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Welcome New Golden Rams!

Welcome Week includes events and activities that will help you get connected to your campus and classmates, feel supported as you navigate college, and prepare for successful years at West Chester University!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24

Time Event Location
8:30am–7pm FIRST YEAR STUDENT MOVE-IN
Welcome home!
Residential Buildings
11am–5pm KICK OFF TO COLLEGE
Take a break and join us for family fun activities and entertainment!

Residential Quad

Rain Location: Science & Engineering Center and The Commons

11:30am-2pm STUDENT PARENT & CAREGIVER INITIATIVE
Come join other student parents and caregivers while learning about resources available to you on campus.  
Sykes Student Union, Ballrooms
1pm-1:45pm GEOTHERMAL PUMPHOUSE TOURS
WCU’s geothermal system efficiently heats and cools almost half of campus building space – it’s one of the largest of any University in the country.  Check out the central Pump House where the geo-exchange heating and cooling happens. You're in for a colorful surprise!
Pump House, Rosedale Avenue (next to Sykes Student Union)

2pm-3pm

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3pm-4pm

TOURS OF GORDON NATURAL AREA
Come explore the 126-acre Gordon Natural Area! Established as protected land in 1971, the Gordon Natural Area includes a walking trail, mature forests, and is home to more than 1,700 species. 

Getting to the GNA is about a 15-20 minute walk from North Campus. See more details about getting there at wcupa.edu/gordonnaturalarea

Gordon Natural Area,
South Campus - Meet at the GNA Kiosk on Stadium Road  marked "Main Entrance."  

Canceled in the event of rain

2pm-2:45pm

SECC GREEN ROOF TOUR
Campus is purple, gold, and green! Four green roofs capture rainfall, are beautiful to view, and insulate campus buildings.  Explore WCU's newest green roof located on the SECC!

Sciences & Engineering Center, Third Floor

3pm–4pm

PLANETARIUM SHOW - WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE
Relax under the “stars”! Check out WCU’s Planetarium and our 32-foot nanoseam dome.

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Mather Planetarium, Schmucker Science Center

4pm-6pm WCU CAMPUS GARDENS OPEN HOUSE
Stroll through our organic gardens (3 vegetable gardens + 1 pigment and dye garden) which are used for teaching and research, plus vegetables are donated to the Student Resource Pantry and local food cupboard. 

North Campus Gardens

Canceled in the event of rain

6pm-9pm

WAVE HELLO TO WCU
Join the Student Activities Council for an evening of fun-filled events as they bring the beach to you! Whether you enjoy a big bash or prefer a more mellow vibe, SAC has you covered with a variety of activities. 

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Ram Park

Rain Location: Sykes Student Union, Ballrooms

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 25

Time Event Location
8:30am–7pm FIRST YEAR STUDENT MOVE-IN
Welcome home!
Residential Buildings
10am-11am

REQUIRED PROGRAM - 

INFO SESSION WITH THE WCU POLICE DEPARTMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY 
WCU’s Public Safety is on campus 24/7, 365 days per year. Learn about their services and tips to keep you safe, plus meet Remi, WCU's very own K9 officer.

*This session of this REQUIRED PROGRAM is recommended for students who moved into their residence halls on WEDNESDAY.

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Asplundh Concert Hall
10am-11am

ROTC  OBSTACLE COURSE
Test your Golden Ram grit in a fun and challenging obstacle course led by WCU’s ROTC.  

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Ram Park

Rain Location: Student Recreation Center

10am-12pm WCU CAMPUS GARDENS OPEN HOUSE
Stroll through our organic gardens (3 vegetable gardens + 1 pigment and dye garden) which are used for teaching and research, plus vegetables are donated to the Student Resource Pantry and local food cupboard. 

North Campus Gardens

Canceled in the event of rain

10am-1pm "THE BREAKFAST CLUB"
Saxbys welcomes students to celebrate a "new year, new energy" with our NEW Mate Spritz Energy Drink. Come by Saxbys for a free sample and a $5 app credit card, along with information about how to enter our "New Year, New Energy" Tiktok contest for a chance to win a $25 Saxbys gift card!

