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Attention students enrolling in January 2014:  Please view our January New Student Orientation page for information regarding your program.

The 2014 Summer Orienation dates have not been announced yet.  Please check back soon.  In the meantime, you may familiarize yourself with our program by reading the announcement from the 2013 Orientation program.

Welcome new WC students. You are each about to embark upon an exciting and life changing experience. I remember entering WC as a first-year student, full of excitement, yet fearful about the unknown. Who would my new friends be? What would the professors be like? Would I pass my classes? Who will I eat with in the TOP? What will my roommate be like? How will I ever survive on my own? These questions faded quickly as I dove into my freshmen orientation program. I was assigned to a group full of other students who were asking the same questions. Little did I know, but others felt the same anticipation, yet anxiety I was feeling. Orientation proved to be just what the doctor ordered. I quickly began meeting people who would become my friends for life. I had a better understanding of what to expect in the classroom and actually began to feel like a REAL WC student.

I want to make sure you have the same successful experience I did. Therefore,we have designed a required, 2-step Orientation program: Summer O,Your Passport to Success and our 4-day Fall Orientation.  Each program is designed to assist you in becoming more familiar with the campus and it’s resources as well as include family members in the transition process.

Many of you are already registered for one of the Summer O programs which will occur on June 27th, July 17th or August 9th, and will visit campus this summer to complete part 1 of the 2-step process. The fall program will be here before you know it so mark your calendars now for Thursday, August 22nd, through Sunday, August 25th. My student Directors and I have planned a wonderful adventure for you in order to address your concerns, answer your questions, give you a taste of campus life and help you make the transition from high school to college. You may think, “I’ve got this, I don’t need any help with transitioning.” However, there will be many opportunities throughout our fall orientation to meet with your professors, tap into your creativity and mingle with some of the most interesting people. We have events planned from academic success strategies, time management, and healthy choice sessions to dating issues, diversity and even a community service experience. I know it sounds like a lot of lectures and presentations or a "waste of your time", but we promise, there will be something for everyone. We have even arranged social activities to assist you in relieving stress and introduce you to some of our favorite college activities. Participation in all of the orientation programs, even the social activities, are proven to be beneficial to each new student. Worried about home-sickness? Worry no-longer. The key is getting involved. Shy? Never fear, we have 20 Peer Advisors who will be by your side to make it easy and fun to connect with others.

Check out the tentative schedules, located to the left of the page, and feel free to email my student director Megan McDonough,or student assistants, Katelyn Straley or Abby Simmons with your questions prior to orientation. You may also email me at

I look forward to meeting you.

With much excitement and anticipation,

Tara L. Lydy
New Student Orientation Director