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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. 

Due to the current pandemic, this year’s summer orientation programs are now virtual experiences. We will be hosting pre-recorded sessions where students and families can access information/presentations from this website or link to internal tools to complete mandatory modules. We will also be hosting live opportunities to learn more and get your questions answered. Updates will be made periodically, please visit and return often to enhance your transition to campus.

Learn more about our upcoming virtual experiences for:

First Year Students Transfer Students Parents/Families

Additional questions: WPU-ORIENTATION@wpunj.edu

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.