Welcome to West Chester University and the Office of New Student Programs! Transfer students are an important part of our undergraduate community, and we want you to be successful at WCU. Therefore, all transfer students who have earned fewer than 60 credits are required to attend a one-day transfer orientation session in August. If you have earned 60 credits or more, you are not required to attend orientation, but you are welcome to participate.
What to Expect at Transfer Orientation
At check-in you will receive a name tag and the day's schedule, and you will be placed into a peer group that is typically related to your major and living assignment. You will tour the campus, receive information about living on campus or commuting, and learn about the resources available to help you be successful at WCU. Most importantly, you will network with other transfer students and learn how to get involved at WCU.
Academic scheduling is not part of the orientation day. You must call your academic department to arrange a meeting with an advisor who will discuss your academic schedule and help you schedule classes. This meeting should be arranged as soon as possible as classes fill up quickly. You will not have time to meet with an academic advisor during your orientation day. Please do not schedule an academic advising meeting for your orientation day unless you are able to schedule the appointment after 2:30 p.m.
Transfer Orientation FAQs
Is Transfer Orientation Mandatory? Transfer orientation is mandatory for any full-time transfer student who has earned fewer than 60 credits at their previous school(s). Transfer students with 60 or more credits, part-time students, and non-traditional students over age 24 do not have to attend transfer orientation.
Is there an Orientation Fee? Yes, the fee for transfer orientation is $68. This fee does not appear on your University bill.
What does the Orientation fee cover? The $68 Orientation fee covers all costs associated with Orientation including staffing, materials, meals, and your student ID. If you need to arrange a payment plan for the fee, contact New Student Programs at (610) 436-3305.
How do I register for a Transfer Orientation Session? See the Transfer Orientation Dates and Registration drop-down box.
How will I know which Orientation Day I am attending? Once you have filled out your online form and your payment is received we will e-mail your WCU e-mail account confirming the date of your program. If you have not received this e-mail within two business days of submitting an online payment or within two weeks of mailing a payment, please contact New Student Programs at (610) 436-3305 to inquire about your registration.
Can my parents/family attend Orientation with me? Yes, we have a separate program for parents and families designed to assist you in your transition to WCU. We do not require parents/families to attend this program, but their participation is welcome and strongly encouraged.
How long will the Orientation day be? Do I have to stay the entire day? Orientation takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and yes, you are required to stay the entire day to complete your orientation requirement.
What if I miss or cannot make the day I registered for? If you miss orientation or cannot make your registered session, contact New Student Programs to reschedule or make other arrangements to complete your orientation requirement.
Does WCU offer overnight housing the day before our orientation session or are there hotel accommodations in the area? A list of area hotels can be found on our Lodging page.
Where do I park on the Orientation Day? Transfer orientation parking is available in M Lot located behind the E.O. Bull Center for the Arts and the Swope Music Building. A limited amount of parking is located behind the Sykes Student Union. YOU MUST PARK IN AREAS DESIGNATED STUDENT PARKING. Do not park in areas designated faculty/staff as you may be ticketed. Street parking is controlled by the Borough of West Chester and is strictly enforced. View our Campus Map for the parking areas.
Will I be able to schedule for classes the same day as Orientation? Academic scheduling is not part of orientation. We strongly encourage you to schedule an academic advising meeting with your department as soon as possible. A list of academic departments and phone numbers was included in your Admissions acceptance packet. Please do not schedule an advising appointment the same day as your orientation unless you are able schedule a time after 2:30 p.m.
Where does Orientation take place? Transfer orientation is held in Sykes Student Union, 115 W. Rosedale Avenue. View our Campus Map.
Transfer Orientation Dates and Registration
Transfer orientations for 2015 will be held on Thursday, August 13, Friday, August 14 and Monday, August 17.
How to Register: To complete your registration for Transfer Orientation you must do the following:
Log into your MyWCU account. Select the Schedule your Orientation Session link located in the Alerts section and complete the registration form.
Pay the $68 orientation fee with a credit card using the convenient online payment option, or follow the instructions for paying by mail with a check or money order. This fee will not appear on your University bill.
Once your registration form is completed and your orientation fee is paid, you will receive an e-mail to your WCU e-mail confirming your orientation date. Your registration is not complete and your space is not reserved until your fee is paid and you receive this mail.
If you have not received a confirmation e-mail in your WCU e-mail within two business days of submitting an online payment or within ten business days of mailing a payment, please call 610-436-3305 to inquire about your registration.
When Is January Orientation?
January Orientation is Friday, January 9, 2015.
Check-in will be held from 8:45am to 9:25am in the lobby of Sykes Student Union, 110 W. Rosedale Avenue. Light refreshments will be served.
The program runs from 9:30am to 1:30pm, with optional programs from 1:30 to 2:00pm.
University offices are open until 4:30pm so you can handle other University business after Orientation.
The snow date for Orientation is Friday, January 16th.
Information about inclement weather changes will be placed on our website and on our voicemail at 610-436-3305.
What Can I Expect at Orientation?
We will provide you with information about academics and student life, answer your questions, help you become familiar with WCU, and introduce you to other new students through small group discussions and activities.
You will receive your WCU student ID (Ram e-Card).
How Do I Register and Pay for Orientation?
To register for January orientation, log onto your MyWCU account and choose the Schedule Your Orientation Session link located in the Alerts section. Instructions for setting up your MyWCU account were included in your Admissions acceptance packet.
Read and follow the online instructions to complete the form and pay the $68.00 orientation fee.
You will be able to pay online with a credit card or you can pay by check or money order.
If you need a payment plan for the Orientation fee, please contact New Student Programs at 610-436-3305.
Why Is There an Orientation Fee?
The orientation fee covers all costs associated with the Orientation program including materials and staffing as well as students' meals and ID cards.
Orientation registrations are not complete until the Orientation fee has been received.
When Does Registration Start and What is the Registration Deadline?
Online registration begins on November 1, 2014. Your online registration form and orientation fee must be received no later than Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
Does January Orientation Include Academic Advising and Scheduling?
January Orientation DOES NOT include academic advising or scheduling.
To schedule, contact your major department as soon as possible to make an appointment and finalize your course schedule (undeclared students must schedule an appointment with Pre-Major advising). A list of departments and phone numbers was included in your Admissions acceptance packet.
Please note that University offices will be closed from Thursday, December 25, 2014, through Thursday, January 1, 2015, with some offices having limited staff and/or hours on Wednesday, December 31.
Can Parents, Family Members or Guests Attend Orientation?
Yes, a special program is scheduled during January Orientation for parents, family members and guests.
There is no charge for this program, although lunch is not provided.
Parents, family members and guests can purchase a lunch ticket at check-in. Lunch tickets will be $8.00 per person. Students' lunches are included in their orientation fee.