Western Carolina University is suspending May and June face-to-face orientation sessions. New Student Orientation will take place digitally this summer.
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You can register for online orientation immediately 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 June 1st.
The registration system requires a date for it to function; however, August 1st is just a placeholder date; this approach is the only way to register for online orientation. Online orientation for incoming summer students opens on Monday, May 25th and will open on Monday, June 1st for incoming fall students. All students must complete the modules prior to Thursday, July 2nd.
No, you do not need to do anything if you have already registered. We will manually assign those that went ahead and registered to the new online session.
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 for incoming summer students opens on Monday, May 25th. Online orientation for incoming fall students will open on Monday, June 1st.
All students must complete the Blackboard modules by Thursday, July 2nd, to ensure that University processes such as room assignments and billing occur as regularly scheduled.
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. We will supplement this required process for students with livestream sessions and materials that will be made available to all students and their guests who would have had the option to attend orientation in-person. All parents and guests who paid to attend in-person orientation will have their full parent/guest payment for the amount refunded.
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.
No, at this time WCU and New Student Orientation have suspended all in-person sessions for Summer 2020.
The deposit deadline of May 1st (for first-year students) and the orientation payment deadline of May 31st remain in effect. Exceptions to deadlines will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending upon space availability.
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.