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 New Students on July 27 and 28, 2018 (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 Friday from 9-6pm and Saturday from 9-12NOON. Please try and complete as much of the process prior to your arrival. Students should start at the check in site (more details to follow), before coming to the residence hall.

Fall 2018 New Student Validation and Orientation Experience
July 27/28, 2018  Validation Process (Check in, Registration, Financial Aid, Payment)
July 28 – August 1, 2018 Mandatory for all new and transfer students (July 28- Orientation Begins Promptly at 1:00PM)

First Day of Classes is August 1, 2018!

Helpful Tips:
Health Forms
Please complete your health forms and return immediately via e-mail ( 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 If you are purchasing books without the voucher, students find such book sellers 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 or calling 937-708-5712. After you receive your e-mail username and password, please visit 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 Advising 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!

Class of 2022-Communication Timeline 
During the month of June and July, our newest members of the campus- Class of 2022- 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 to Class of 2022
President’s Welcome
Details about Summer Registration June 15-30, 2018 and Academic Expectations
Housing Deadlines and Preparation
Student to Student Outreach
Housing Placements
Announcement of Orientation Schedule
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  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
July 28 Saturday-
12Noon  Welcome Cookout for Students, Family, and Friends
1:00PM Opening Program- Welcome to WUkanda with President Elfred A. Pinkard
2:00PM Academic Life at Wilberforce
3:00PM Financing Your Wilberforce Experience
4:00PM Campus Life Panel Presentation
5:00PM Parent Farewell Program and President’s Reception
7:00PM First Year Experience Transition Leaders and Community Assistants Talent Show
9:00PM Film Showing Black Panther on the Lawn

July 29 Sunday-
9-1:00PM Concurrent Events
1-3:00PM Sunday Inspiration
3:00PM Off-Campus Exercusion

July 30 Monday-
9-3:00PM Concurrent Sessions
3:00PM The WUkanda Way Part II (with FYE Leaders)
4:00PM WUkanda Games on the Lawn
6:00PM Student Leadership and Ettiquette Dinner (hosted by campus student leaders from SGA, NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council), Community Assistants,Royal Court,Campus Activity Board)
8:00PM Residence Hall Meetings
9:00PM On-Campus Activity

July 31 Tuesday-
9-12Noon Concurrent Sessions on Community Standards
1-4:00PM WUkanda and Beyond: An Afternoon of Service
4:30PM Final FYE Meeting
6:30PM Closing Program and Class Photo
7:30PM Campus Mixer and BBQ

August 1 Wednesday- Classes Begin

E-mail for more information.

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