The W Experience

Your First Year at The W

The W Experience is a component of the Student Success Center committed to supporting the social and academic transition of every new student at the W. The first year of a student at The W is critical in determining their success here. The W Experience helps new students with this transition through work on time management, study skills, access to student resources, social activities, and cross cultural interaction that are unique to The W.

New Student Orientation

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.


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Students in a classroom

UN 101

UN 101: Introduction to College Life is a series of freshman seminars focusing on a variety of topics: professor-student relationships, the development of critical thinking and study skills, strategies to improve academic survival, time management, stress management, and assertiveness. All first time Freshman students are required to take UN 101: Introduction to College Life.

Community Read

The Community Read at The W draws on our rich literary heritage and builds on The W's tradition of excellence in teaching to: Develop intellectual community among students, staff, faculty, and members of the community outside the traditional classroom; Foster intellectual curiosity, inquiry, and responsibility among all groups; Deepen understanding of issues raised in significant books, and Provide opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and the community at large to engage socially in meaningful ways.

Community Read

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Meet Your Navigators

The Student Success Navigators are here to help guide you through your education and keep you on track to earn your degree.
College of Nursing & Health Sciences
School of Education
College of Business & Professional Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
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Additional Resources
Students at The W have a free access to TutorMe, an online education platform which provides on-demand tutoring from thousands of tutors in hundreds of subjects.
Peer Mentors provide guidance to fellow students in subjects where some students need additional help. Peer Mentors hold office hours throughout the week in the library and on Zoom.
The W Writing Center tutors and interns are dedicated to helping improve the writing skills of all those in The W writing community. When struggling to write a paper, please feel free to turn to our tutors and interns for help.
Find important dates for the school year all in one place.
The W is a place for everyone and welcomes students with disabilities. Work with the Student Success Center to find the accommodations you need for your education.
Order your textbooks from the campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
If the goal of your degree is to find a career in your chosen field, then The W's Career Services can help. Learn more about turning your major into a career, improving your resume, and tips for the job search process.
Search digital databases and view online resources to help you with your academic research.
Have a question about transferring credits, withdrawing from a class, or what you need to graduate? This is the place for you.
Gaining a global perspective of the world around you is an important part of your education.
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) provides opportunities for students to participate in projects, conferences, publications, and internships that focus on conducting research and creative exploration.
Need help finding your way around campus? The campus map can help guide you to where you need to go!