First Year Experience

Congratulations on your choice to become a student at Wilberforce University. You are becoming part of an higher education experience that will set you apart as Wilberforce University is the first black owned HBCU.

As you prepare to transition to becoming a Wilberforce student, please begin to make plans to attend these mandatory events. Students must attend:

Bulldog Day (s): New Student Registration – A mandatory experience where students are introduced to the University leadership, learn more about expectations for students, participate in placement testing, complete housing request, meet with financial aid, make arrangements for payment, and register for classes. Students may choose one of the following dates- June 23, July 14, or July 27. To register for a registration event please visit (INSERT LINK HERE).

New Student Orientation 

 All new students must attend the Orientation Program. Orientation is from July 28-August 1, 2017. Classes begin on August 2, 2017.  During orientation, incoming Bulldogs are greeted by current students, learn more about the resources and tools for success, expectations for being a college student, and meet their fellow classmates. Additionally, students experience their “First Class”, explore with their first year experience transition leader, and map out their future…  The goals of the orientation experience include:

  • Welcome new students to the Wilberforce community
  • Provide incoming students with important information about WU and strategies for their success
  • Introduce of WU academic and social expectations
  • Connect to new students to the WU First Year Experience
  • Create community

During the orientation program we also invite parents/family/friends to participate in the special information sessions designed for them. Students receive detailed orientation information after admission to WU and should check back on this page for regular updates.

Contact: Office of Student Engagement
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Next Orientation Date: June 23, 2017
Day 1    
7:45am - 11:50amRegistration Check-inNew Trent Gymnasium
11:50am - 12pmWelcomeNew Trent Gymnasium
12pm - 12:50pmLunchAggrey Student Union
1pm - 1:30pmMessage From the PresidentNew Trent Gymnasium
1:40pm - 5pmContinue RegistrationNew Trent Gymnasium
2pm - 4pmParent Academy Session 1 (Parents Only)Walls Center
5pm - 7pmParent Academy Session 2 (Parents Only)Walls Center
5pm - 7pmMeet and Greet Dinner (Students Only)Aggrey Student Union
7pm - 9:30pmEvening ActivitiesTBA
Day 2
7:45am - 9amBreakfastAggrey Student Union
9am - 11:30amRegistrationNew Trent Gymnasium
11:30am - 12:30pmLunchAggrey Student Union
1pm - 4pmConcurrent Session- RegistrationNew Trent Gymnasium
All DayMyQuest Screening with Novant HealthEvent Center

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