First-Year Orientation Activities

Get ready for an action-packed introduction to the best of life at WCU. During your time with us, you’ll learn everything you need to know to launch your college career.

Here are some of the things you’ll experience at the New Student Orientation:

Computer Setups

Bring your laptop with you to Orientation! Our IT Department will configure your computer to our network and add WCU's anti-virus software.  Computer Setups will be available on the second day of Orientation at the Technology Commons.

Don't have a computer yet? IT will be there to discuss purchasing options.

Class Registration

By the time you leave orientation, you’ll have picked classes for your first term at WCU.

Information Fairs

Learn more about campus organizations and local businesses and services through information fairs designed to help you get to know our community.


You’ll get to know counselors, academic advisers, and faculty as you meet to talk about your plans and options at WCU.

Optional Rafting Adventure (First Ascent Rafting)

Want to make a splash at orientation? We offer participants in the two-day sessions a rafting adventure on the nation’s most famous whitewater destination, the Nantahala River, for an additional cost. Unfortunately, the rafting adventure is not available to August orientation students. You may register online at the time you select your orientation date.

Optional First Ascent WILDERNESS or ADVENTURE Trips

If you’re interested in exploring the great outdoors while building lasting friendships, sign up for WCU’s First Ascent Trips. A five-day trip that takes place before the semester begins, you’ll join professional guides and a group of your peers for adventure in the rugged N.C. wilderness.

For more information, visit the Base Camp Cullowhee website or contact Base Camp Cullowhee’s Josh Whitmore at or 828-227-3466.

To Register for First Ascent click HERE

Cat Camp

Interested first-year students can participate in this retreat geared towards assisting their transition to college life. For more information click on Cat Camp!


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