for classes?

Connecticut State University Immunization Requirements

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Do I need to show any other immunization if I will be residing on campus?

Students living on campus must also provide proof of having received a Meningococcal vaccine (must include group A, C, Y&W-135 or Menactra) within 5 years of moving into the residence hall. The HRL Department highly encourages all residents get vaccinated before fall move in. Please mail or fax (203-837-8583) form to Health Services before the start of the semester.

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How do I get a WCSU User account?

WCSU User Accounts are automatically created for accepted students. An informational message containing instructions for setting up a password is sent to your personal email address given when applying through Admissions. If you are unsure what your account information is please contact the IT&I Service Desk at 203-837-8467 or at requestIT@wcsu.educreate new email.

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What is the myWCSU app?

WCSU has a mobile app for quick, on-the-go access to important information and services including campus news, events, email, course registrations, grades, important phone numbers and more. Download it today from the opens in a new windowApp Store or opens in a new windowGoogle Play

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What is a WestConnduit?

WestConnduit is WCSU’s campus portal.  It brings together campus announcements, upcoming events, social media and access to essential resources.

WestConnduit can be accessed by visiting www.wcsu.edu and clicking on the WestConnduit link.

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Is WCSU Wireless?

Western Connecticut State University is 100% wireless, including residence halls and wireless printing. To use the wireless network, your laptop or other mobile device must be equipped with a wireless network adapter. To use the WCSU wireless network and wireless printing, you must have a WCSU User Account To learn more about the wireless network and wireless printing, please visit https://support.wcsu.edu and select “internet and WiFI”.

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