Orientation is required for all new students entering in January 2014 with fewer than 60 credits. Please see the information, right, and the January orientation drop-down tab below.
8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with optional programming from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sykes Student Union, 110 W. Rosedale Avenue
To register, go the the "Schedule Your Orientation Session" link in your MyWCU account.
Please refer to the January Orientation drop-down tab below for detailed information.
Welcome to West Chester University and the Office of New Student Programs! We want you to be successful as you make the transition as a transfer student to West Chester University. It is mandatory for all Transfer Students who have earned fewer than 60 credits to attend a one-day transfer orientation session offered in either June or July.
Why Orientation: Transfer students are an important part of our undergraduate community, and we care about your transition to our campus. If you are a transfer student who has earned less than 60 credits you are required to attend a one-day transfer orientation designed to assist you as you transition from your prior institution to the culture and community of West Chester University. If you have earned 60 credits or more, you are not required to attend Orientation, but you are welcome to participate.
At Orientation check-in you will be provided with a name tag and the day’s schedule. You will be placed into a peer group for the day (typically related to your major and living assignment), you will tour the campus, receive information about living on campus or commuting, and will 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 to discuss your academic schedule and schedule classes. This meeting should be arranged as soon as possible as classes do fill up quickly. You will not meet with an academic advisor during your orientation day nor have time to do so. 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.
Click HERE to see a sample of a summer transfer orientation schedule.
Is Transfer Orientation Mandatory?
Transfer Orientation is mandatory for any student who has earned fewer than 60 credits at their previous school(s). Transfer students with more than 60 credits do not have to attend orientation, but are welcome to participate. Orientation is important for new students’ development and academic success at WCU.
Is there an Orientation Fee?
Yes, the fee for transfer orientation is $68.
What does the Orientation fee cover?
The $68 Orientation fee covers all the costs associated with Orientation including staffing, materials, meals, and your student ID. If you need to arrange a payment plan for your orientation fee, please contact New Student Programs at (610) 436-3305.
How do I register for a Transfer Orientation Session?
To register for Transfer Orientation, log into your myWCU account and click on the Schedule an Orientation Session link. After completing the online registration form you will be able to pay the orientation fee with a credit card using the online payment option, or you will be given instructions on how to pay the fee by mail using a check or money order.
How will I know which Orientation Day I am attending?
Orientation registrations are completed upon receipt of the Orientation fee. Once you have filled out your online form and your payment has been received we will send an e-mail to your WCU e-mail account with the date of your assigned program. If you have not received this e-mail within 48 hours of submitting an online payment or within two weeks of mailing a payment, please contact New Student Programs at (610) 436-3305 to insquire about your registration.
Can my parents/family attend Orientation with me?
Yes, we have a separate program for parents and families designed to provide them with information and resources 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 7:30 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, please contact the New Student Programs office to reschedule or make other arrangements to complete your orientation requirement.
Does WCU offer overnight housing the day before our orientation session and/or are there hotel accommodations in the area?
University Student Housing (USH) is offering overnight accommodations in Brandywine Hall for guests participating in the orientation program. Make your trip to campus less stressful and more convenient. Guest will have access to free overnight parking as well. To make your reservation go to http://www.ushcommunities.org/?p=906 or, email USH at email@example.com. A list of area hotels can be found by clicking the Visitors tab on the University’s homepage.
Where do I park on the Orientation Day?
Orientation parking is available only in the Sharpless Street Parking Garage (15 Sharpless Street). Please do not park in other campus lots unless directed to do so by the orientation staff as you may be ticketed. Street parking is controlled by the Borough of West Chester and is strictly enforced. For a campus map go to www.wcupa.edu/campusmap.
Will I be able to schedule for classes the same day as Orientation?
Academic scheduling is not included as part of the Orientation day. 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 the Orientation Day take place?
The Transfer Orientation day begins at the Asplundh Concert Hall in the Philips Memorial Building on the corner of South High Street and University Avenue (700 South High Street). Check-in will be held in the lobby of the concert hall. For a campus map go to www.wcupa.edu/campusmap.
As a transfer student you will have the opportunity to attend a one-day orientation session in August. Please check back for the August 2014 Transfer Orientation dates..
How to Register: Orientation registration will open in mid-April. Once registration opens, to complete your registration for Transfer Orientation you must do the following:
If you have not received an e-mail confirming your registration to your West Chester University e-mail account within 48 hours of submitting an online payment or within two weeks of mailing a payment, please call 610-436-3305 to inquire about your registration.
When Is January Orientation?
What Can I Expect at Orientation?
How Do I Register and Pay for Orientation?
Why Is There an Orientation Fee?
What is the Registration Deadline?
Does January Orientation Include Academic Advising and Scheduling?
Can Parents Attend Orientation?
Where Do I Park?