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We are so excited for you to join our community! Whether you are a new student or transfer, living on campus or commuting from home, doing dual-enrollment or traditional courses - welcome home.

Welcome to New Student Orientation! 

We have been busy planning and getting ready for your arrival. You will find lots of opportunities to learn about the UNW community in the days ahead. Events have been specifically planned for the different groups all participating in New Student Orientation. Be sure to attend those that designed for you. (Note the key below to guide you to the correct events.)

All New Students
All Residents
All Commuters
Dual Enrollment Commuters
Traditional Commuters
Traditional New and Transfer Students
Traditional Student Parents (Including Residential Dual Enrollment Parents)

Friday, August 20 – Tuesday, August 24


Parents, please see the Parent Orientation schedule for the events planned just for you.

Orientation programming concludes Tuesday, August 24. Classes begin Wednesday, August 25.

New Student Orientation Values

Get started. All new students are required to attend New Student Orientation on Friday, August 20 through Tuesday, August 24. We can't wait to have you on campus and experience this incredible community for real!

Get support. We want you to feel welcomed, connected, and supported through your transition into college. All programming and events are created with this in mind for you, and we want you to feel free to ask us anything! We're here for you.

Get connected. We'll be hosting many different opportunities for you to meet and connect with other students, staff, and faculty before classes officially begin, and we highly encourage you to engage with all this entails during that time! You'll also hear about ways to get involved all throughout the entire year.

Before You Arrive

Make sure you complete your New Student Checklist. Most steps can be completed through your Admitted Student Portal. If you have questions about any of these steps, let your admission counselor know!

New Student Checklist

What to Bring

Expectations & Logistics

UNW New Student Orientation takes place Friday, August 20, through Tuesday, August 24, before classes begin on Wednesday, August 25, so plan accordingly! Plan family vacations, camp commitments, work schedules, etc. with this schedule in mind. All new on-campus students are expected to attend all of New Student Orientation.

You can save the date for your arrival now using the calendar on this page. Otherwise, you will receive more specific arrival and orientation schedule details in July and August!


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