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New Student Orientation

NSO thank you


Summer 2021 New Student Orientation Wrap Up

The office of New Student Orientation would like to thank all of our campus partners that helped facilitate a safe and wonderful Orientation 2021 season. This summer we were able to host both a virtual orientation platform while introducing a 1-Day program offered in August for those seeking an in-person experience. This hybrid module allowed us to safely introduce students to campus by completing a scavenger hunt and a “Walk my Schedule” session, all while meeting new incoming classmates. We want to wish all of our students a happy and healthy fall semester back to campus. A special welcome to all of our newest Catamounts, welcome to Catamount Country! Go Cats!!!

Spring 2022 New Student Orientation

Our office has started the planning process of our Orientation program for Spring 2022 admitted students. If you have been admitted for the Spring 2022 semester you will be contacted via email on when Pre-Registration and Orientation registration will open up. This usually occurs midway through the Fall semester. In the meantime, you may complete the checklist for ‘After I’ve been accepted’ to prepare for your Orientation. Orientation is a requirement for all new incoming undergraduate students both classified as a first year or transfer student. 

We're Hiring!

A group of students holding a welcome message for incoming students.


New Student Orientation will be opening applications for Orientation Counselors on October 11th, 2021 through JobCat. If you have lots of school spirit, a passion for WCU, and want to share your enthusiasm for the university with incoming students we invite you to apply! We will have a few information events in the Fall semester to advertise these positions, so make sure you stop by for some free swag and to chat with one of our Orientation Leaders.

Recruitment Events: 

Wednesday, September 29th 1:00pm – 2:30pm - Meet us at the Fountain!
Wednesday, October 6th 11:00am – 2:00pm - Career Fair at Ramsey Center

Prior to orientation each student must complete the following:


Submit NC required immunization records. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until all requirements are met.

  • Collect your immunization history
  • Determine your specific immunization requirements
  • Submit your immunizations through Health Services' online patient portal


Pay Deposits

Students will not be allowed to register for classes until your $150 tuition deposit has been received. For those planning to live on campus the $150 housing deposit must also be paid.
PAY Deposits

Student Health Insurance

Show proof of valid medical insurance coverage or enroll in the mandatory UNC System Health Plan.

Pay Orientation Fee

Students will not be allowed to access orientation until the $50 Online Orientation fee or $85 August Hybrid program fee has been received.
PAY Orientation fee

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