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First Year Experience

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As you transition to college life, take advantage of the guidance and support specifically available to new students as you learn to navigate the wealth of resources and opportunities WCU has to offer. 

  • We encourage new students to have pride of place, embrace civic responsibility and develop a sense of connectivity with each other and with WCU.
  • We recognize that your academic success is entwined with co-curricular, social, and life events. 
  • Your first year is when you will begin to clarify your values as you make meaning of new understandings. 
  • Chart an academic pathway that will help to determine your success in college and for your future.

Whee are Checking in on YOU!

An outreach campaign for new students to make sure you are getting settled in OK.

  • How are you doing so far this semester?
  • Are you finding answers to your questions?

WCU has tons of resources to support your success. Check out this summary resource guide for a quick list.

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New Student Convocation

New Student Convocation is an important event that marks the official welcome to the university.  We are excited to congratulate and celebrate the arrival of WCU's new students with an event you will not forget. Learn more

Transition Pathways

First-year students will enroll in one of the Pathways offered to guide a successful transition to college.  You will be introduced to the academic, procedural, and social elements of your new community. Learn more

One Book

The mission of the One Book common reading program is to engage first-year students, as well as the campus community, in a common intellectual experience that promotes critical thinking and interdisciplinary conversation. Learn more

Advocate Awards

An advocate is someone who you know has your best interest in mind - someone who cares deeply about your success and well-being. Advocates are nominated by first-year and transfer students each year. Learn more


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