During Your Orientation
Whether you are fresh out of high school, transferring from another institution or returning to higher education to expand your knowledge and career options, Orientation is your gateway to a comfortable transition into college. Orientation is a valuable time to meet other students, connect with university faculty and staff, and gear-up for academic success at Western.
What will I do during Orientation?
- Have fun!!!
- Begin your HWTR 100 class with a service project to learn more about the Gunnison community.
- Get outside with Wilderness Pursuits. When you check-in for New Student Orientation, you will be signed up for a Wilderness Pursuits excursion of your choice. Some of the options include: rafting, rock climbing, hiking a local trail, paddleboarding on Blue Mesa, and historical tours of Gunnison and Crested Butte.
- Receive academic advising, learn DegreeWorks and finalize fall semester classes.
- Learn how to access MyWSCU, your portal to all campus information and Western email.
- Learn about opportunities to get involved with the unique clubs and organizations on campus.
- Explore the Leslie J. Savage Library and receive tips and techniques from the Academic Resource Center about how to be an effective and successful college student.
- 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 WSCU 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.
- Learn about financial literacy and how to make smart financial decisions now that you are experiencing life on your own.
- Find a job. Orientation will host a Work-Study Job Fair, that will be required for all new students who are awarded federal or state work-study funding. Visit Western's Work-study webpage for more information about working on campus.
- Submit Immunization Records and Selective Service Registration. You should receive these forms in a PDF in an orientation email confirmation after your register for your fall classes. All students must comply with immunization and selective service policies. For specific information, contact the Student Affairs Office at (970) 943-2090.