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New Student Orientation

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 2ndYou 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.


What does Pre-Registration and Orientation Registration look like?


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 $50 Online Orientation fee or $85 August Hybrid program fee has been received.
PAY Orientation fee

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