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Virtual Orientation FAQ

Western Carolina University is suspending January face-to-face orientation sessions. New Student Orientation will take place digitally this winter.

Explore our frequently asked questions below. Feel free to contact us at orientation@wcu.edu

You can register for online orientation starting Monday, November 30th through your MyWCU account by completing Pre-Registration.

At the end of your Pre-Registration survey, you will be given only one option to register for orientation: a session on Monday, January 11th.  Please note, online orientation does not have to be completed on this date.

The January 11th session date is the opening date for the online modules.  Once you have paid deposits, completed Pre-Registration, registered for Orientation, and paid the $45 orientation fee you will be emailed access to the course.  Please complete the course within 2-3 days of your receiving access to the course.  The final deadline to complete online orientation is Friday, January 22nd.

A $45 payment will need to be made via your myWCU account or the Banner Special Payment Portal.

Online orientation will cost $45 per student. This price was determined based on costs associated with student-staffing, office overhead, and miscellaneous expenses associated with moving our program online.

If you have already paid for an in-person orientation session, any submitted payment above the charge of the new online process will be refunded

Online orientation access will be granted starting Monday, January 11th once you have paid deposits, completed Pre-Registration, registered for Orientation, and paid the $45 orientation fee.  Please complete the course within 2-3 days of your receiving access to the course. 

Please complete the course within 2-3 days of your receiving access to the course, the absolute last deadline for all students to complete the program is Friday, January 22nd.

Yes, all incoming first-year and transfer undergraduate students are required to complete online orientation before enrolling at WCU.

While orientation is required for incoming students, sessions have always been optional for family members and guests.

With this in mind, the New Student Orientation office is creating the online orientation session for students only. 

You will still get your schedule during your online orientation just like you would during an in-person orientation session. Your Academic Advisor will build your preliminary schedule using answers from your Pre-Registration survey.

The mandatory portions of online orientation will take place in Blackboard, our campus learning management software. The course will appear on the student’s Blackboard account once online orientation opens and the registration fee has been paid.

At this time WCU and New Student Orientation are still finalizing plans for Summer 2021.

We are working with WCU's IT department to provide all services and information that a student would receive during an in-person orientation in an online setting, including getting laptops configured for WCU.

More information on WCU computer specifications

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