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New Student Orientation

Summer 2021 New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is very excited to announce that incoming students will have an option to choose between two fantastic programs as they prepare to join WCU for the Fall 2021 semester.  The two programs that New Student Orientation will be offering our incoming students are an online-only program and an August Hybrid program.  Registration for both programs opens on Tuesday, March 16th.

  • Online-Only- Students who elect to complete the online-only program will take part in a digital orientation experience.  Students will gain access to this program via our online learning management system, CANVAS.  During the online course, students will learn about campus policies, rules and resources for success, and about our three-tiered Advising model.  This will allow students to view their schedule, learn about their departmental expectations for the Fall (if a major has been declared), and how to adjust that schedule as they learn to add and drop courses.  The online-only orientation option will open on May 31st and must be completed prior to July 2nd.  This program will not have any face-to-face requirements and will cost $50.
  • August Hybrid- Students who elect to complete the August-Hybrid program will be required to complete the online orientation just like those who have elected to participate in the online-only program; however, they will also select a date for an in-person orientation in August that will focus on enhancing that experience with programming designed to maximize social interaction and getting to know our campus and your fellow new students better.  This program will have a one-day in-person session that will run from 10am-2pm on select days in August.  As mentioned above, the online portion of the program will open on May 31st  and must be completed prior to July 2ndYou must select the date you would like to attend when completing your orientation registration.  The August Hybrid program will cost $85 which includes the online program and the in-person experience.


What does Pre-Registration and Orientation Registration look like?


Meet the Orientation Leaders

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


Summer 2021 New Student Orientation Live-Streams

We are excited to announce that our live-stream question and answer sessions are returning this summer!  Every Tuesday during the month of June from 6-7pm we will host a live-stream around an important topic for incoming students and their family members.  The current schedule for June includes...

Tuesday, June 1- "Ensuring Academic Success" featuring panelists from the Advising Center, Office of Accessibility Resources, the Math Tutoring Center, the Writing and Learning Commons, and Psychology Faculty member Windy Gordon.

Tuesday, June 8- "Living and Eating on Campus" featuring panelists from Residential Living and Catamount Dining.

Tuesday, June 15- "Wellness and Safety on Campus" featuring panelists from University Police, the Student Affairs Office, the Dean of Students Office, Health Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services.

Tuesday, June 22- "Understanding Campus Resources" featuring panelists from Information Technology, Hunter Library, the Center for Career and Professional Development, and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.

Tuesday, June 29- "Getting Involved on Campus" featuring panelists from Catamount Athletics, Campus Activities, Campus Recreation and Wellness, and Greek Student Engagement and Development.

Want to get a head start prior to our live-stream kickoff this June?  Check out these live-streams that were recorded for our Summer 2020 online orientation sessions.  Topics include Dining, Residential Living, Student Employment, Health and Wellness, Intercultural Affairs, and more!

Summer 2021 Online Orientation Zoom Office Hours

Do you have a question about the online orientation course, modules, or in-person sessions taking place in August?  Our orientation team is here to help!  We will have student and professional staff available during each of the following times beginning May 24th and ending July 2nd.  The Zoom link and passcode for the office hours are located in the Discussion Board of the online orientation course on Canvas.

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*For Week 1 (May 24 -May 28) only, the scheduled 5-6pm office hour on Thursday will take place on Wednesday instead.

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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