Orientation Department

Congratulations on Your Admission to Western!

2014 New Student Orientation: Aug. 19 through Aug. 24

Western will host one New Student Orientation session from August 19 to 24. Over the six days, students will rotate through four blocks of programming, which include: a Headwaters 100 service-learning project; introduction to academic resources; “Life at Western,” to learn about college life and the social issues that come with it; and Wilderness Pursuits trips or walking tours of our local communities. Activities also include programs for families and guests, a welcome barbecue, and evening events hosted by student clubs and organizations.

2014 New Student Orientation Schedule

New Student Orientation is required for all first-time freshmen* and transfer students with 23 credits or fewer. Students are signed up automatically when they register for classes. *This applies to any student entering Western who has not lived before on a residential campus.

2014 Parent & Family Orientation: Aug. 19 and 20

The college transition is challenging and exciting for family members as well as for students. To ease that adjustment, we invite you to attend Western's orientation program for parents and family on August 19 & 20. During this program, we will offer educational sessions and social activities to introduce you to the Western State Colorado University community and to help your family with this transition. The fee for Parent & Family Orientation is $50/person, which includes programming, Welcome BBQ and a Dessert Reception. See a tentative schedule and sign up now.

We recommend that you make lodging accommodations as soon as possible because August is still considered tourist season in Gunnison and lodging is limited. View lodging options here.

2014 Transfer & Nontraditional Student Orientation

Designed to meet your specific needs, the optional Transfer & Nontraditional Student Orientation is set for Aug. 22 from 1 to 5pm. Registration is required, although the program is free – unless you would like to participate in optional activities. This program is optional for any student entering Western with 24 or more credits. Sign up now.

2014 Summer Wilderness-Based Orientation: Aug. 15 through Aug. 19

This optional program, taken in addition to New Student Orientation, gives you the ultimate, unique experience! Join other new students on courses varying in time and difficulty that venture into the Colorado backcountry. Our finest student leaders will give you instruction on adventure activities and beginning college. Learn More.

2014 Week of Welcome: Aug. 25 through Aug. 30

Western State Colorado University's Week of Welcome (WOW) is a time to greet and acclimate all new Western students after the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 25. Western's WOW offers experiences to help you gain a better understanding of our university and its many opportunities to become involved in campus life.