Summer 2021 New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation is very excited to announce that incoming students will have
an option to choose between two fantastic programs as they prepare to join WCU for
the Fall 2021 semester. The two programs that New Student Orientation will be offering
our incoming students are an online-only program and an August Hybrid program. Registration
for both programs opens on Tuesday, March 16th.
- Online-Only- Students who elect to complete the online-only program will take part in a digital
orientation experience. Students will gain access to this program via our online
learning management system, CANVAS. During the online course, students will learn
about campus policies, rules and resources for success, and about our three-tiered
Advising model. This will allow students to view their schedule, learn about their
departmental expectations for the Fall (if a major has been declared), and how to
adjust that schedule as they learn to add and drop courses. The online-only orientation option will open on May 31st and must be completed prior to July 2nd. This program will not have any face-to-face requirements and will cost $50.
- August Hybrid- Students who elect to complete the August-Hybrid program will be required to complete
the online orientation just like those who have elected to participate in the online-only
program; however, they will also select a date for an in-person orientation in August
that will focus on enhancing that experience with programming designed to maximize
social interaction and getting to know our campus and your fellow new students better. This
program will have a one-day in-person session that will run from 10am-2pm on select
days in August. As mentioned above, the online portion of the program will open on
May 31st and must be completed prior to July 2nd. You must select the date you would like to attend when completing your orientation
registration. The August Hybrid program will cost $85 which includes the online program
and the in-person experience.
Summer 2021 VIRTUAL ORIENTATION FAQ
What does Pre-Registration and Orientation Registration look like?
Meet the Orientation Leaders
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
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.
Student Health Insurance
Show proof of valid medical insurance coverage or enroll in the mandatory UNC System
Pay Orientation Fee
Students will not be allowed to access orientation until the $50 Online Orientation
fee or $85 August Hybrid program fee has been received.
PAY Orientation fee