Registration for all incoming accepted and deposited students starting in Summer or Fall of 2023 will open in late-February/early-March. The Summer 2023 orientation dates are:
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) and an in-person session prior to the term of enrollment for incoming students.
Pre-Orientation via Canvas for Summer and Fall students will open in May. Students will check their Catamount email for the invitation to join the course. Pre-Orientation must be completed prior to in-person Orientation attendance.
Please note that all incoming undergraduate students are required to participate in both the online pre-orientation experience and one of the in-person sessions prior to the term of enrollment.
For frequently asked questions please visit New Student Orientation FAQ.
We would love to get your feedback on our January 12th and 13th orientation sessions. Students can share your opinion with us by completing this student survey. Family members and guests can provide their feedback on our guest survey.
Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you felt the session went, we will use this information to improve and enhance our program in the future.
Submit NC required immunization records. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until all requirements are met.
Students will not be allowed to register for classes until your $300 deposit has been
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
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 must be completed prior to in-person Orientation attendance.
If you have lots of school spirit, a passion for WCU, and want to share your enthusiasm for the university with incoming students we invite you to apply to be an Orientation Counselor! The application is now available on JobCat. Please reach out if you have any questions about the application or interview process!
*Last Updated: 1/17/23