We understand that transitioning to life on a college campus -- either for the first time or for a return trip -- can be challenging. Questions? Below you may find answers to our frequently asked questions. If the answer to your question doesn't appear here, head over to OneStop for more information.
Freshman Student Orientation: $75 covers two meals, program materials, Shocker giveaways.
Freshman Guest Orientation: $30 covers two meals and program materials.
Freshman Extended Orientation: $100 covers three meals, program materials, evening social activities, overnight accommodations and Shocker giveaways.
Freshman Guest Extended Orientation: $40 covers two meals, program materials and an off-campus "Explore Wichita" activity.
Transfer Orientation: $50 covers academic reception, program materials and Shocker giveaways.
Transfer Guest Orientation: $20 covers academic reception and program materials.
Transfer/Adult Learner Orientation: $50 covers academic reception, program materials and Shocker giveaways.
Transfer/Adult Learner Guest Orientation: $20 covers academic reception and program materials.
Spring Orientation: $50 covers academic reception, program materials and Shocker giveaways.
Spring Orientation: $20 covers academic reception and program materials.
Please note: Orientation fees cover the cost of the meals, student overnight accommodations (if attending an overnight program), the materials and activities provided during the program.
Freshmen attending an overnight program are provided with linens, blanket, and pillow. Please bring any additional toiletry and personal items for your stay. Staff will be available to assist you during your stay.
*If a freshman student is not participating in an overnight orientation program overnight stay is not required.
Transfer / Adult Learners are welcome to come stay on campus for your program. Want to arrive the night before or stay an extra day? No problem! We want you to be comfortable as you begin the transition to becoming a Shocker. Request orientation housing today at wichita.edu/housingorientation.
Please note: Overnight accommodations are only available for students. Unless the student will be a resident in the fall semester (starting in August), these arrangements are not provided for the last program date, Aug. 16-17. All reservations should be completed one week prior to your orientation program.
Parents and guests will need to make off-campus overnight arrangements. Visit wichita.edu/hotels to explore nearby hotels in Wichita.
You will receive a confirmation email to confirm your date and time with additional program information. However, prior to enrolling for classes there are additional steps you will need to complete.
First-Year Experience Questions
Students with, and without, documented disabilities can contact the Office of Disability Services for more information on accommodations and other appropriate resources.
Students who are unsure of what to major in can enroll in classes at WSU as a general "LAS undecided" major. The Career Development Center helps students choose a major that’s right for them.
If you have not signed up for classes yet, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to change your major. Students who have already enrolled in classes can change their major by logging into their myWSU > Home tab > Student Tools > Change My Major / Minor.
While there is no set amount of classes you are required to take your first year, it is important to keep in mind how your enrollment will affect financial aid. 12 credit hours is considered full-time enrollment and all students are required to complete approximately 124 hours to graduate.
If you plan to graduate in four years, you need to "think 30." By enrolling in 30 credit hours, or 10 classes on average, throughout each academic year (fall, spring, summer and / or short-term classes), you are more likely to graduate in a timely manner.
Freshmen: after completing your RSVP for orientation, your first semester’s schedule will be built by a first-year advisor. You will be notified to confirm your schedule through your myWSU student portal. If you have questions, or would like to make changes, you can contact OneStop anytime.
Transfer / Adult Learners: after signing up for orientation, you will need to contact your advising center to schedule an appointment with an advisor. Schedules can be made prior to or following attending your orientation program.
What if I took college credit in high school or was previously enrolled at another institution? How will I know what credits transfer? Be sure to have all transcripts from high school and previous institutions sent to the Office of Admissions in order to receive credit for those courses. You can check how courses transfer into WSU.
Freshmen: Your first-year advisor will build your schedule to accommodate these credits. Any changes you need to make to your schedule can be done by contacting the OneStop office.
Transfer / Adult Learners: When you meet with your advisor they will be able to advise you on what courses to take based on the credit you have already fulfilled.
Students can view their schedule by logging into their myWSU > myClasses tab > View My Schedule > Week at a Glance.
Be sure to have all transcripts from high school and previous institutions sent to the Office of Admissions in order to receive credit for those courses. You can check how courses transfer into WSU. When you meet with your advisor they will be able to advise on what courses to take based on the credit you have already fulfilled.
2-3 hours per credit hour. Going to college is like a full-time job. If you are taking 12 credit hours, you should be studying between 24-36 hours a week in addition to being in class for 12 hours, a total of 36-48 hours.
Private tutoring, subject specific tutoring centers, and supplimental instruction are just some of the resources available for students. Visit wichita.edu/tutoring to learn more about our academic success programs through the Office of Student Success.
Textbooks can be found in student's myWSU account. Under the "myClasses" tab there is a box called "myTextbooks" in the bottom right corner. Enter the semester and course registation number (CRN) for your classes and a list of the textbooks for your courses will appear.
The Career Development Center has lots of information about on-campus and part-time jobs for WSU students.
Shocker Dollars can be added to your WSU Shocker Card, so it can be used like a debit card at all WSU Dining Services locations. You can add money to your card online or stop by the Dining Services office located in 235 Rhatigan Student Center.
» Add Shocker Dollars to your card online
Students can expect to receive their first bill two weeks before classes begin. Notifications will be sent to your WSU email address when the electronic bill is posted to your myWSU. Bills must be paid in full by the end of the first week of classes unless you have previously set up a payment plan. Visit Accounts Receivable for more information on payment plans and how to pay your tuition bill.
Your free student athletic event ticket pick-up dates are usually scheduled one week before the game. Tickets can be picked up at the University Bookstore, the Heskett Center or at the box office in Koch Arena. Check goshockers.com for the most up-to-date information.
If the answer to your question doesn't appear here, head over to OneStop for more information.