Saxbys, High Street

11am-5pm KICK OFF TO COLLEGE
Take a break and join us for family fun activities and entertainment!

Residential Quad

Rain Location: Science & Engineering Center and The Commons

12 pm-1pm ROTC WATER BALLOON CHALLENGE
Come join WCU's ROTC for this fun water balloon toss/marksmanship challenge!

ROTC House Backyard
Located behind Sykes, across from Ram Park.

12pm-4pm

(Every ½ hour)

UPTOWN LOOP SHUTTLE BUS TOURS
Ride along and take a tour of the popular Uptown Loop Shuttle Bus as you leisurely cruise the streets of West Chester, familiarizing yourself with the route and possibilities to connect to downtown car-free.

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Church Street Bus Stop
(next to Ehinger Gymnasium)
1pm-1:45pm

GEOTHERMAL PUMPHOUSE TOURS
WCU’s geothermal system efficiently heats and cools almost half of campus building space – it’s one of the largest of any University in the country.  Check out the central Pump House where the geo-exchange heating and cooling happens. You're in for a colorful surprise!

 

Pump House, Rosedale Avenue (next to Sykes Student Union)

1:30pm-3:30pm

GREEK WELCOME WEEK SOCIAL 
Description: Are you interested in learning more about Fraternity and Sorority Life at WCU? Join members of the community to chat about getting involved as well as enjoy some light snacks and ice cream.

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Ram Park

Canceled in the event of rain

2pm-2:45pm SECC GREEN ROOF TOUR
Campus is purple, gold, and green! Four green roofs capture rainfall, are beautiful to view, and insulate campus buildings.  Explore WCU's newest green roof located on the SECC!
Sciences & Engineering Center, Third Floor

2pm-3pm

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3pm-4pm

TOURS OF GORDON NATURAL AREA
Come explore the 126-acre Gordon Natural Area! Established as protected land in 1971, the Gordon Natural Area includes a walking trail, mature forests, and is home to more than 1,700 species. 

Getting to the GNA is about a 15-20 minute walk from North Campus. See more details about getting there at wcupa.edu/gordonnaturalarea

Gordon Natural Area,
South Campus  (meet at the GNA Kiosk on Stadium Rd. marked "Main Entrance")

Canceled in the event of rain

3pm–4pm

PLANETARIUM SHOW - WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE
Relax under the “stars”! Check out WCU’s Planetarium and our 32-foot nanoseam dome.

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Mather Planetarium, Schmucker Science Center

3pm-4pm INTERACTIVE DRUM CIRCLE 
Libraries aren’t just for books! Join us for some fun, relaxing music-making in the Presser Music Library. This NICE (Neurodiverse Inclusive Campus Event) drum circle is open to everybody--no experience is necessary. Anybody can do it - there are no wrong notes, so anything goes!

Presser Music Library, Swope Music Building

4pm-6pm

GOATS & FLOATS
What could be better than delicious root beer floats and meeting snuggly goats? This is the PERFECT photo opportunity!  

(Rain Date: Friday 8/26, 10am-12pm)

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Academic Quad  

5pm-6pm

BICYCLE LENDING LIBRARY KICKOFF & MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP
Join the organizers of WCU's first Bicycle Lending Library to celebrate the Fall 2022 kickoff of this program while learning some simple bicycle maintenance skills. Stop by the library's help desk to hear more about the program and bicycling at WCU!

Francis Harvey Green Library

7pm-10pm

LATTES IN THE LIBRARY
Relax with us in this chill zone to learn about different spaces and resources at the library (including comfy spots to dive into your next good book), all while sipping a frothy latte and enjoying the campfire feel with free giveaways! 

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Francis Harvey Green Library

8pm-11pm

OPEN REC NIGHT 
9pm-10pm: HIIT with Owen  
Explore all the things that the Rec has to offer! A 69,000 square ft gym, the Student Recreation Center (known simply as “the Rec”) houses basketball and racquetball courts, a rooftop yoga studio, daily workout classes, cardio and weight equipment, and an indoor track. And don’t forget to conquer the 34-foot rock climbing wall!

