Orientation

  • Student Orientation Registration

    Welcome First-Year Students!

    We are thrilled that you’re joining the Worcester State University community! One of the first steps in preparing for life as a college student at Worcester State is participating in your summer Orientation program. Our comprehensive two-part Orientation program is a great way to meet new people and get all of your questions answered before classes begin in the fall.

    First Year Orientation

    The first part of your Orientation experience is attending a two-day on-campus program. First Year Student Orientation will provide you the opportunity to meet other students, spend time getting familiar with campus, and engage with staff from various student services and campus resources.

    2022 Program Dates

    • June 21-22
    • June 23-24
    • June 27-28

    Registration will open in April

    The program is scheduled to begin with check-in at 8:30 a.m. in the Sullivan Auditorium on your chosen date, and will conclude by 6 p.m. You are required to pre-register for Orientation; no walk-up registrations will be allowed. The deadline to register is Friday, June 3. If a change needs to be made to your registration, please email orientation@worcester.edu.

    Online Orientation Module

    Following the June two-day programs, you will receive information about First Year Orientation: Online. This online module will include information about various offices, resources, and supports that are available to you during your time as a student. Through videos and interactive links, you will be able to explore information about academic life, campus citizenship, student involvement, and more. This module is a valuable resource as you prepare for beginning classes in September.

    Information for logging into the module will be sent to your Worcester State email in July. The deadline to complete First Year Orientation: Online is Friday, August 19. This program is mandatory, and can be completed at your own pace; you may exit the module at any time and when you return you will be brought to the last page you visited.

  • Program Registration

    Select a date to attend First-Year Orientation:

    Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to attend Orientation?

    It is mandatory that you attend a first-year orientation program. Not only is this a chance for you to make new friends and become familiar with campus, but you will also be spending a lot of time learning about your academic program and other facets of campus life.

    Do I have to attend both days of Orientation?

    Each day of your Orientation program includes important information about your time at Worcester State, and are equally important. You will also receive your OneCard ID at the end of the program on day two. We encourage you to take time now to plan your schedule so that you can get the most out of your program. Day two is scheduled to end by 3:30 p.m.

    Do I have to participate in the online portion of Orientation?

    Each portion of your Orientation program includes vital information about your time at Worcester State, and are equally important. The online module portion is self-guided and can be completed according to your schedule.

    Is there a cost to attend Orientation?

    The cost of Orientation is included in the fees that you pay as an incoming first-year student. The only additional fee is the $25 for the optional overnight, due at check-in for your session in June. Payment can be cash or check only.

    How early should I arrive on campus for Orientation?

    If you are staying overnight during your Orientation program, check-in will be from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. in Dowden Hall. If you are commuting to campus for each day of the program, check-in will be from 9 to 9:30 a.m. in the Sullivan Auditorium Lobby. The program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. in the Sullivan Auditorium.

    Where do I park for Orientation?

    Parking is available in the South Lot on campus, located next to the Sullivan Auditorium. Signage and Orientation Leaders will be available to help direct you to the correct lot. You can also view a campus map.

    Will meals be provided during the in person program?

    Yes. Morning and afternoon snacks and drinks will be provided as well as lunch in the Sheehan Hall POD.

    What if I have special dietary needs or need other accommodations?

    We can accommodate all dietary needs or other accommodations. Note any accommodations on your program registration. Certain accommodations will require you to get in touch with Student Accessibility Services.

    What should I bring to Orientation?

    The Orientation program is designed to be an immersive experience that requires active participation. Be prepared to participate in low-level icebreakers outside and walk around campus for program workshops. We recommend comfortable walking shoes and dressing for the weather. Please bring a form of ID and a form of payment if you would like to shop at the Bookstore. You will receive a drawstring backpack when you check in. We also recommend bringing a water bottle.

    What should I pack if I am staying overnight?

    You will need to pack linens and a pillow for a twin bed, or a sleeping bag, a towel, any necessary toiletries, and a change of clothes. You may also choose to bring a fan if you would like; Dowden Hall is not air conditioned.
  • New Lancer Connect

    Throughout the summer, weekly videos featuring your Orientation Leaders will highlight a variety of topics including campus involvement, leadership experiences, and resident and commuter life. Feel free to watch the videos that interest you most; our Orientation Leaders will share their experiences and give you valuable tips for being successful while at Worcester State. The New Lancer Connect collection can be viewed on our YouTube channel, or via the playlist below.