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Champions Program

Welcome Champions!

Thank you for being an active participant in your student's next chapter! We are excited to have them join Owl Nation here at Westfield State University!

Whether you are a parent, a guardian, a family member, or an ally of a first year student, you have the special role of serving as a champion for your student. With your student now entering into an exciting new life at the University, we can promise that we will do our best to provide them the resources they need to be safe and successful here. We understand that your influence, mentorship, and guidance will remain strong as your student meets new academic challenges, creates a vibrant new social life, and develops the inevitable sense of independence.

We invite you to join us for our Champions Program, an orientation program that will introduce you to campus and provide you with important information about how to best support your Westfield State University student. Our program is designed to ensure that you get all of your questions answered, that you feel comfortable leaving your student in our hands and make sure that you feel connected as a new member of the Westfield State Community. The Champions Program runs right alongside the student program, with some sessions combined and some that will be separated. 

We have two program offerings for our Champions. Please select the one that you feel best meets your needs. Descriptions are below and we also have a tentative schedule for the programs.


Here's what last year's attendees had to say about our program: 

  • “I just wanted to note that I now feel confident and so much better [knowing] that [my daughter] will have a home away from home!"
  • "The Orientation program overall was beautifully run, very organized, and full of valuable information."
  • “[The staff] were all great and gave me the feeling that they care about the kids – young adults. Thank you for orientation, it was a great experience and time.”

Full Program

Are you sending a student to college for the first time? Do you have a lot of questions about what to expect? Then you should plan to attend our full program. 

The fee to attend the Full Program is $50, which includes all the materials and meals for two days. 

Need housing overnight? Enjoy a complimentary stay on-campus in one of our newest, apartment-style residence halls! All apartments are air-conditioned, fully accessible, and have complete bathroom facilities. Apartments may be shared with other Champions, but bedrooms will be private.

Fast Track

Have you already had a student go to college? Do you just want some of the basic information about Westfield State? Can you not get the full time off of work? Then our one-day program is best for you. 

The fee to attend the Fast Track Program is $30, which includes materials, lunch, and dinner.  The Fast-Track Program is only for the FIRST DAY of each of our sessions.

How do I Register? 

Once your student has registered for the program, they will be able to see the Champions Program registration form in the same menu they found the student form. It is very important to note that the registration will NOT be seen until a student's registration has been submitted. They will need to pay the fee at this time as well. This registration can be completed at any time, as Champions are placed in the same session as the student. For DETAILED instructions, please visit the First Year Student Program Section.

Make sure when completing the registration form, that the section labeled, "EMERGENCY CONTACT TYPE: ORIENTATION GUARDIAN ATTENDEE" is the information for the Champion attending the program. 

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