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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. 

Please preview the 2019 Program Schedule to see what may be taking place at the program this year:


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.”

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.

How do I Register? 

Your student can register you online when they are registering for the program. If you decide to attend after your student has already completed a registration, please contact our office for assistance. Check out the First Year Student Program Section for detailed instructions. 

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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