Orientation Department

Congratulations on your admission to Western State Colorado University!

Spring Orientation
Saturday, January 7 at 1 pm
University Center Ballroom

Whether you are transferring from another institution, returning to higher education to expand your knowledge and career options, or fresh out of high school, Orientation is your gateway to a comfortable transition into college.  We hope that you take advantage of this time to meet other new students and get a glimpse of all that life at Western State Colorado University has to offer.  During this time, we will gear you up for academic success by introducing you to the many resources that Western provides, as well as show you the many opportunities you have to get involved with the unique clubs and organizations on campus and in the Gunnison Valley.

Spring Orientation is required for all new students entering Western for Spring Semester. You will be signed up automatically when you register for classes. The cost of attending the program is $50 and this charge will be applied directly to your student account. The program will begin at 1 pm on Saturday, Jan. 7, so please plan to arrive to the University Center by 12:30 pm for check-in.

Please note: New students may also begin moving into their assigned residence hall beginning at 9 am Saturday, Jan. 7.

What do you want to learn at Spring Orientation. Tell us!

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call the Orientation Office at (970) 943-2469.

What will you do during Orientation?

  • Learn about how to achieve academic success at Western
  • Learn how to access MyWestern, your portal to all campus information and Western email
  • Learn about opportunities to get involved with the unique clubs and organizations on campus
  • Hear from Financial Aid
  • Explore majors and career opportunities
  • Learn about recreational opportunities in the Gunnison and Crested Butte areas
  • Get your Mountaineer Card. This card will be your official student ID and will give you access to the library, fitness center and athletic events. Depending on how you wish to utilize your card, you will also be able to use it at Mad Jacks (retail dining), the Bookstore, games area, campus laundry facilities, soda/vending machines, copy machines, Wilderness Pursuits trips or gear rentals and even for pizza delivery in Gunnison.  Please bring an alternate ID, like a driver's license, to show the staff.
  • Submit Immunization Records and Selective Service Registration. You should receive these materials along with your Orientation confirmation letter. All students must comply with immunization and selective service policies. For specific information, contact the Student Affairs Office at (970) 943-2090.
  • Think About It:

Think About It is an online substance and sexual abuse training program that prepares students to reduce risky behavior and to confront and prevent serious campus problems. Soon you will receive an email from Campus Clarity with a link to this online program. We believe you will find Think About It educational and entertaining; this program is interesting, engaging, informative and was created with students for students. Please remember, this program is required and you will not be able to receive your Mountaineer ID Card without having completed the course, so it's important that you set aside time to finish the program before you arrive on campus.

  • Secure your Financing

•Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov. Your Financial Aid Award Letter should reach you six to eight weeks after completing your FAFSA and any other required paperwork.  If you have any questions, please contact Financial Aid at (970) 943-3085.
For Colorado Residents: Apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend. Visit www.collegeincolorado.org to apply. This stipend will apply to your account each semester you register for classes and lower your tuition bill! Note: This is a one time application that will require your Social Security number, legal name, and date of birth.

  • Reserve your housing and meal plan

Please be sure to complete your housing online housing application if you will be living on-campus. If you have any questions, please contact Residence Life at (970) 943-2101 or e-mail bkaffenberger@western.edu. Remember: New students may begin moving into their assigned residence hall at 9 am on Saturday, Jan. 7.

  • Transfer Students

If you are a transfer student, have you heard about Westerners in Transition (WIT)?  WIT is Western State Colorado University's premiere program for Adult Learners and Non-Traditional students. WIT will guide you through the processes of navigating admissions, financial aid, registration, and other important steps involved in matriculating into Western. You will meet other students who share your experiences of going to college as an adult learner and can provide essential mentoring as you work toward your goal of a college degree.   For more information please contact Jessica Vogan, (970) 943-2469.

  • Will you need disability services?

If you need assistance, please contact the Disability Services Office at (970) 943-7056.