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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. 

The Overnight Component of First-Year Orientation

First year students may stay overnight as part of their Orientation activities. The overnight component, while optional, is highly recommended. Students stay on campus in the residence halls and have the added opportunity to bond with other students, connect with faculty and staff, enjoy recreational activities, and fully engage in the on-campus experience.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are equally important to us. That is why we host an Orientation just for them. Transfer students have a unique set of concerns and challenges, when transitioning into a new school. Transfer Orientation is designed with those specific issues in mind and helps to ensure a smooth adjustment for transfers. The program welcomes parents 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 were admitted late for summer Orientation, and for students who entered 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 Allen K. Williams, Director of Campus Life Programs and Services at (973)720-3203.