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First Year Student Program

Welcome to Westfield! Congratulations on your acceptance!

The New Student Orientation program is designed to be your official welcome to life at Westfield State University.

Whether you decide to commute or live on campus, are coming to Westfield State with a few college credits in place, have decided on your major or are taking time to explore your options, our program is designed to help you learn about your new home away from home. Orientation will give you the opportunity to meet other incoming students, administrators, faculty and staff, and make sure you make a connection here at the University.

You will be led through the program by an energetic Orientation Leader, who will be with you every step of the way as you attend sessions to learn about important campus resources, and get a feel for the Westfield State University community. They will be your resource as you transition into this exciting new chapter.

Please use the sections below to find the information that you are looking for. If you can't find it, please give us a call at 413-572-5619 or email us at NSO@westfield.ma.edu.

Session A - Thursday, June 11th - Friday, June 12th 

Session B - Sunday, June 14th - Monday, June 15th 

Session C - Thursday, June 18th - Friday, June 19th 

Session D - Monday, June 22nd - Tuesday, June 23rd

Session E - Thursday, June 25th - Friday, June 26th* 

*Students in the Learning Disabilities Program should NOT register for Session E.

We ask that students register for a session when their Academic Department will be available. Please click the link below for the Academic Department Schedule.

Academic Department Schedule

Our program is designed to welcome you to Westfield State University, ensure that you get all of your questions answered, doubts resolved, connections made, and to get a feel for campus before classes begin. 

Orientation is a two day program, even for those students who will be commuting to Westfield State. We will begin with Check-In at 9am and conclude with Check-Out at 4pm. Students should make arrangements to be present for the ENTIRE two day program. 

Below is a preview of topics covered during the orientation program!

  • Group Time with members of your class
  • Welcome to Westfield State Session
  • Academic Affairs
  • Residential Engagement
  • Commuter Student Life
  • College Meeting with your Dean
  • Public Safety
  • Academic Student Support Services
  • Student Conduct
  • Meeting with your Major Faculty
  • Getting Involved on Campus
  • Student ID (Make sure to bring $10)
  • Financial Aid
  • Registration for Emergency Notification System
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Campus Tour
  • Sexual Violence Prevention Workshop

Don't miss our fun evening programs! Our team will host some fun social events after your last session of the day to give you a chance to have some fun, meet members of your class, eat FREE LATE NIGHT FOOD, and explore campus life. 

Please make sure to check your new Westfield State University email address for more specific information about your program details.

Registration will open in April!

Information on how to register for the First Year Orientation program will be sent to all incoming students. Please make sure to check your University email for the most updated information on the registration process. Once registration opens, we will post the instructions here as well.

We can't wait to meet you!