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Welcome to the William Paterson Community!

Orientation is a great way to learn about campus life and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead. During Orientation, students and parents participate in activities that acquaint them with many aspects of the university: academics, services, recreation, residence life, faculty and staff, campus activities, important policies, and more. 

Mission Statement

New Student Programs: The mission of Orientation is to provide programming and resources that assist in the transition of our newest students as they learn to navigate the intellectual, cultural and social climate of William Paterson University. Students will be exposed to the key services and opportunities available to them, and we hope to enable students to make well-informed choices and decisions.

Parent and Family programs: In collaboration with members of the campus community, the parent and family orientation program aims to provide a structured and holistic introduction to the collegiate environment. Through programs offered, families will be informed about educational opportunities, responsibilities in and outside the classroom to support their students. To this end, families will also be reminded of their own student's role and responsibility in their academic success and personal development.

First-Year Students

First year students are provided with an array of activities designed to make student's transition into college life as smooth as possible. Students will have the opportunity to meet other incoming first year students as well as current students. In addition to getting a feel of what college life will be like, they will also have the opportunity to meet and speak with staff and faculty to gain a better understanding of what they can look forward to and all we have to offer.   

Transfer Students

Transfer students have a unique set of concerns and challenges, when transitioning into a new school. Transfer Orientation is designed with those specific concerns in mind to help ensure a smooth adjustment for transfers. The program welcomes families and students and addresses such matters as upper division requirements for specific majors, acclimating to a new campus environment, WPUNJ policies, and more. 

Mid-Year Program

Mid-Year Orientation is for those students who will start their first semester in January.  We provide a program to address this group's particular transition. The program helps students resolve any pending registration issues, adjust to campus life, and navigate essential policies and processes, to ensure a successful entry into the college experience. 

Travel Options

If you will be traveling to the University by car, then you may find driving directions here. If you will be traveling to the University via public transportation, then you may utilize the Trip Planner located on New Jersey Transit’s web page. Should you require further assistance, please contact the Orientation Hotline at 973-720-6206.