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New Student Orientation

The 2024 Orientation Staff


2024 Orientation registration now open!

Registration for all incoming deposited students starting in Fall 2024 is officially open!  Deposited students can complete Pre-Registration and register for an Orientation session via the MyWCU portal.  All students intending to enroll for Fall 2024 must have completed Orientation in June/July or register for the appropriate sessions on either 8/15 and 8/16.

All incoming undergraduate students are required to complete New Student Orientation prior to beginning coursework at Western Carolina University.  New Student Orientation consists of a Pre-Orientation course on WCU's Learning Managment System (Canvas) that is strongly encouraged and a mandatory in-person session prior to the term of enrollment for incoming students.

The Pre-Orientation course for Fall 2024 students is open and available to all students that have signed up for Orientation.  Students will be added on a regular basis after completing their registration.

For frequently asked questions please visit New Student Orientation FAQ.

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 Deposit

Students will not be allowed to register for classes until your $300 deposit has been received.

Pay Orientation Charge

The 1-Day Orientation charge for students is $70, while each guest costs $55.  The 2-Day Orientation charge for students is $150, while each guest costs $85 (for guests staying off-campus) or $115 (for guests staying on-campus). All orientation charges must be paid prior to attending the in-person session.
PAY Orientation fee

Complete Pre-Orientation Online

Please check your Catamount email for your invitation to join the course in Canvas once you have signed up for your in-person sessions.  Pre-Orientation is a stongly encouraged part of the Orientation process.  


New Student Orientation Wants Your Feedback!

New Student Orientation would love for students and/or parents and guests to provide feedback on your experience attending our 1 or 2-day sessions this Summer.  Thank you for attending Orientation!

Summer 2024 Student Survey

Summer 2024 Parents/Guest Survey

*Last Updated: 7/9/24

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