Prior to placing your orientation reservation, you need to set up your myWSU password and student email account at wichita.edu/newstudent. You will place your orientation reservation through the myWSU student portal. Before you can sign up, you will need to verify that we have the correct academic major on file, as this will determine what program dates are available to you. Please note: Some of the features necessary to placing your orientation reservation in myWSU are not functional in Mozilla Firefox. Please use Internet Explorer to RSVP for orientation.
The only hold that will prevent a new student from registering for an orientation program is a housing hold. Holds for Orientation, Shocker Connection and TB Testing will not bar you from selecting a program. To remove a housing hold, you must have a contract and prepayment OR a housing exemption on file. These can be submitted at wichita.edu/housing/apps.
Orientation at Wichita State is a two-day process and includes meeting with an academic adviser who will help you enroll in your classes. Attendance at the full two-day program is required. Day one is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with optional evening activities. Day two is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
When you place your Orientation reservation, you will have a chance to confirm your intended major. If you have changed your major since you were admitted, you need to call the Office of Admissions at (316) 978-3085 or (800) 362-2594 and update your major. Your intended major will determine your available Orientation program dates and agenda. You may not be able to change your major at Orientation due to advising availability, so it is important we have the correct information. If you are unsure of your major – that’s OK!
All students must complete Basic Skills courses within their first 48 credit hours. Basic Skills courses include classes in math, English and communication. Enrollment in math and English courses is highly recommended, and in some cases required, for your first semester. You will receive detailed information on the classes you will enroll in at your Orientation program.
If you scored lower than 20 on your ACT in the math (lower than 480 in SAT math) or English (lower than 490 in SAT writing) section, you will need to take placement exams in those areas.
Transfer & Returning Adult Orientation is a half-day program specifically for students who are new to WSU but may have some experience and previous coursework at a community college or other four-year institution. Check-in is at 9 a.m. and the program concludes by 1 p.m. Transfer and Returning Adult students do not enroll at orientation. Students will need to set up a separate appointment to get advised and enrolled in classes. See a list of advising centers by college.