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New Student Orientation

Transfer Students

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New Student Orientation

202 Lawrence Center
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-3305
Fax: 610-430-5945


2017 Online Transfer Orientation

 The Fall 2017 online Transfer Orientation course is now available for students who did not attend an on-campus orientation.  You can find the course in your D2L account.  Please contact New Student Programs if you do not see the course in your account.

SOAR into Leadership at West Chester University! 

Registrations are still being accepted for SOAR, WCU's New Student Leadership Retreat.  More information and registration can be found on OrgSync.


Join us for Family Weekend 2017--September 16-17!

Check out our schedule of events!   Schedule is subject to change and updates will be posted here.


Transfer Students

Summer Orientation

Welcome to West Chester University and the Office of New Student Programs! Transfer students are an important part of our undergraduate community.  We want you to be successful at WCU, so all transfer students are required to complete an orientation based on the number of credits they have earned.*

Transfer Students with Fewer than 60 Credits:  If you have earned fewer than 60 credits before entering WCU, you must attend on-campus orientation.

Transfer Students with 60 Credits or More:  If you have earned 60 credits or more before entering WCU, you may attend on-campus orientation OR you may complete the online orientation program offered through D2L.

*Credit status is based on the number of credits you have earned at your previous institution(s) as of your last semester taking classes before entering WCU.  Credit status is based on earned credits regardless of whether they have transferred to WCU.

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. You will tour 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 here at WCU.

Example Summer Transfer Orientation Schedule

How to Schedule Classes

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 your classes. This meeting should be arranged as soon as possible as classes may 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

  1. Is transfer orientation mandatory?
    Yes, transfer orientation is mandatory for all full-time transfer students based on their earned number of credits. Transfer students with fewer than 60 credits must attend on-campus orientation.  Transfer students with 60 credits or more must either attend on-campus orientation OR complete the online orientation course available through D2L.  Part-time students taking fewer than 12 credits and adult learners (students over age 24) do not have to attend orientation.
  2. Is there a New Student Fee?
    Yes, the New Student fee is a one-time fee that appears on a student's first semester bill.
  3. What does the orientation fee cover?
    The fee covers all costs associated with orientation including staffing, materials, content development, meals, and student IDs.
  4. How do I register for an on-campus transfer orientation?
    Register using the link in myWCU.  See the Transfer Orientation Dates and Registration drop-down box for more information.
  5. How will I know which orientation day I am attending?
    We will e-mail your WCU e-mail account confirming the date of your program once you've completed the registration form. After you register, your date will also be displayed in myWCU.
  6. Can parents, family or guests attend orientation with me?
    Yes, we have an orientation program for parents, families, and guests that is optional, but their participation is strongly encouraged. The parent, family and guest program is separate from the student program, so you will not be together during the day.  There is no additional cost for this program, however lunch is not provided.  Lunch tickets will be available to purchase at morning check-in.
  7. How long will the orientation day be?
    Orientation takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..  You are required to stay the entire day.
  8. 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.
  9. Does WCU offer overnight housing the day before my orientation, or are there hotel accommodations in the area?
    A list of area hotels can be found on our Lodging page.
  10. Where do I park for orientation?
    Parking is available in M Lot located behind the Swope Music Building, and a limited amount of parking is located behind the Sykes Student Union. PLEASE PARK IN AREAS DESIGNATED STUDENT PARKING ONLY.  Do not park in areas designated faculty/staff as you may be ticketed or towed. Street parking is controlled by the Borough of West Chester and is strictly enforced. 
  11. 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.
  12. Where does orientation take place?
    Transfer orientation is held in Sykes Student Union, 110 W. Rosedale Avenue. 

Transfer Orientation Dates and Registration


Transfer orientations for 2017 will be held on Thursday, August 17, Friday, August 18, and Monday, August 21.  The deadline to register is Monday, August 14, 2017.

To complete your registration, log into your myWCU account. Select the Schedule your Orientation Session link located in the Alerts section and complete the registration form.  If you do not see your desired orientation date listed, that session is full and no longer available.  Once you complete the form, you will receive an e-mail in your WCU e-mail confirming your orientation date.

January Orientation

  1. When Is January Orientation?
    • January Orientation is Friday, January 13, 2017.
    • Check-in will be held from 8:30 am to 9:45 am in the lobby of Sykes Student Union, 110 W. Rosedale Avenue. Light refreshments will be served and ID photos will be taken.
    • The program runs from 9:50 am to 2:00 pm, with optional programs from 2:00 to 2:30 pm.
    • University offices are open until 4:30pm so you can handle University business after orientation.
    • Information about inclement weather changes will be placed on our website and on our voicemail, 610-436-3305.
  2. What Can I Expect at Orientation?
    • We will provide you with information about academic 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.
  3. How Do I Register for Orientation?
    • To register for January orientation, log into 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.
  4. When Does Registration Start and What is the Registration Deadline?
    • Online registration begins on or about November 15, 2017. Your online registration form and orientation fee must be received no later than Monday, January 9, 2017.
  5. 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 Monday, December 26, 2016, through Monday, January 2, 2017.
  6. 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. Students' lunches are included in their orientation fee.
    • To assist us in planning, please complete the parent section of the online registration form. In addition, please complete a Parent/Guardian Information Sheet.
  7. Where Do I Park?
    • Park in any student space behind Sykes Student Union or in M lot behind the Swope Music Building.
    • Do not park in faculty/staff spaces as you may be ticketed or towed.
    • Street parking near the University is metered or by permit only.  It is controlled by the Borough of West Chester and is strictly enforced.
    • Metered parking available on Rosedale Avenue across from Sykes Student Union has a 3-hour time limit.
    • Click on the parking icon on the New Student Programs home page for a campus map and driving directions.

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