Congratulations on your choice to become a student at Wilberforce University! As you prepare to join the Wilberforce family, please use the information on this page to facilitate your transition. Attending Wilberforce University will be a life-changing experience!

The First Year Experience
All incoming (freshman and transfer) students must participate in the Wilberforce University First Year Experience. This experience is a collaborative effort between academic affairs and student engagement, that begins during the summer with various communications and events. Throughout your first academic year at Wilberforce, you will have the opportunity to participate in summer registration, common courses, the First Year Seminar, living communities, WU First Year Experience Leader Program and more.

Being a Bulldog- What is Next?
You’ve completed your application for admission, you have been accepted, you are confirmed, you have deposited (or made arrangements for your deposit), you are at Wilberforce, now it is time to participate in the WU Validation Process, Transition and Orientation Program.

Residence Halls will open for Spring New Students on January 2, 2019 (students must be registered and validated prior to moving into the residence halls)! The Validation Process consists of completion of financial aid, course placement, payment, health form submission, etc.). Offices will be open for Validation on January 2, 2019, from 9-6pm. Please try and complete as much of the process prior to your arrival. Students should start at the check-in site at Wolfe Administration Building, before coming to the residence hall.

Spring 2019 New Student Validation and Orientation Experience
January 2, 2019-  Validation Process (Check-in, Registration, Residence Hall Move-in, Financial Aid, Payment)
January 3, 2019- Mandatory for all new and transfer students (9-6pm)

First Day of Classes is January 4, 2019!

DEADLINE FOR SPRING Student Confirmation December 15, 2019. Students who fail to complete their matriculation requirements will be asked to join us in the fall 2019 semester. 

Mandatory Matriculation Documents Due by Dec. 15, 2018:
Official Transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admission. Transfer students may submit their unofficial current transcript for placement review but must submit their official transcripts from high school and other colleges/universities they have attended by this deadline.

Housing forms were due by December 1, however, an extension has been provided until December 15, 2018. Please submit your housing contract electronically via http://www.wilberforce.edu/residence-life-housing-contract/. Housing is assigned on a first come first serve basis. Students who are in need of housing may be placed in our housing off-sites. 

Health Forms
Please complete your health forms and return immediately via e-mail (wufye@wilberforce.edu) or to the Office of Admissions. You must have your forms submitted prior to moving into the residence halls and non-resident students by the start of class. You can obtain health forms via this page, by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – Health Forms for Incoming Students.

Purchasing Books
All students are expected to have course materials (books) for each class. Students can access expected class materials from their course syllabus. Some students are eligible for a book voucher and may use this voucher at our virtual bookstore. Students with book vouchers have received an e-mail from the Office of the Bursar with your special code. We find that students on average do significantly better if they have and use the required texts. After you register for classes, please make arrangements to purchase books, and then to pick them up in the “Campus Book Pick Up Station” next to the Office for Academic Affairs as soon as you are notified they are available. Books can be purchased via the Akademos Virtual Bookstore
https://wilberforce.textbookx.com/institutional/index.php. If you are purchasing books without the voucher, students find such booksellers as AMAZON and Barnes and Nobles very helpful and reasonably priced.

ID Cards, Email Access, and SSB/Canvas Portal
Students will be issued ID Cards and Email Access during validation and orientation. Issues with email or ID Cards can be rectified by e-mailing ITHelpdesk@wilberforce.edu or calling 937-708-5712. After you receive your e-mail username and password, please visit www.wilberforce.edu and click on the tab located at the top of the screen titled “Student/Faculty Email”. Once at the portal, you will be prompted to enter your username and password. During orientation, you will also learn how to use your SSB/Canvas Portal. This will be very important as you interface with your coursework, registration, and access your grades.

Student Success
The transition from high school, community college, or other institutions involves you embracing various practices that college students across the country utilize to be successful. Students who use scheduling calendars, attend classes regularly (Wilberforce Faculty expect students to attend classes), ask for help, attend office hours, use tutorial services located in the Center for Academic Support and Student Success, and participate in out of classroom learning opportunities, are the most successful. We are here to support your success and want you to be the very best person you can become!

Communication Timeline 
During the month of December, our newest members of the campus community will receive email communication providing information about their transition to Wilberforce University. These emails are an opportunity to learn more about transitioning to the university, and steps along the way. Below is an example of this communication timeline.

Welcome
Deadlines and Preparation
Details about the Validation Process and Academic Expectations
Housing Deadlines and Preparation
Final Preparation- We will see you soon!

FYE Mentor Program
First Year Experience Leaders are an important of the FYE program. These leaders are assigned to members of the Class of 2022 and meet officially during New Student Orientation. FYE leaders will continue to create and grow their cohort based upon the residential experience. Students in the FYE program (all first years) will experience a year-long set of engagement activities that support their personal, intellectual, and academic growth. If you need more information about WU FYE  please contact Dr. Tashia Bradley at tbradley@wilberforce.edu.  Students can learn more about the program and events through the WU FYE APP, which can be downloaded on their mobile devices or by checking their FYE calendar regularly during the academic year. 

Tentative Schedule
January 2-
12Noon – Welcome Pizza Party for Students, Family, and Friends

January 3
9:00AM Opening Program- Welcome to WUkanda with President Elfred A. Pinkard
10:00AM-6:00PM- Orientation Program to be Announced

January 4 Friday- Classes Begin

E-mail wufye@wilberforce.edu for more information.

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