Welcome to William Paterson University! This section of the website is designed to meet the needs of newly admitted students, both matriculated and non-degree. The information provided will help to ensure that you take the necessary steps for enrollment, payment, registration, and more. Please navigate through the following sections and use the links provided at the start of your graduate career with us. As you move through to your second semester, you may begin to use the "enrolled students" tab on the University homepage, as well as refering back to the graduate admissions page for necessary documents.
First steps once admitted into a graduate program
Once you are admitted into a graduate program, including master's, certifications, and endorsements, there are certain steps you must take to initiate your status.
Please review the categories below:
As a graduate student, it is very important that you check your student e-mail daily. All correspondence from University offices will be sent to this e-mail address and professors often use this e-mail to notify students of class cancellations. Your student e-mail can be accessed through WPconnect or by clicking 1) Enrolled Students 2) Communication and Electronic Services" and then 3) E-mail Login." Your login ID is usually your last name and first initial and your password is your student id number (beginning with 855). This information is provided in your welcome packet or non-degree registration e-mail.
WPconnect is William Paterson University's web portal. By logging onto WPconnect, you can access your student e-mail, Blackboard, view/pay bills, view academic transcripts, and access other important William Paterson information. Your user ID is usually your last name and first initial and your password is your student id number (beginning with 855). Your login and password information is provided in your welcome packet, sent out after you have been accepted into a degree program. For non-degree students this information is provided in your registration e-mail. Access WPconnect at http://wpconnect.wpunj.edu.
All graduate students should pick up their free student ID cards at Hospitality Services, located in room 100 of the Student Center. WPU student ID cards are used to check out books from the library, access the Rec Center swimming pool, gain access to student events, and serves as a useful tool within the WPU community. For more information, please refer to the Hospitality website at http://www.wpunj.edu/hospitality/.
All new students, matriculated or non-degree, must contact Parking Services (http://ww2.wpunj.edu/police/) to get their parking permits. The cost is $100 per school year and is included in your tuition bill from the Bursar's Office.
Registration for classes each semester is done solely online. Students can register through WPconnect or through the WPU homepage by clicking on 1) Enrolled Students 2) Online Course Info and Registration and then 3) Register Here For Classes. For more information on registration, including timetables, please visit the Registrars website at http://www.wpunj.edu/registrar/.
In accordance with New Jersey law, all non-international full-time students and all international full and part-time students are mandated to have health insurance. Student health insurance is provided through United Healthcare. For health insurance purposes, full time is defined as a graduate student taking 9 or more credits. If you have other coverage, you can complete the on-line Health Insurance Waiver to have this charge removed from your bill. The waiver form must be submitted on-line to waive the insurance charge. The waiver form must be completed each academic year and only if you already have coverage that is comparable to the University Health Plan and do not wish to supplement your plan with the University Plan. For more information on health insurance visit the Center for Student Services' website at http://cms.wpunj.edu/studentaccounts/health-insurance-waiver.dot.
For information regarding the insurance coverage provided by United Health Care, please use the following link: www.firststudent.com.
The deadline to complete the Fall waiver form is October 1, 2009. There will be no exceptions after the deadline date.
For more information, please visit the Center for International Education website at http://www.wpunj.edu/academics/cie/.
Blackboard is an online portal used to enhance many classes at the University. Blackboard can be accessed through WPconnect or by going to http://bb.wpunj.edu. Your login ID and password are the same as your WPconnect and student e-mail login and password. If you have never used Blackboard, we suggest that you take time in the beginning of your first semester to get acquainted with the system. You can also participate in a Quick Guide for Students http://www.wpunj.edu/bb/students/policies_s.htm.
For more information, please visit the office of student accounts website at http://www.wpunj.edu/studentaccounts/.
The bookstore is located on the lower level of the student center on the main campus. Students can purchase their books in-person or through the bookstores website at http://www.bkstr.com/Home/10001-10151-1?demoKey=d.
For more information about emergency procedures, transportation services, parking, and traffic safety, please visit the university police website at http://ww2.wpunj.edu/police/index.htm.