First Year Parents


Parents, while the students are off enjoying their Orientation, we have prepared a special two-day Orientation program just for you. We encourage you to come along with them. The dates are:

  • June 29-30, 2016
  • July 20-21, 2016
  • August 9-10, 2016

Parent Program

  • Presentations on academic policies and procedures (click here)
  • Panel discussions about financial aid and student accounts
  • Presentations from each of the schools and majors
  • Popular sessions such as Public Safety Issues, Career Trends, Resident and Commuter Student experiences, etc.

Parents spending the night can expect an evening of jazz performances by our students, an evening reception, bingo games and a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and staff.


Day 1
When you arrive on campus, proceed to the Recreation Center which is located in Lot 6 where ample parking is available. Check-in starts at 8:00am in the Recreation Center Arena and programs are scheduled through 5:30pm. For those staying overnight, please bring your overnight bag into the Rec Center for check-in as well. Additional events will be hosted that evening.

Day 2
Please proceed to Wayne Hall at 8:30am and park in Lot 4 or 5. The activities will continue until 12:30pm.

Staying Overnight

Campus Accommodations
For students and parents seeking overnight accommodations, rooms are available in our University's residence halls. Parents are invited to stay over for the evening of Day 1 through the afternoon of the second day for only $30.00 per person. Please do not wait! Rooms will be reserved on a first-come, first serve basis. When you RSVP for the program, the system will ask about your overnight needs and those who select the option to stay overnight must print the confirmation and return it with your check payable to William Paterson University.

Off-Campus Accommodations
Marriot Residence Inn
30 Nevins Road and Valley Road,
Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone: 973-872-7100
2.6 miles from campus

La Quinta Inn
1850 Route 23 and Ratzer Road,
Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone: 855-675-0069
4.2 miles from campus

Hilton Garden Inn Wayne
15 Nevins Road,
Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone: 973-872-7100
2.4 miles from campus


Orientation includes a continental breakfast, lunch and reception on Day 1 and a full breakfast on Day 2. Those spending the night will be provided other snacks and food options during the evening hours.


Directions are available here or can be accessed by calling 973-720-3500.


If you have any further questions regarding Orientation, please visit the frequently asked questions section or e-mail us at or call us at 973-720-6206 which is our Orientation Hotline where you can leave messages if needed. During the summer months, the University is closed on Fridays, so your best way to reach us would be through e-mail.