What Happens at New Student Orientation?

By Leslie Park
Director, Student Success Center

Sept. 26, 2017

In 2015, New Student Orientation at Weber State became mandatory for all incoming students, helping ensure that they begin their academic journey as effectively and efficiently as possible.


How do students attend an orientation?

To make orientation as accessible as possible, it is offered both online and in person. Students learn about the need to complete orientation soon after they are admitted and are encouraged to sign up online at http://www.weber.edu/orientation.

What do students learn about?

Orientation covers topics such as academic advisement and first-semester course scheduling, health and safety information, and resources and engagement opportunities. Breakout sessions are specifically geared toward recent high school graduates, non-traditional students, early-college students and transfer students

The following chart shows in more detail the topics covered during each portion of orientation:

In Person

Weber Welcome

Thank you
Mission statement
Service, majors, clubs opportunities
Video of student Olympian
Focus on graduation
eWeber portal (inc. registration, mail, parking, tuition/fees, finaid/scholarship apps)
Paying tuition
Dropping classes
Student code
Code Purple

New Freshmen Breakout (student chooses one)

College vs. high school
Programs, clubs, activities

Non-Traditional Breakout  (student chooses one)

Paying for school
Tutoring services
Non-traditional student center

Transfer Breakout (student chooses one)

Transfer Guide
Academic advisors
Paying tuition options
Campus resources

Guide to Campus Survival (tour with ambassadors)

Buildings on campus & other campus locations
Activities on campus
Getting your Wildcard and advantages of a Wildcard
Clubs & organizations, student services
Housing & meal plans

Get to Know Your Degree (with college advisors)

WSU Catalog and importance of catalog year
General education requirements, including math/English placement
Major/minor information and requirements
CatTracks as a tool to supplement academic advising
First semester course suggestions

Registration Help (advisors on hand)

Registering for appropriate classes
How to register, drop, waitlist (ambassadors can walk students through this)


Weber Welcome

Focus on graduation
Thank you
History of WSU
WSU campuses & class options (evening, online)
Mission Statement
Video of student Olympian
Student code
Code Purple

Campus Definitions

eWeber portal
Setting up portal
Personal info
Academic record
WSU Online
UTA ed pass
Code Purple

Campus Connections

Student ID card

Next Steps

Register for classes
Meet with advisor
Pay for books/tuition/parking pass
Get ID card
Get involved

Academic Advising

Basic info
Calendar/deadlines/dropping classes
Grade types

How to Register for Classes

Types of classes (online, trad, hybrid)
View registration appointment
Possible registration errors


What information is available for parent and family members?

This year, a parent and family member track was added to run concurrently with each orientation, providing information to help them support their student. For parents and families that can’t make it in person, an online version is available in both English and Spanish: https://www.weber.edu/orientation/parents_and_family.html.

The in-person parent and family orientation is a collaboration between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. Topics include:

  • Parent welcome (member of Presidents Council)
  • Student panel (at least three student ambassadors)
  • WSU Academics (Student Success Center advisor)
  • Campus Safety (WSU Police)
  • Student Affairs/Involvement Opportunities (Student Affairs leadership)
  • Housing and Food Services (Housing and Sodexo Representative)
  • Campus Tour (student ambassadors)
  • Health and Wellness (Counseling & Psychological Services representatives)
  • Resource Fair (Student Affairs personnel set up tables in the SUB Atrium to answer questions from new students as well as parents and family members.)

What’s coming next?

As a result of the Strategic Enrollment Process, New Student Orientation is being updated. Information about retention initiatives such as comprehensive advising and Starfish will be added to let students know how to best leverage these resources. Information about the purpose of general education and the new general education learning outcomes will also be incorporated.

Want to know more?

All staff and faculty are invited to attend an in-person orientation. For more information, please contact Margarita Vara, Assistant Director, Student Success Center at margaritavara@weber.edu.

Do you have questions or comments about this article? Please contact Leslie Park at lesliepark@weber.edu.