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, WU First Year Experience Leader Program and more.

Being a Bulldog- What is Next?
You’ve completed your application for admission, you have been accepted, you are confirmed, you are at Wilberforce, now it is time to participate in the WU First Year Experience Residential and Community Activities…

Residence Halls Open for New Students January 2, 2018 (students must be registered and validated prior to moving into the residence halls)!

Spring 2018 New Student Orientation
January 3, 2018 from 9-8PM, Aerobics Room (Mandatory for all new and transfer students)

Helpful Tips:
Health Forms
Please complete your health forms and return immediately via e-mail ( or on January 2 to the Office of Student Engagement and Success. You must have your forms submitted prior to moving into the residence halls and non-resident students by the start of classes on January 4, 2018. You can obtain health forms via the WU First Year Experience website (click on the link on the right hand side – Health Forms for Incoming Students).

Purchasing Books
All students are expected to have course materials (books) for each class. Students can access expected class materials from their course syllabus. Some students are eligible for a book voucher and may use this voucher at our virtual bookstore. Students with book vouchers have received an e-mail from the Office of the Bursar with your special code. We find that students on average do significantly better if they have and use the required texts. After you register for classes, please make arrangements to purchase books, and then to pick them up in the “Campus Book Pick Up Station” next to the Provost Office as soon as you are notified they are available. Books can be purchased via the Akademos Virtual Bookstore If you are purchasing books without the voucher, students find such book sellers as AMAZON and Barnes and Nobles very helpful and reasonably priced.

ID Cards, Email Access, and SSB/Canvas Portal
Students will be issued ID Cards and Email Access during your orientation. Issues with email or ID Cards can be rectified by e-mailing or calling 937-708-5712. After you receive your e-mail username and password, please visit and click on the tab located at the top of the screen titled “Student/Faculty Email”. Once at the portal, you will be prompted to enter your username and password. During orientation you will also learn how to use your SSB/Canvas Portal. This will be very important as you interface with your coursework, registration, and access your grades.

Student Success
The transition from high school, community college, or other institutions involves you embracing various practices that college students across the country utilize to be successful. Students who use scheduling calendars, attend classes regularly (Wilberforce Faculty expect students to attend classes), ask for help, attend office hours, use tutorial services located in the Center for Academic Advising and Student Success, and participate in out of classroom learning opportunities, are the most successful. We are here to support your success and want you to be the very best person you can become!

Class of 2022
Check Back beginning May 2018! This page will have all the information you need to transition, such as registration information, special messages, summer S.O.A.R. schedules, and much more to ensure your transition to Wilberforce University.

FYE Mentor Program
First Year Experience Leaders are an important of the FYE program. These leaders are assigned during New Student Orientation, and will continue to create and grow their cohort based upon the residential experience. Students in the FYE program (all first years) will experience a year-long set of engagement activities that support their personal, intellectual, and academic growth. If you need more information about WU FYE  please contact Dr. Tashia Bradley  Students can learn more about the program and events through the WU FYE APP, which can be downloaded on their mobile devices or by checking the FYE calendar regularly. 

Welcome and Introductions   
5:30-6:30PM Reception and Special PresentationThis is a special presentation. Please wear business professional attire. Preferably a white dress shirt and black bottoms.
9:15AM The Wilberforce Renaissance
9:45AM The WU Way: Academic Excellence
10:30-11:20AMMy First Class Experience
11:30-11:50AMA Glimpse into your Future: CO-OP/Career Services
11:50-12:10PMSuccess is at your Fingertips: Success Resources
12:30-1:30PMLunch with Campus Financial Support Resources
1:30PMOpportunity: Campus Engagement and Community Standards
3:30PMFYE Transition Leaders: Student to Student
4:30PMEnvisioning Your Success

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