Do I have to attend Orientation?
All first time freshman* and transfer students with 23 credits or less are required to attend New Student Orientation.The material covered will be essential to your transition into Western State Colorado University. You do not need to sign up for Orientation; you are automatically signed up when you register for classes.
(*This applies to any student entering Western who has not lived on a residential campus before.)
We also offer an optional Transfer & Non-Traditional Student Orientation for students with 24 or more credits. This program is designed to meet your specific needs. Transfer & Non-Traditional Student Orientation is at 1 p.m. on August 23. Registration is required though the cost for this program is free, unless you would like to attend a pre-orientation luncheon with other transfer & non-traditional students. You may learn more and sign up here.....
What does the Orientation fee cover?
The fee charged ($220) for Orientation includes your food and housing during Orientation and covers the sessions and services utilized. The fee for Parent & Family Orientation is $50 per person. This includes programming, Welcome BBQ, and the Farewell Reception. The fee also covers all the Week of Welcome (WOW) events and activities that take place during the first week of the fall semester (August 26-August 31, 2013).
When will I receive Orientation materials?
After you register for classes with the Academic Resource Center, you will receive a confirmation email. This email will include information on your classes, Orientation, important information from our Office for Student Affairs and how to change your password.
When can I register for fall classes?
New students are eligible to register for classes on April 15. You will be automatically registered for New Student Orientation when you register for fall 2013 classes. Learn more about class registration here.
Can my family come too?
Yes! Western is hosting a Parent & Family Orientation. This program will include the Dean's Chat and other opportunities to connect with various departments on campus. In addition, guests are invited to come to our Welcome BBQ, Campus Resource Fair Luncheon and a Farewell Reception. The fee for Parent & Family Orientation is $50/person. Sign up here....
How can I get to Western from the Gunnison airport?
Our Orientation staff is happy to pick-up any students arriving to Western State Colorado University by plane into the Gunnison Airport (GUC). If you need to be picked up, please call our office at (970) 943-2469 before you travel so we can make arrangements. You may also request a courtesy pick-up here....
What should I bring to Orientation?
You will already be moved into your room in your assigned residence hall during Orientation, so you should have everything you need. Some of the Orientation programming will be on campus and just every day attire is all you need. However, some Orientation activities are quite active and you will be spending time outside while you give back to the Gunnison community doing a service project with your HWTR 100 class and exploring the area on a Wilderness Pursuits trip. When you check-in for Orientation, we'll make sure you know what specific clothing you will need to wear for those activities.
Where will I stay during Orientation? Can I stay with an Off Campus friend?
All new students will have already moved into their room in their assigned residence hall by the beginning of Orientation. Any parent or family guests will need to make accommodations to stay off campus. You may learn more about visiting the Gunnison Valley here....