First Year Orientation

New Student Orientation

Welcome to Westfield! Congratulations on your acceptance!

The New Student Orientation program is designed to welcome you to Westfield State University, ensure that you get all of your questions answered, and get a feel for campus before classes begin in the fall.  Whether you decide to commute or live on campus, participate in the Urban Education Program or come to Westfield with a few college credits in place, Orientation will give you the opportunity to meet other incoming students, administrators, faculty and staff, and get connected to your new home!  You will be lead through the program by an Orientation Leader, attend sessions to learn about important campus resources, and get a feel for the Westfield State University community.

Attention Class of 2022:

Our Summer 2018 Orientation dates are now available!  Once accepted and deposited, all incoming students of the Class of 2022 will receive information on New Student and Parent Orientation at Westfield State.  In the meantime, take a look at our dates for the June programs.

Session A:  Monday June 11th - Tuesday June 12th (THIS SESSION IS NOW CLOSED)

Session B:  Thursday June 14th - Friday June 15th (THIS SESSION IS NOW CLOSED)

Session C:  Monday June 18th - Tuesday June 19th

Session D:  Thursday June 21st - Friday June 22nd

Session E:  Monday June 25th - Tuesday June 26th (THIS SESSION IS NOW CLOSED)

Overview of Our Program

Our program is designed to ensure that you are able to get all of your questions answered, doubts resolved, and connections made.  Orientation is a 1 and a 1/2 day overnight program (even for those students who will be commuting to Westfield State).  Below is a list of some of the sessions covered during the orientation program!

  • Group Introductions
  • International Programs
  • Residential Life & Commuter Life
  • Academic Affairs
  • Academic Advising/Meetings with Academic Departments
  • University Police
  • Information Technology
  • Inclusivity Training
  • Sexual Violence Prevention Workshop
  • Student Accounts/Financial Aid Overview
  • Evening entertainment & activities

Answers to common questions about orientation:

  • All students stay overnight in Scanlon Hall during the orientation program (commuters too).  
  • Parents/guests who decide to stay on campus during the program will be housed in University Hall.  Parents/guests are NOT required to stay on campus.
  • Meals and housing are provided during your stay on campus.  There is no fee for students for orientation (please visit the Parent Orientation page for more information about fees for guests).
  • Siblings, friends and guests are not allowed to attend orientation with you since this is a time for you to meet new people. 
  • Please bring bed linens (sheets, blankets, pillows, etc.), a towel and the necessary toiletries for an overnight stay.

New Student & Parent Orientation is an alcohol and drug-free program. Please do not bring these items with you to campus.