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New Student Orientation

The 2022 Orientation Staff

 

Spring 2023 New Student Orientation

Registration for all incoming accepted and deposited students starting in Spring 2023 is now open and can be completed through the MyWCU portal.  The Spring 2023 semester orientation dates are Thursday, January 12th (reserved for First-Year students) and Friday, January 13th (reserved for 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) and an in-person session prior to the term of enrollment for incoming students.

Pre-Orientation via Canvas is now open and available to all registered January orientation participants! 

Once registered and enrolled in the program, students will check their Catamount email for the invitation to join the course.  Pre-Orientation must be completed prior to in-person Orientation attendance.

Please note that all incoming undergraduate students are required to participate in both the online pre-orientation experience and one of the in-person sessions prior to the term of enrollment.

For frequently asked questions please visit New Student Orientation FAQ.


Prior to orientation each student must complete the following:

Immunizations

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

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Pay Deposit

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

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 must be completed prior to in-person Orientation attendance. 

ACCESS CANVAS.


Summer 2023 Orientation Dates Announced

We are happy to announce that Summer Orientation will take place on the following dates in 2023:

  • Tuesday, May 30 (Transfer Students)
  • Thursday and Friday, June 1-2 (First-Year Students)
  • Monday and Tuesday, June 5-6 (First-Year Students)
  • Thursday and Friday, June 8-9 (First-Year Students)
  • Monday and Tuesday, June 12-13 (First-Year Students)
  • Thursday and Friday, June 15-16 (First-Year Students)
  • Monday and Tuesday, June 19-20 (First-Year Students)
  • Thursday and Friday, June 22-23 (First-Year Students)
  • Monday and Tuesday, June 26-27 (First-Year Students)
  • Thursday, June 29 (Local Students)
  • Friday, June 30 (Transfer Students)
  • Friday, August 18 (Transfer Students)

We are looking for new Orientation Counselors!

If you have lots of school spirit, a passion for WCU, and want to share your enthusiasm for the university with incoming students we invite you to apply to be an Orientation Counselor! The application is now available on JobCat.  Please reach out if you have any questions about the application or interview process!

*Last Updated: 12/1/22

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