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Student Recreation Center 

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 26

Time Event Location
8:30am–7pm FIRST YEAR STUDENT MOVE-IN
Welcome home!
Residential Buildings
10am-11am

ROTC  OBSTACLE COURSE
Test your Golden Ram grit in a fun and challenging obstacle course led by WCU’s ROTC.  

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Ram Park

Canceled in the event of rain

 

10am-12pm WCU CAMPUS GARDENS OPEN HOUSE
Stroll through our organic gardens (3 vegetable gardens + 1 pigment and dye garden) which are used for teaching and research, plus vegetables are donated to the Student Resource Pantry and local food cupboard. 

North Campus Gardens

Canceled in the event of rain

10am-11am

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11:30am-12:30pm

REQUIRED PROGRAM -

INFO SESSION WITH THE WCU POLICE DEPARTMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY
WCU’s Public Safety is on campus 24/7, 365 days per year. Learn about their services and tips to keep you safe, plus meet Remi, WCU's very own K9 officer.

*These sessions of this REQUIRED PROGRAM are recommended for students who moved into their residence halls on WEDNESDAY or THURSDAY.

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Asplundh Concert Hall
10am-2pm

COMMUTER SUCCESS DAY
Commuter Success Day is specifically designed for first-year and first-time commuter students to learn more about the West Chester University experience. This is a fun event for new commuter students to meet other students, get set up for academic success, feel more comfortable with campus resources, and ask current students questions about life at WCU. Lunch will be provided for all registered students. 

Invitation only.  RSVP Required

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Sykes Student Union, Ballrooms
11am-5pm KICK OFF TO COLLEGE
Take a break and join us for family fun activities and entertainment!

Residential Quad

Rain Location: Science & Engineering Center and The Commons

1pm–2pm

FIRST-GEN "FRY" DAY
Did you know you're considered a first-generation college student (first-gen) if none of your parents or guardians completed a bachelor's degree? Join us for fries and other freebies and to learn about supports WCU has in place to help you and the thousands of other first-gen students who call West Chester home.

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Chickie & Pete's,
Lawrence Hall

1pm-2pm

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2:30pm-3:30pm

REQUIRED PROGRAM - 

INFO SESSION WITH THE OFFICE FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION 
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Tracey Ray Robinson. 

*These sessions of this REQUIRED PROGRAM are recommended for students who moved into their residence halls on WEDNESDAY or THURSDAY.

Asplundh Concert Hall

4:30pm-8pm

WCU GOLDEN RAM FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE 
Come enjoy snack foods, participate in contests, and show off your school spirit by cheering on your Golden Rams at their first scrimmage of the season! 

To get to Farrell Stadium:

  • Walk from North Campus to South Campus by following the walkway on S. New St. toward the stadium. 
  • Take the Gold Route shuttle to South Campus. You can pick up the shuttle at the corner of University Avenue and S. Church Street.

4:30pm - Tailgate starts

6:00pm - Game Time!

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Farrell Stadium, South Campus

In the event of rain, the tailgate will take place in the Student Recreation Center and the Football Scrimmage will continue as planned, at Farrell Stadium, South Campus.

5pm-6pm

REC CLASS:  FULL BODY STRENGTH
Group fitness classes are a great way to get and stay active while having the support of a community working toward the same goal!

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Student Recreation Center

7pm-11pm

WELCOME BACK CARNIVAL- RAMS AFTER HOURS 
Every Friday evening Rams After Hours hosts fun and free events for WCU students. Join Rams After Hours for their first event of the fall semester, the Rams After Hours Welcome Back Carnival! 

Enjoy carnival games, all your favorite carnival eats, and bumper cars! 

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Sykes Student Union, Ballrooms

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 27

Time Event Location
10am-11am

REC CLASS:  CYCLING WITH SHANNON 
Group fitness classes are a great way to get and stay active while having the support of a community working toward the same goal!

