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  • Orientation

    We are thrilled that you’re joining the Worcester State University community! We’re here to welcome you to campus and help you learn the ropes—tips that will help you do well in class and build lasting friendships. During orientation you will:
    Learn about our academic programs, policies, and procedures:

    • Find out about the academic, administrative, and social services available to you
    • Develop a familiarity with the campus and facilities
    • Connect with other new students
    • Have a blast

    Our comprehensive orientation program includes sessions for transfer students and parents.

  • First-Year Student Orientation
    This orientation will acquaint you with life at Worcester State University. Whether you’re a campus resident or a commuter, you’ll have the opportunity to meet members of the Worcester State University community while participating in academic sessions and workshops that will help you get to know other members of your class year and major. We wrap up the day with evening entertainment.
    Transfer Orientation

    Our Transfer Orientation is a half-day program that gives you a comprehensive overview of academic and campus life at Worcester State University. Although you likely will have attended first-year student orientation at your previous college or university, it is important to understand that every college is different. Through our transfer orientation program, you will become familiar with our campus and the services we provide. We hold orientations in August and January, before the start of each semester. Transfer orientation includes:

    • Academic overview
    • Explanation of transfer credits
    • Introduction to representatives from Student Services
    • Campus tour
    Parent Orientation

    Our Parent Orientation covers everything that you, as a parent, need to know to support the success of your student. This half-day orientation includes:

    • Academic overview
    • Conversation with representatives from Student Services
    • Campus tour
    • Residential life and commuter life presentations
    • Student perspective on campus life
    • Presentation on parenting a first-year student
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    We understand that you already have questions about our Orientation. To help you get ready to participate—and join the Worcester State community—we have assembled answers to the most frequently asked questions.
     
  • How am I notified after I register for Orientation?
    You will receive a confirmation of your reservation for Orientation via email. Be sure to check your WSU Gmail account regularly.
    How early should I arrive on campus for Orientation?
    If you are staying overnight for Orientation, you can check-in from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Dowden Hall. If you are commuting for Orientation, you can check-in from 10 a.m. in the Sullivan Auditorium foyer. The program will begin promptly at 10:45 a.m.
    Will there be placement exams during Orientation?
    Placement exams are conducted March through June by the Academic Success Center and are assigned based on your deposit date. Information is mailed to all students with their assigned date.
     
    Do I need to attend Orientation to get my classes for the fall semester?
    Registration for fall classes takes place from April through June. Schedules are built by the Academic Success Center in the order that students complete their placement testing.
     
    What if I have special dietary needs?
    Contact the Orientation Office at 508-929-8615 or orientation@worcester.edu to tell us about your needs. We’ll work with Chartwells Dining Services to make your meal arrangements. You also can describe you special dietary needs on your Orientation registration form.
     
    Do I need a computer at WSU? If so, what type?
    Check out the University Technology Services website for information on laptop requirements. The website also includes information on student email accounts, storage space, and links to how-to videos for Blackboard, WSU’s learning management system.
    Where can I park my car during Orientation? Where can I park during the semester?
    You are allowed to have your car on campus during Orientation. When you arrive on campus, orientation leaders will guide you to the appropriate places to park.

    During the school year, first-year resident students are not allowed to have cars on campus. If you are a commuter student, you can pick up your parking pass at the OneCard office in the Shaughnessy Administration Building beginning August 19.
    How do I get my student ID?
    OneCard is the official ID card for all WSU students and may be used for debit transactions to purchase food, books, and other campus services. You must have your photo taken at the OneCard office at the time of your placement testing. You can pick up your ID during June Orientation.