First Year Student Programs
Time to become an OWL!

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Welcome to Westfield!

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.

What should I expect?

As an incoming First Year student, there is a lot of information that is sent your way and many tasks that you are expected to complete. Our team is here to help you navigate through all of it. Please use the sections below to learn more about the four different onboarding experiences that you will participate in to help you succeed as an Owl. 

Experience 1: Academic Orientation

Our first step in welcoming you to our community is to give you an understanding of the academics.  After all, our shared goal is to provide you with the degree that will shape your future.  Becoming a member of our community of learners means understanding the many ways your academic pursuits will be supported.  Our Orientation to Academics is intended to provide you and your Champions with the opportunity to learn about being a student at Westfield State University.    

We are offering the choice of two programs in Academic Orientation for all new students to Westfield State University and their Champions: One in-person on Wednesday June 8 and one online on Friday June 10.

Please, RSVP Here and join us on June 8 or June 10! 

Experience 2: Online Resource Course

The Online Module was developed to get you all the important information about our University. This program is a pre-made module that you will access with your University login. You can complete this program wherever you are comfortable and on any electronic device (Laptop, tablet, or phone). Our program will introduce you to your Orientation Leader, provide information about most of our campus departments, and hopefully get you thinking about your Westfield State Experience. Here is a preview of the sections you will complete:

  • Welcome
  • Academics
  • Student Support Services
  • Student Life
  • Technology and Student Success Systems
  • Community Expectations
  • Financing Your Education
  •  Next Steps
Experience 3: Summer Socials and Communication

Summer Socials provide an opportunity for students and Champions (parents, families, or student supporters) to meet one another, as well as current students, staff, and recent alumni. The evening includes a networking hour, a welcome presentation, activities for students, student billing and financial aid session for Champions, and informal socializing. Don't forget to grab your Welcome to Westfield State kit before leaving!

  • June 15th at Westfield State University
  • June 21st at Westfield State University
  • June 28th at the DCU Center in Worcester

All events will take place from 5pm - 8pm. 

Register for one of the events at this link: SUMMER SOCIAL REGISTRATION

Summer Communication is a priority of the New Student Orientation Team. Each week, all incoming students should expect to receive a weekly email from our office with updates, tasks to complete, introductions of University Departments, and items to be watching for in the mail. Orientation Leaders will also send information out their students groups throughout the summer and are available for questions from students at any time. Checking your University email account is imperative to your successful transition into Westfield State University. 


Experience 4: New Student Orientation Program

Welcome to the Main Event. Your official New Student Orientation Program.

First-Year Student Welcome Day is Friday, September 2nd. Residential Students will move-in to the Residence Halls and Commuter Students are invited to join us for the day's events. There will be activities on the green, a welcome back resource fair, University Cook-Out, official Welcome Session, and more!

From September 3rd - 5th, First-Year students will participate in a three-day orientation program focused on student engagement, social programming, college readiness, and academic success. Students will also receive mandatory trainings on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Sexual Assault, Alcohol Safety, and others. 

Check out our Program Schedule!

All students are required to participate in New Student Orientation. Session attendance is tracked for all students.