Orientation Department

Congratulations on your admission to Western State Colorado University!

2015 New Student Orientation Programs

New Student Orientation (Freshman): August 19-August 23

Over the five days, (August 19-23) 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 the local communities. Activities also include programs for families and guests, a Welcome Barbecue and evening events hosted by student clubs and organizations.

  • New Student Orientation is required for all first-time freshmen and transfer students with 23 credits or less who are also under 21. 
  • Students are signed up automatically when you register for classes.
  • The fee for this program is $250 and it will be applied to your student account.
  • Please plan on arriving to campus on Wednesday, Aug. 19 between 9 am and 2 pm. During this time you will need to move into your assigned residence hill, check in for Orientation at the University Center and pick up your Mountaineer ID. (Remember, students entering Western under the age of 21 must have completed Think About It, the online prevention education program.)
Tentative 2015 New Student (freshman) Orientation Schedule

Transfer & Non-Traditional Student Orientation: August 21

Transfer & Non-Traditional Student Orientation will explain important information and Western and the Gunnison community and is designed to meet these students' specific needs. It is required for all new students with transfer or non-traditional student status. The program begins at 1 pm on Friday, Aug. 21, in the University Center.
(Note: If you are attending this program and living on campus, you may begin moving into your assigned residence hall on Friday, Aug. 21, beginning at 9 am.)

  • If you are over the age of 21 and are transferring to Western with 24 or more credits: you will attend Transfer & Non-Traditional Student Orientation, which will be on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 1 - 5 pm. The cost for this program is $50 and it will be applied to your student account.
  • If you have 23 or fewer credits and are under the age of 21: you will attend Freshman Orientation, which begins on Wednesday, August 19. (See Above)
  • If you are 21 or older and entering Western with less than 24 credits, you will choose between the two programs. The Orientation Office will contact you to discuss your options after you register for classes but initially you will be signed up for Freshman Orientation.
Tentative 2015 Transfer & Non-Traditional Student Orientation Schedule

Parent & Family Orientation: August 19 & 20

During the first two days of New Student Orientation, we invite families to join their students on campus. On Wednesday, Aug. 19, and Thursday, Aug. 20, we offer educational sessions and social activities to introduce you to the community and help families with their transition to Western. The fee is $50 per person, which includes programming, meals and a Dessert Reception. Sign up here....

Tentative 2015 Parent & Family Orientation Schedule

Summer Wilderness Based Orientation (WBO): August 14-18, 2015

This OPTIONAL program, taken IN ADDITION to one of the New Student Orientation programs, gives you the ultimate unique experience! Join other new students on courses varying in time and difficulty that venture into the Colorado backcountry. Each course is led by some of our finest student leaders who give you instruction on adventure activities and beginning college. There is an additional fee for this program.  Learn More »

All new students entering Western are required to participate in one of the New Student Orientation programs (not including WBO). Students will be automatically signed up for Orientation after registering for classes and will receive a confirmation email with additional details.