Welcome to The W!

Orientation is a program that will assist you to have a smooth transition as you start your new journey here at The W. Orientation will give you the opportunity to learn more about the University, services offered to students, and academic programs, along with enrolling in classes for the upcoming semester.

During Orientation you will get to meet and get to know your upcoming classmates and engage with currently enrolled W students. You will also get the opportunity to connect with members of the University's faculty and staff.

We look forward to seeing you at Orientation! Welcome to The W family!

man working on laptop in cafe

Getting Started

Welcome to The Long Blue Line! Now that you’ve been admitted, there are a few things to take care of before classes begin. We are here to help every step of the way!

Complete Intent to Enroll Form

Submit Immunization Records

Register for Orientation

Apply for Housing

Complete FAFSA to apply for Financial Aid

Log into Banner & Set up W Email

Get Started

During Freshman Orientation, you will be welcomed into the W by your fellow students, faculty, and staff. This orientation has been designed specifically with your needs in mind and will equip your with information that will help your be successful during your time at the W.
Designed with transfer students in mind, this orientation focuses on easing the transfer process for our students by delivering an orientation experience that better matches your experience as college students. It's a great opportunity to meet other transfer students and explore our campus.
Created to fit around your life, the Online Orientation focuses on services and resources for online students. We'll introduce you to our global community of scholars, discuss tutoring and support services for online students, and help you register for classes
Students on campus

Freshmen Orientation

May 21, 2024
June 11, 2024
July 16, 2024
August 1, 2024

Transfer Orientation

May 22, 2024
June 12, 2024
July 17, 2024
August 1, 2024

Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

I was just admitted to The W. What do I do next?

Once you have been admitted to the university and completed your Intent to Enroll form, you need to submit your immunization records to the Office of Admissions and make sure all official transcripts have been submitted. All new students* must register and complete Orientation. You can register for Orientation by visiting https://www.muw.edu/ssc/orientation/ and selecting “Freshman,” “Transfer,” or “Online” for the whichever session you choose to complete. For more detailed information on next steps, visit https://www.muw.edu/ssc/orientation/getstarted/.

Do I need to come in-person and do online Orientation?

No, you only need to register for one orientation. The information you receive in our online Orientation is exactly the same as you would get at an in-person Orientation session. You must complete Orientation to register for classes.

How long is in-person Orientation?

You should expect to be at in-person Orientation all day, whether you are a freshman or a transfer student. Check in will begin at 8:00 AM and you should be done with advising by 3:00 PM. Students MUST be present for the entire day. Being late or not attending sessions can result in not being able to register for classes at the end of the day.

Where do I go for in-person Orientation?

Your first stop will be in Cochran Hall for check in. Once you have checked in, our wonderful Orientation Leaders will direct both students and guests through their day. Signs will be posted around campus to help you get to Cochran Hall as well!

Find Cochran Hall

I completed online Orientation. When can I get my class schedule?

Once you complete online Orientation, you will either receive a link to schedule an appointment with your Student Success Navigator or be contacted by your Student Success Navigator the following week. This is how you will discuss courses you need to take in the Fall.

I’ve already met with an advisor, why do I need to go to Orientation?

Whether you have met with an advisor or not, Orientation is required for all new students. (Please note: RN-to-BSN students have a separate Orientation. Speak to your advisor in Tupelo for details.) Both online and in-person Orientation connect you to campus by providing important information about The W. You will learn how to find your Student ID Number, navigate the WConnect portal, as well as learn about campus organizations, housing, and meal plans. This is all incredibly important information and will help you be successful during your time as a student at the W!

Can I bring someone with me to Orientation?

Yes! Students are allowed to bring a parent or guest to in person Orientation. Students and guests have separate schedules during the Orientation day. You will not be in the same sessions, but will all learn valuable information about the W! It is not recommended to bring young children to in-person Orientation as child care is not provided.


*RN-to-BSN students ARE NOT required to complete New Student Orientation in Columbus. Please contact your advisor in Tupelo with any questions regarding your Orientation.


Orientation for Parents & Family

Orientation does not stop at just students. We also have a parent/family orientation experience that accompanies most of the students' orientation sessions. We develop programming for parent and family members that are specific to their needs.

Family Orientation