First Year Students

Your journey as a WP Pioneer begins with First Year Student Orientation, and we are excited to meet you!  We have a fun and informative day planned for you and your family to get to know our beautiful campus, learn about helpful resources and important academic information to help you succeed. You will...

  • Meet your Orientation Leaders who will help you connect with other students and guide you throughout your Orientation experience.  You'll learn about campus life and how to get involved from a student perspective!
  • Meet your Academic Success Team, which includes your Associate Dean and Academic Advisors / Will Power 101 Instructors.  They provide support to help you succeed academically. 
  • Meet staff from a variety of offices at our fun Services Carnival.   
  • Have many of opportunities to ask questions to help you prepare to become a Pioneer for the Fall 2023 semester. 

During First Year Orientation, there is also a separate track of sessions for your family members to learn about resources to assist you as student, so please invite them along! 


Sign-Up for Your Orientation Experience! 

Orientation is a full day interactive experience from 8:30am - 4:00pm and includes continental breakfast and lunch.  Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.  Bring a smile and a non-perishable food item for our Pioneer Food Pantry.  

Note:  Students transferring to WP with 12 or fewer credits are encouraged to attend First Year Orientation. 

  • Thursday, July 13th - Honors College & Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Students - completed
  • Wednesday, July 26th - completed
  • Tuesday, August 8th - Completed
  • Thursday, August 24 - Last Opportunity to Attend! Program is 8:30am - 1:00pm.

Note: WP Online Students are not required to attend in-person orientations. You will receive information from your academic program. 

Your Orientation journey continues with the following requirements and activities to help you prepare for the fall semester, and get connected once you arrive on campus!  More info coming soon!

Requirements: Check you WP email weekly for important info! 

  • Schedule and take any required placement tests.  You will receive an email with important information. 
  • Attend a virtual meeting with your Academic Advisor / WP 101 instructor.  You'll be contacted this summer with the info.
  • Complete your required on-line training courses before classes begin!  You'll receive an email on July 10 with the links to Alcohol-Wise and Vector Sexual Violence Prevention Course. First parts must be completed by 9/24. 
  • Make sure your vaccines are updated and upload your required vaccination and health insurance information to the portal in WPConnect.  Contact Counseling, Health and Wellness if you have any questions.

Important Events You Don't Want to Miss!

  • Welcome Day & First WP101 Class (required):  Wednesday, August 30.  More info coming soon!
  • Classes Begin:  Wednesday, August 30
  • Passport to WP:  Thursday, August 31.  Still got questions?  Have fun while meeting staff from our many supportive offices. 
  • Club Fair: Tuesday, September 5. Come meet our 60+ student organizations, learn about their events and how to join!
  • Pioneer Service Ventures: Saturday, September 9.  All new students are invited to join us for a fun day helping others by participating in community service on and off campus!  Sign-up at Pioneer-Service-Ventures.
  • Homecoming and Family Day: Saturday, October 21.  Cheer on the Pioneers Football Team and have fun at the Family Day Carnival! 

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    Welcome to the William Paterson Orientation! One of the most important ways to learn about the campus, academic expectations, and how to become a fully engaged Pioneer is to start by participating in Orientation. All events will be accessible here by following the links to both pre-recorded and LIVE events in the coming weeks.

    Recorded Video Presentations

    • Accessibility Resource Center (ARC)

      Learn how the Accessibility Resource Center provides accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

    • Career Development Center

      Discover how the Career Development Center can assist you through career counseling/coaching, campus recruiting opportunities for internships and job opportunities, and our professional mentoring program—the Pesce Family Mentoring Institute for students.

    • Cheng Library

      Get an overview of the many great resources and services provided by the Cheng Library!

    • Counseling, Health & Wellness Center (CHW)

      Learn about the services available through the Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center—your campus resource for comprehensive, accessible, and affordable healthcare delivered conveniently to you.

    • Financial Aid

      Learn about the services available through the Office of Financial Aid.

    • Hospitality Services

      Hospitality Services is your guide to University ID cards, meal plans, Pioneer Express, campus dining, entertainment, and more!

    • Residence Life

      Learn how Residence Life works to assist and support all residential students while they are on campus to ensure that their experience is safe, positive, and conducive to academic success.

    • Veteran and Military Affairs

      If you’re a veteran or student serving in the military, this video walks you through the benefits application and certification process. It also provides information about the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, which provides veteran-centered academic support, career services, health care and wellness resources, and other programs to promote the ongoing success of veteran and military students on campus.

    • Student Enrollment Services

      Student Enrollment Services (SES) is your one-stop shop for any inquiries related to billing and payments, financial aid and financial literacy, and current student records. As a trusted source of information with a goal to assist the university’s growing diverse and talented campus community, SES also offers consultations for students and families seeking help in managing the cost of attending William Paterson University. While they serve as the first administrative resource, they partner with the Offices of Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Registrar on complex issues to provide solutions.