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New Student Orientation

The 2023 Orientation Staff


2024 Spring Orientation Announcements

Registration for all incoming deposited students starting in January 2024 is open and available for registration.  Deposited students can complete Pre-Registration and register for an Orientation session via the MyWCU portal.  Spring Orientation will take place on January 11th (First-Year Students) and January 12th (Transfer Students)

All incoming undergraduate students are required to complete New Student Orientation prior to beginning coursework at Western Carolina University.  New Student Orientation consists of a Pre-Orientation course on WCU's Learning Managment System (Canvas) that is strongly encouraged and a mandatory in-person session prior to the term of enrollment for incoming students.

The Pre-Orientation course is available now for students who have registered for a January session.  Students will be added on a regular basis after that date based on completing their registration.

For frequently asked questions please visit New Student Orientation FAQ.

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 Deposit

Students will not be allowed to register for classes until your $300 deposit has been received.

Pay Orientation Charge

The 1-Day Orientation charge for students is $70, while each guest costs $55.  The 2-Day Orientation charge for students is $150, while each guest costs $85 (for guests staying off-campus) or $115 (for guests staying on-campus). All orientation charges must be paid prior to attending the in-person session.
PAY Orientation fee

Complete Pre-Orientation Online

Please check your Catamount email for your invitation to join the course in Canvas once you have signed up for your in-person sessions.  Pre-Orientation is a stongly encouraged part of the Orientation process.  


*Last Updated: 12/1/23

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