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New Student Orientation

We welcome you into our community of scholars. We want to provide you the opportunity to become more familiar with the campus culture, guidelines and policies of your specific academic programs, and ways you can contribute to the life and vitality of WAU.

Please review the Academic Bulletin; try to spend time with department chairs and professors. The Betty Howard Center for Student Success is able and ready to assist you with tools to become a successful student.  We realize the first year is often the hardest; this is why it is important for you to attend the orientation programs and informative workshops to keep abreast of our learning community.

Remember, only you can decide your future, but we are here to help so let us know what we can do to assist you every step of the way.

Here are details regarding the next upcoming New Student Orientation:

New Student Orientation is scheduled to begin on August 23, with check in for residence hall students. On Monday, August 24th, orientation check-in begins at 9:00 am in the Sligo Church Atrium, and the official program kicks off at 10:00 am with a welcome from the University President, Dr. Weymouth Spence and other administrators. A number of informative workshops have been planned that will help you make a smooth transition into the campus community. Historically, residence hall students could not move into their rooms until they completed the financial clearance process.  We have adjusted this policy to facilitate your participation in orientation. All residence hall students who did not complete the financial clearance process during one of the early registration sessions, will be allowed to move into their rooms on the 24th if they make a $500 initial payment in addition to the $150 housing deposit that is already required.  This $500 fee is credited to your overall account, so it is NOT an additional amount on your tuition.  This fee must be received by our office no later than August 15, 2015. The $150 housing deposit and the $500 initial payment may be made separately or by one check. Please note that if you are not financially cleared by Tuesday, September 8, you will have to move out the residence hall.

The entire orientation program schedule is attached. However, please check the schedule periodically for any changes, updates that may be made.  Although you are expected to attend this program, we are asking you to RSVP and confirm your attendance by completing the form below.  Please submit your RSVP by August 1 so that we can be well prepared to offer you an outstanding experience.