Welcome Week 2013

Last Updated: August 1, 2013

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 Welcome Week begins Sunday, August 25th!

Welcome to Western Connecticut State University's Welcome Week Website.  For new students beginning school in the Fall of 2013, we're planning a very exciting fall orientation program.

When is Welcome Week?

The official first day of Welcome Week is Sunday, August 25, 2013 but a few activities are planned for the week before. 

For now mark your calendars for ...

Sunday, Aug. 25 Move-in day - Residence Halls and Orientation
First year and transfer students MOVE-IN only
Monday, Aug. 26       Orientation for all NEW students continues
Tuesday, Aug. 27    Orientation for all NEW students continues
Wednesday, Aug. 28 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
Thursday, Aug. 29
    through Monday, Sept. 2
Orientation events continue

Welcome Week activities will be held on the Midtown campus. Please visit our directions page, and our campus tour for more information.

Meet your Orientation Leaders      

What other orientation sessions are being held?

There are a few early orientation sessions scheduled prior to Welcome Week.  They are:

 Adult Learner Orientation
    August 21, 2013
     5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
     Alumni Hall
     RSVP requested by August 7
     Contact: Lisa Peck, 203-837-8564, peckl@wcsu.edu

AccessAbility Services Orientation
August 21, 2013
     9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
     Warner Hall, 101 & 102
     RSVP requested by August 7
     Contact: Ellen Ober, 203-837-8225, obere@wcsu.edu

What do I do if I missed June Orientation and need to 
 register for classes?

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.

What about my parents?

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 afternoon.  New students will eat for free, parents will be asked to pay $10; 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 Western Parents Club webpage.


For the June 2010 Orientation Photo Gallery, click on the photo below.


For the June 2008 Orientation Photo Gallery, click on the photo below.


New Student Orientation FAQ

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 Western 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?

Western 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.

Midtown campus:

Westside campus:

How do I get to Western from local airports?

Click here for more information on how to get to Western from New York City, Bradley International Airport, or Logan Airport in Boston.


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