We're excited to welcome you to Shocker Nation! We're still hosting orientation through
online modules, Virtual College Connection sessions, and in-person New Student Kick-Off
Days. Please sign up for New Shocker Orientation below.
WSU requires undergraduate Orientation for domestic incoming freshmen, transfer students and returning or transferring adult learners. New Shocker Orientation is the last step of your transition into a full-fledged
member of Shocker Nation and one that's directly connected to student success.
At Orientation, Transition Mentors will connect you to important people and resources,
help answer any questions you may still have about enrollment, introduce you to campus
life and help prepare you for your first day of classes. We'll also have lots of fun!
New Shocker Orientation is for incoming freshmen, undergraduate transfers and adult
learners. For new freshmen, placing your Orientation reservation begins your process
for class enrollment. All new students are required to complete the Online Orientation
modules and either a Virtual College Connection program or in-person New Student Kick-Off
To maximize your Orientation experience, you'll want to enroll in classes prior to
your Orientation date. All new students enroll with the help of an academic advisor
the first semester. Your class schedule will be finalized when you meet with your
Incoming freshmen will confirm their schedule with their First-Year Advisor in OneStop. Upon receiving your RSVP for Orientation, your First-Year Advisor from OneStop will
pre-schedule your entire first semester of classes.
Transfer and adult learner students will schedule a meeting with their college advisor. When you call to set
up your appointment, let your advisor know you're a new student and need to schedule
a "Shocker Connection" advising appointment. You will meet one-on-one with an advisor
in the college which houses your intended major. If you are unsure where you major
is housed, consult this list of majors.
New students will complete part of their New Shocker Orientation requirement through
online modules and the other part by attending either a Virtual College Connection
session or in-person New Student Kick-Off Days event (or both!). Place your Orientation
reservation to begin your new student transition process. Once you've completed the
RSVP, you'll have access to complete the Online Orientation Modules.
Virtual College Connection sessions and in-person New Student Kick-Off Days are designed
to welcome and transition students to Wichita State and complement the Online Orientation
modules. Students must attend one of these programs to complete their Orientation requirement, although students are
welcome to attend both types of programs. These events will provide additional interaction
with staff and campus resources through live stream and in-person events. For those
who choose the virtual programs, a Zoom link will be emailed to your Shocker student
email account prior to the program date.
Orientation is required and will be completed through online modules at your own pace,
so no agenda is set. Additionally new students are required to attend a virtual or
in-person event throughout the summer to assist with your transition to Shocker Nation!
Examples of agendas are below. Additional information will be provided closer to the
Virtual College Connection sessions and In-Person New Student Kick-Off Days events
will provide interaction with staff and campus resources through live stream and in-person
Virtual College Connection
10 a.m. — Welcome to Shocker Nation! In this session you will learn quick highlights about campus that will assist you
with your transition as a new student.
11 a.m. — College Connection Sessions Meet with your first-year advisor (incoming freshmen) or college advisor (transfers
/ adult learners), and student mentor from your college.
In-Person New Student Kick-Off Days
10 a.m. Check-in and event help desk, Rhatigan Student Center
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interact with staff, explore campus resources and choose from a variety of activities
to explore campus resources in person, including:
Shocker Card student ID center open
walking tours of campus and housing
welcome tables, including Counseling and Prevention Services, Student Health Services,
First-Gen Coordinating Council, Student Success, Steve Clark YMCA, TRIO McNair Scholars,
Student Affairs, Meritrust Banking
student services open houses, including Ablah Library, Adult Learning, Campus Recreation,
Diversity and Inclusion TRIO Support Services, Shocker Career Accelerator (career
development and internships)
advising and college departments, including OneStop lab (advising, accounts, myWSU,
Blackboard, schedules, transcript assistance), engineering, fine arts, health professions,
liberal arts and sciences
computer labs available to complete online orientation modules
Parent workshops, lounge and hospitality room
Student Involvement carnival
Rhatigan Student Center (RSC) scavenger hunt
Free bowling and billiards in the Shocker Sports Grill and Lanes