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Congratulations on your choice to become a student at Wilberforce University! As you prepare to join the Wilberforce family, this page is designed to provide information to facilitate your transition to becoming a Wilberforce Bulldog.

The First Year Experience at Wilberforce University includes your transition, courses, special gatherings, academic advising, and mentorship. This page is dedicated to providing you with information until your arrival, for Wilberforce University New Student Orientation.

Are you ready to become a Bulldog?

The checklist below should be completed before you arrive for New Student Orientation. Contact the Office of Admission ( for more information.

Your First Year at Wilberforce University:

July 7, 2020 Summer Orientation and Advising Registration 

New Date will be Announced after July 1, 2020 – New Student Orientation begins with the Validation Process:

  • The Validation Process is from 9:00-5:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to complete your final financial aid needs, course placement, payments, and form submission.
  • 9:30-5:00 p.m.- Move-In to Residence Halls. Students must complete the validation process in order to move into the residence halls. We recommend students complete the process before they arrive, or make other housing arrangements until cleared move in.
  • 3:00 p.m. – Official Welcome Reception with President Elfred Anthony Pinkard
  • 2:30-5:00 p.m.- Parent/Family Orientation
  • 5:00 p.m. – Farewell Ceremony and Parent/Family and Friends Reception
  • 6:00 p.m.- Welcome to the Neighborhood: Dinner with Student Life: Learn about Expectations for Living and Learning in the Community

New Student Orientation Begins!

Anticipating Your Arrival 
From now until your arrival, you should begin preparing for your arrival by ensuring all forms and reservations have been submitted and completed. Students who have completed all forms and are cleared will be WU FastTracked and will only have to check-in at Admission and Office of the Registrar. Students who do not complete forms or are not cleared must participate in the on-site Validation process from 9-3 p.m. All incoming students are required to submit or complete the following before you arrive:

Preparing for your Arrival 
Completing forms and submitting reservations is a part of preparing to become a Bulldog, but there is so much more… During the next few weeks please explore this page regularly to prepare for your first year at the WU. Items will be uploaded daily to provide you with new information!

Exploring Academic and Campus Life
Academic Life is the most important experience you will have at Wilberforce University. To be successful you must transition to becoming a college student. Successful College Students adhere to deadlines, plan for success, manage their behavior, and ask for assistance to be successful. As you begin your journey to becoming a Wilberforce University College Student, check out these resources!


Validation and Check-in, Location: ALUMNI MULTIPLEXStudents must be cleared by admission, financial aid, bursar, and housing before they can enroll and move into their housing assignment.  
3:00PMOfficial University WelcomeAll new students and families must attend this opening program.
4:00PMParent and Family OrientationParents/Family learn how to navigate Wilberforce University to support their student's success.
5:00PMWelcome to the Neighborhood
6:30-7:30PMResidence Life Meetings
Mandatory New Student Orientation Begins!All new students must participate in New Student Orientation.



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