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New Student Orientation

Spring 2021 New Student Orientation

Spring 2021 New Student Orientation will take place entirely online via Blackboard (WCU's virtual learning environment).  Registration for both first-year and transfer students begins on Monday, November 30th.  Online Orientation will open on Monday, January 11th and must be completed prior to Friday, January 22nd.  The online orientation process is completely asynchronous (meaning it can be completed at anytime) and should take between 2-3 hours to complete.  Online Orientation registration will cost $45 which must be paid prior to course access being granted.




Meet the Orientation Leaders

A group of students holding a welcome message for incoming students.


New Student Orientation Live-Streams

Do you have questions about life at Western Carolina University for incoming students?  Check out these live-streams that were recorded for our Summer 2020 online orientation sessions.  Topics include Dining, Residential Living, Student Employment, Health and Wellness, Intercultural Affairs, and more!

Prior to orientation each student must complete the following:


Submit NC required immunization records. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until all requirements are met.

  • Collect your immunization history
  • Determine your specific immunization requirements
  • Submit your immunizations through Health Services' online patient portal


Pay Deposits

Students will not be allowed to register for classes until your $150 tuition deposit has been received. For those planning to live on campus the $150 housing deposit must also be paid.
PAY Deposits

Student Health Insurance

Show proof of valid medical insurance coverage or enroll in the mandatory UNC System Health Plan.

Pay Orientation Fee

Students will not be allowed to access orientation until the $45 online orientation fee has been received.
PAY Orientation fee

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