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Student Recreation Center 
10am-12pm SUCCESS COACHING/TUTORING SIGN-UPS 
Meet with staff from the Learning Assistance and Resource Center to learn more about tutoring and success coaching for the fall semester. At this event, you will have early access to sign up for success coaching and tutoring for the fall - don't miss this one- time opportunity to sign up early! Click here for details.
Sykes Student Union, Room 255
10am-11am

REQUIRED PROGRAM - 

MEET YOUR DEAN:  College of Education & Social Work
WCU’s academic programs are organized into six colleges and one school.  If you're an Education or Social Work major, meet and greet the head of your academic college, Dr. Desha Williams.

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Sykes Student Union, Theater
11am-12pm

REC CLASS:  FULL BODY STRENGTH WITH KATELYN
Group fitness classes are a great way to get and stay active while having the support of a community working toward the same goal!

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Student Recreation Center
12pm-1:15pm

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SEX SIGNALS 
An audience interactive program that addresses issues surrounding dating, sex, and sexual violence on college campuses through relatable language and scenarios.

Due to limited seating capacity, pre-registration will be required.

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Sykes Student Union, Ballrooms

1pm-2pm

REQUIRED PROGRAM - 

INFO SESSION WITH THE OFFICE FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Tracey Ray Robinson. 

*This session of this REQUIRED PROGRAM is recommended for students who moved into their residence halls on FRIDAY or anyone who has not attended one of the earlier offerings.

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Asplundh Concert Hall

2pm-3pm

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MEET YOUR DEAN:  College of Health Sciences 
WCU’s academic programs are organized into six colleges and one school.  If you're a major in the  College of Health Sciences,  join this meet and greet with the head of your college, Dr. Scott Heinerichs. 

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Asplundh Concert Hall

2pm-3:15pm

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4pm-5:15pm

REQUIRED PROGRAM - 

SEX SIGNALS 
An audience interactive program that addresses issues surrounding dating, sex, and sexual violence on college campuses through relatable language and scenarios.

Due to limited seating capacity, pre-registration will be required.

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Sykes Student Union, Ballrooms

4pm-5pm

REQUIRED PROGRAM - 

INFO SESSION WITH THE WCU POLICE DEPARTMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY
WCU’s Public Safety is on campus 24/7, 365 days per year. Learn about their services and tips to keep you safe, and meet Remi, WCU's very own K9 officer.

*This session of this REQUIRED PROGRAM is recommended for students who moved into their residence halls on FRIDAY or anyone who has not attended one of the earlier offerings.

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Asplundh Concert Hall
5:30pm-7pm

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WELLNESS WELCOME FAIR
Hosted by the Office of Wellness Promotion, at this event, you will learn about on- and off-campus resources that can benefit your health, wellness and well-being during your time at WCU. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy games and indulge in tasty treats! 

This is an open event, so you may attend the fair at any time between 5:30 & 7:00.

Academic Quad

Rain Location: Student Recreation Center

8pm-10pm

OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
Enjoy an outdoor movie and buttery popcorn with your favorite RAs while watching an exciting flick on the res quad!

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Residential Quad

Rain Location: Sykes Student Union, Theater

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 28

Time Event Location
8am–9am

REQUIRED PROGRAM - 

MEET YOUR DEAN:  University College 
WCU’s academic programs are organized into six colleges and one school.  If you are a student in the University College (Exploratory Studies/Undecided or Interdisciplinary Studies) come meet and greet the interim dean of the University College, Dr. John Craig.

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Asplundh Concert Hall
9am–10am

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MEET YOUR DEAN:  Wells School of Music
WCU’s academic programs are organized into six colleges and one school.  If you are a student in the Wells School of Music, come out to meet and greet your dean, Dr. Christopher Hanning.

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Ware Recital Hall, Swope Music Building
9am-1pm

WHERE'S MY CLASS? WITH COLLEGE CUBER
Campus may seem large (it’s 403 acres after all!), but you got this!  Current students are here to walk you around campus to check out where your classes will be held, so bring your class schedule.

While you're on the Quad, be sure to check out the College Cuber as he solves more than 550 Rubik's Cubes to create a one-of-a-kind mosaic of everyone's favorite mascot, Rammy!

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Academic Quad

In the event of rain, volunteers will be stationed inside the academic buildings ready to assist you in finding your class. The College Cuber will be found outside of The Commons Dining Hall.

