Welcome Week 2012
Welcome Week begins Sunday, August 26th!
Welcome to Western Connecticut State University's Welcome Week Website. For new students beginning school in the Fall of 2012, we're planning a very exciting fall orientation program.
The official first date of Welcome Week is Sunday, August 26, 2012 but a few activities are planned for the week before. A link to the complete schedule will be added at a later point.
For now mark your calendars for ...
Please check out our new program at Great Hollow Wilderness School in New Fairfield, CT. Our day-long program on Saturday, August 25, 2012 will introduce new students to a wide range of outdoor activities and help you bond with classmates, as well as meet and talk about making the transition from high school to college with some of WestConn's outstanding faculty, academic advisors, and staff. Activities will allow you an opportunity to build self-confidence and develop interpersonal skills that will get you ready for your first semester at WestConn. Hurry! This great program is limited to 50 students so check out the website and get your registration in as soon as possible.
This year we are introducing a new feature. All students pick
one of the following activities:
Registration for the Great Hollow Program is on a first come, first serve
basis. The $50 fee for participating is due in two installments.
A $25 non-refundable deposit (check made out to WCSU) is due as soon as
possible to reserve your spot. The balance of $25 is due on the day of
Mail to: WCSU, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810, Attn: Student
There are a few early orientation sessions scheduled prior to Welcome Week. They are:
Great Hollow Wilderness Orientation
If you missed June Orientation but were already accepted by the university, your information packet and class schedule will be sent to you in the mail. If you are just now being accepted by the university, please make an appointment with the Advisement Center at (203) 837-8397 to register, and then get your ID, parking decal, and computer accounts on your own schedule. Our offices are open Monday through Friday all summer long. The computer centers are even open on the weekends and some evenings. Check the individual web pages for office hours or contact the Admissions Office at 203-837-9000 with questions regarding your status.
Welcome Week is geared mostly towards students to make them feel welcome and comfortable with their new surroundings. However, there will be activities for parents on Sunday, August 26th, such as the Alumni Legacy Photo (if one or both parents are alumni), the �Entering the Gates� ceremony, the �Opening Ceremony,� and parent workshops. There is also a dinner for students and families that night. New students will eat for free, parents will be asked to pay $8; siblings 12 and under pay $6.
Whether you have or haven't attended the June Orientation workshops, you may find the following information helpful: June Orientation Workshop Handouts
Parents who want to find out how to avoid becoming a "Helicopter Parent" and find some other useful information for parents, should go to http://www.ecampustours.com/forparents/campuslife/helicopterparents.htm.
For more information, please go to our WestConn Parents Club webpage.
Click the button to provide feedback on the June 2012 Orientation. Thank you!
For the June 2010 Orientation Photo Gallery, click on the photo below.
For the June 2008 Orientation Photo Gallery, click on the photo below.
Many students have questions regarding orientation and how to prepare for their first week at Western. Please select an appropriate FAQ below to find out more.
There are many services available at WestConn that help you be the best student and best person you can be. Check out the links below for more information.
Parents have sometimes just as many questions as their students. Please click on the links below for more information.
What is there to do?
WestConn is located in Danbury, CT, a vibrant and culturally diverse city in south western Connecticut. Danbury offers a wide variety of cuisine, entertainment and business offerings. For more information on what there is to do in Danbury, please visit the following websites:
Where is there to stay?
There are a number of hotels that are only about 10-15 minutes away from our Midtown and Westside campuses.
Click here for more information on how to get to WestConn from New York City, Bradley International Airport, or Logan Airport in Boston.