Congratulations on your choice to become a student at Wilberforce University! As you prepare to join the Wilberforce family, please use the information on this page to facilitate your transition. Attending Wilberforce University will be a life-changing experience!

The First Year Experience
All incoming (freshman and transfer) students must participate in the Wilberforce University First Year Experience. This experience is a collaborative effort between academic affairs and student engagement, that begins during the summer with various communications and events. Throughout your first academic year at Wilberforce, you will have the opportunity to participate in summer registration, common courses, the First Year Seminar, living communities, and more.

Becoming a Bulldog- What is Next?
You’ve completed your application for admission, you have been accepted, you are confirmed, now it is time to begin receiving information about your transition, what to bring, when to arrive, and what to expect! Additionally, it is important that you prepare to participate in these upcoming and mandatory events.

July 28
Wilberforce Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (S.O.A.R.) – Students may choose July 28 to attend the final S.O.A.R. experience -To register for the summer Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration event, please confirm your attendance. Attending this experience will allow you to register for classes, complete the financial aid and validation process, learn more about our dynamic academic programs, tour campus, visit a residence hall, and meet campus leadership. Things to bring: Identification (State-issued or Passport), Official Transcripts (high school and college/university transcripts if transfer), forms (health, housing, financial aid), and your $50.00 orientation fee (or full $275.00 fee which includes the $50.00 orientation fee, $125.00 housing deposit, $100.00 matriculation fee).

July 28-August 1, 2017
New Student Orientation – All new students must attend the New Student Orientation Program from July 28-August 1, 2017. Classes begin on August 2, 2017. Full 2017 New Student Orientation Schedule coming soon.

July 15, 2017
Deadline for Priority Housing Selection – Students must complete a housing application/contract and submit their fees to ensure they are assigned housing. Students who do not complete a housing request by the deadline may be subject to a waitlist for housing. Visit the Office of Residence Life for more information and to access the electronic Housing Contract (housing payments should be sent to the Office of Admissions or the Office of the Bursar with the notation – housing deposit).

During the orientation program we also invite parents/family/friends to participate in the special information sessions. Students will receive detailed orientation information after admission to Wilberforce University and should check back on this page for regular updates.
July 28, 2017July 29, 2017July 30, 2017July 31, 2017August 1, 2017
8:00-3:45PM
New Student Check in and Validation, Alumni Multiplex
8:30-9:45AM
Continental Breakfast with your FYE Leader, Residence Hall
9:00-9:45AM
Continental Breakfast with your FYE Leader, Residence Hall
9:00-9:45AM
Breakfast, Allen Commons Dining Hall
9:00-9:45AM
Breakfast, Allen Commons Dining Hall
9:00-3:45PM
Residence Hall Move-In
10:00-10:30AM
Introduction to the FYE
10:00-4:00PM
Concurrent Sessions
10:00-4:00PM
Academic Exploration
10:00-1:30PM
Discovering Xenia

12:00-1:00PM
Lunch in Allen Commons Dining Hall, $5.00 per person
11:00-11:30AM
"We Walk on Sacred Ground: A History of Wilberforce"
5:00PM
Dinner in Dining Hall
6:00PM
Student Government Welcome Dinner
Alumni Multiplex
3:00-5:00PM
Men of the Renaissance, Lower Lecture Hall
12:30-3:45PM
Parent and Student Sessions
11:45-12:15PM
Lunch with FYE Leader and RA
8:00-10:00PM
Ultimate Bingo
9:00-11:00PM
Welcome Mixer
Allen Commons
3:00-5:00PM
Women of the Renaissance
4:00PM
Welcome to Wilberforce and Parent Parting Ceremony
12:30-6:30PM
Visit to Cincinnati's Underground Railroad Freedom Center,
12:30-6:30PM

6:00PM
Closing Ceremony
4:45-5:15PM
Farewell Reception,
Alumni Multiplex

7:00-8:00PM
Resident Assistant Meeting, Floor
6:00-8:00PM
New Student Dinner and Meet and Greet
8:30-11:00PM
Movie at Amphitheater
"Get Out"


E-mail wustudentengagement@wilberforce.edu for more information.

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