10am-11:15am

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SEX SIGNALS
An audience interactive program that addresses issues surrounding dating, sex, and sexual violence on college campuses through relatable language and scenarios.

Due to limited seating capacity, pre-registration will be required.

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Sykes Student Union, Ballrooms
10am–11am

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MEET YOUR DEAN:  College of Arts & Humanities
WCU’s academic programs are organized into six colleges and one school.  If you're a student in the College of Arts & Humanities, meet and greet the dean of your academic college, Dr. Jen Bacon.

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Sykes Student Union, Theater
11:30am–12:30pm

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MEET YOUR DEAN:  College of Business & Public Management
WCU’s academic programs are organized into six colleges and one school.  If you're a student in the College of Business & Public Management, come meet and greet the dean of your academic college, Dr. Evan Leach.

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Asplundh Concert Hall
12pm-1:15pm

REQUIRED PROGRAM - 

SEX SIGNALS
An audience interactive program that addresses issues surrounding dating, sex, and sexual violence on college campuses through relatable language and scenarios.

Due to limited seating capacity, pre-registration will be required.

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Sykes Student Union, Ballrooms
1pm–2pm

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MEET YOUR DEAN:  College of Science and Mathematics
WCU’s academic programs are organized into six colleges and one school.  If you're a major in the College of Sciences & Mathematics, meet and greet the head of your college, Dr. Radha Pyati.

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Asplundh Concert Hall
2pm-3:15pm

REQUIRED PROGRAM - 

SEX SIGNALS 
An audience interactive program that addresses issues surrounding dating, sex, and sexual violence on college campuses through relatable language and scenarios.

Due to limited online capacity, pre-registration will be required for this virtual program. 

Virtual Program

3pm-3:25pm

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3:30pm-3:55pm

HEALTHY CAMPUS, HEALTHY RAMS 
Are you wondering how to stay healthy as a college student this year? Join the Assistant Vice President for Health & Wellness in a meaningful panel discussion with the Director of Student Health Services, the Director for the Office of Wellness Promotion, and a member of the Chester County Health Department. Gain insight on best health practices as a West Chester Ram and ask questions of the panel members. Receive a WCU water bottle or other WCU swag for your engagement in the session.

Sykes Student Union, Theater
4:30pm–6pm

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GOLDEN WELCOME  & CLASS PHOTO
Gather on the Quad with Rammy, WCU's cheerleaders, WCU President, Dr. Christopher Fiorentino, WCU Provost, Dr. Laurie Bernotsky, the SGA President, and other members of the WCU community to enjoy music, fun, free food, and giveaways. You'll also be part of the largest class photo ever taken on West Chester’s campus, the class of 2026 class photo!

Say cheese...and Rams Up! 

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Academic Quad

Rain Location: Student Recreation Center

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MONDAY, AUGUST 29

Time Event Location
8am-10pm

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
Welcome to the fall semester, Rams!  You did it! Get involved on campus and don’t forget to reach out if you have questions or need help.  WCU professors and staff are here for you!

Keep an eye on your WCU email for the weekly Ram Round-Up newsletter that's packed with information about upcoming events, and be sure to check out Ram Connect – it's your one-stop shop for campus involvement, student events, and information about WCU's hundreds of student clubs and organizations

#RamsUP

 

WCU Campus
11am-1pm

DINING HALL WELCOME BACK EVENT
Join us outside the brand new Commons Dining Hall for prizes, giveaways, and more!

Commons Dining Hall

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Request for Accommodations

West Chester University is committed to creating inclusive and accessible events. If you need an accommodation to attend a Welcome Week event, please contact Maria Turner in New Student Programs at orientation@wcupa.edu.

Class of 2026

Message from the President

President

Message from the President

Welcome to West Chester

On Campus Living

Rammy the Mascot

Celebrate Being a Golden Ram

Welcome Golden Rams

Celebrate Being a Golden Ram

Class of 2026 Celebration Pack

 

Questions?
We're Here for You!

Office of New Student Programs
orientation@wcupa.edu

 
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