Welcome Week 2014

Last Updated: August 25, 2014

 Welcome Week begins Monday, August 25th!

Welcome to Western Connecticut State University's Welcome Week website.  For new students beginning school in the Fall of 2014, we're planning a very exciting fall orientation program.


2014 June Orientation - Update

If you missed June Orientation and still need your schedule,
here is what you should do:

Come to campus any Monday - Friday to pick up your schedule at the Registrar's Office.  If you need advisement, you could call the Academic Advisement Center and make an appointment to get your schedule and advice there.  Once you have your schedule, you can get your ID at the WestConnect Office, go to one of the computer centers to get your email and WestConnduit username and password, and then head over to the Parking Office on the Westside campus to get your parking decal (if you need one).  It is recommended that you check office hours for each office before you come in and to call the parking office to make sure someone is there since it is a one person office.  

Then keep checking back here for detailed information regarding all planned activities for Welcome Week.  Whether you live on campus or are a commuter, you should schedule Monday, August 25 - Wednesday, August 27 all day for Orientation activities.  Especially if you missed Orientation, you should plan to attend as many of the events and activities as you can to get you a involved and engaged and ready for the semester.  It should be fun! 

Thank you to those who attended our June Orientation for new students June 22-26, 2014.  We hope you had fun.  Please provide us with feedback about your orientation experience so we know what we did well and also where we need to consider improvements for next year. 

Student Evaluation              Parent Evaluation


When is Welcome Week?

The official first day of Welcome Week is Monday, August 25, 2014, but a few activities are planned for the week before (Adult Learners and students interested in our AccessAbility Services orientation, please see below). 

For now mark your calendars for ...

Monday, Aug. 25 Move-in day - Residence Halls and Orientation
First year and transfer students MOVE-IN only
Tuesday, Aug. 26       Orientation for all NEW students continues
Wednesday, Aug. 27    Orientation for all NEW students continues
Thursday, Aug. 28 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
Friday, Aug. 29
    through Monday, Sept. 1
Orientation events continue

Welcome Week activities will be held on the Midtown campus. Please visit our directions page, and our campus tour for more information.

Meet your Orientation Leaders      

What other orientation sessions are being held?

There are a few early orientation sessions scheduled prior to Welcome Week.  They are:

Adult Learner Orientation
    Wednesday, August 20, 2014
     5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
     Irfan Kathwari Honors House
     RSVP requested by August 6
     Contact: Lisa Peck, 203-837-8564, peckl@wcsu.edu

AccessAbility Services Orientation
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
     9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
     Warner Hall, 101 & 102
     RSVP requested by August 6
     Contact: Ellen Ober, 203-837-8225, obere@wcsu.edu

What do I do if I missed June Orientation and need to 
 register for classes?

If you missed June Orientation but were already accepted by the university, your information packet and class schedule will be sent to you in the mail.  If you are just now being accepted by the university, please make an appointment with the Advisement Center at (203) 837-8397 to register, and then get your ID, parking decal, and computer accounts on your own schedule.  Our offices are open Monday through Friday all summer long.  The computer centers are even open on the weekends and some evenings.  Check the individual webpages for office hours or contact the Admissions Office at 203-837-9000 with questions regarding your status.

What about my parents?

Welcome Week is geared mostly towards students to make them feel welcome and comfortable with their new surroundings. However, there will be activities for parents on Monday, August 25th, such as the Alumni Legacy Photo (if one or both parents are alumni), the Entering the Gates ceremony, the Opening Ceremony,  and an afternoon parent workshop.  There is also a dinner for students and families that afternoon.  New students will eat for free, parents will be asked to pay $10; siblings 12 and under pay $6.

Whether you have or haven't attended the June Orientation workshops, you may find the following information helpful: June Orientation Workshop Handouts

Parents who want to find out how to avoid becoming a "Helicopter Parent" and find some other useful information for parents, should go to http://www.ecampustours.com/forparents/campuslife/helicopterparents.htm.

For more information, please go to our Western Parents Club webpage.


For the June 2013 Orientation Photo Gallery, click on the photo below.


For the June and Welcome Week 2012 Photo Gallery, click on the photo below.


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.


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