Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)



Do I have to attend Orientation?

We have found that most students who do not attend either the First Year or Transfer Programs often struggle upon entering the University. The programs are tailored to meet a variety of needs and answer many questions you may have. Even those students who transfer in with a variety of credits find the programs enlightening and helpful to their transition. For this reason, we have made them mandatory.


What is my 855 number and where is it found?

Your 855 number is your William Paterson University identification number and is found at the top of the invitation letter sent home about the orientation program. We have stopped using your social security number as a means to identify you after you are admitted.


How long are the programs?

Each program begins at 8:00 a.m. End time varies based on which program you attend.

  • First-Year Student Program: up until 5:00 p.m. 
  • Transfer Student Program: up until 3:00 p.m. 
  • Mid-Year Program: up until 3:00 p.m.                                         


Do my parents have to come?

Your parents, spouses or other significant people in your life are not required to attend; however, many do attend. We know how valuable they are to your success which is why we have created programs specifically targeted to them at each Orientation. 


Do I have to pay any additional fees for Orientation?

Every student whether they are freshmen or transfer pay an orientation fee which is built into their first term at the University. New students pay it as part of their admission deposit. No refunds are provided for simply not attending as we prepare several programs all summer and expect you to take advantage of one of them. 


Where do I go if I arrive late?

If you arrive late, it is best to go to University Hall. If you arrive after 10:00 am, please go to the Office of Student Development located in the Student Center, Suite 117. Please make every attempt to arrive on time or early as the program is fast-paced and has students and parents move around campus to better acclimate them to the environment.