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New Student Orientation

Transfer Students

Contact New Student Orientation  

New Student Orientation

202 Lawrence Center
West Chester, PA 19383

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


Welcome New WCU Students!

Information about January 2020 orientation coming soon!

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, and we want you to be successful at WCU, therefore 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 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 can complete the online orientation program offered through D2L.

*Your credit status is based on the number of credits you earned at your previous institution(s)  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, and meet faculty and staff from across campus. Most importantly, you will network with other new transfer students and learn how to get involved here at WCU.

Sample Transfer Student & Orientation Schedules

How to Schedule Classes

Academic scheduling is not part of orientation. To schedule, you must call your academic department to arrange a meeting with an advisor who will 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, so please do not schedule an academic advising meeting for your orientation day unless you are able to schedule it after 2:30 PM.

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 or take the online course.  In August, adult learners will receive information about a separate, optional orientation program offered just for them.
  2. Is there a New Student Fee?
    Yes, the New Student fee is a one-time fee that appears on all new students' first semester bills.
  3. What does the New Student Fee cover?
    The fee covers all costs associated with orientation including staffing, materials, content development and maintenance, meals, and student IDs.
  4. How do I register for an on-campus transfer orientation session?
    Register using the link in myWCU.  Registration opens in May.
  5. How will I know which orientation day I am attending?
    A confirmation e-mail will be sent to your WCU e-mail account once you've completed the registration form. After you register, your date will also be displayed in myWCU.
  6. Can parents, family members or guests attend orientation with me?
    Yes, we have an optional orientation program for parents, family members and guests, and participation is strongly encouraged. The 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 8:45 AM to 2:30 PM.  You are required to stay for the entire program.
  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?
    WCU does not offer overnight accommodations for transfer oriention days. A list of area hotels can be found on the University's Lodging page or on the Brandywine Valley Visitor's Bureau website.
  10. Where do I park for orientation?
    Parking is available behind the Sykes Student Union and in M Lot behind the Swope Music Building on S. High Street. PLEASE PARK ONLY IN AREAS DESIGNATED STUDENT PARKING.  Do not park in areas designated faculty/staff as you may be ticketed or towed. Metered street parking is controlled by the Borough of West Chester and is strictly enforced, even in the summer. 
  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 PM.
  12. Where does orientation take place?
    Transfer orientation is held in Sykes Student Union, 110 W. Rosedale Avenue.  Check-in takes place on the ground floor at EcoGrounds.  The EcoGround entrance is located on the southeast corner behind the building.

Transfer Orientation Dates and Registration


2019 transfer orientations will be held on Thursday, August 15, Friday, August 16, and Monday, August 19. Orientation registration opens the first week of May. The deadline to register is Friday, August 9, 2019.

Once registration opens you should log in to 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 is no longer available. After you submit the form, you will receive an e-mail confirming your orientation date in your WCU e-mail.

To change your orientation date, simply return to the Schedule Your Orientation Session link in MyWCU and choose another date from the available options.

Students with more than 60 credits who choose to complete the online orientation course will receive an email from New Student Programs telling them when it is available in D2L.

2019 January Orientation

  1. When Is January Orientation?
    • January Orientation is Friday, January 11, 2019.
    • Check-in will be held from 8:45 to 9:45 AM at EcoGrounds on the ground floor of Sykes Student Union, 110 W. Rosedale Avenue.
    • Light refreshments will be served and ID photos will be taken.
    • The program runs from 9:50AM to 3:30 PM.
    • University offices are open until 4:30 PM 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. If you need help setting up your account, contact the IT Help Desk at (610) 436-3350 or  You can also visit the IT Help Desk website for more information.
  4. When Does Registration Start and What is the Registration Deadline?
    • Online registration begins on or about November 5, 2018. Online registration will close at 8 AM, Thursday, January 10, 2019.
  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 Exploratory Studies (formerly 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 Tuesday, December 25, 2018, through Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
  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.
    • To assist us in planning, please complete the parent section of the online registration form. In addition, please complete a Parent/Guardian Information Sheet if you would like to receive information from the West Chester University Foundation about campus news, events, and scholarship opportunities.
  7. Where Do I Park?
    • Park in any student space behind Sykes Student Union or in the lot located near the basketball courts on the corner of Rosedale and Roslyn Avenues.  You can also park 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.  Street parking is controlled by the Borough of West Chester and is strictly enforced, even during break periods.
    • 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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