Orientation Checklist

To help you get started on your transition to Wright State, here is a list of checklist items to complete before the beginning of Fall Semester.

Before Orientation:


Complete your Orientation Date Registration Form  (your first step in registering for classes)

Your Orientation Date Regisitration Form  will provide your advisor with important information as we build your first-semester schedule. The questions that you answered on this form will be shared with your Academic Advisor so they will be prepared for your Advising Appointment.


Check your mailbox and Wright State email account

We will be sending you important information about Orientation and your transition to Wright State University, so be sure to check your mailbox and email regularly. Also, be sure to share this information with your parents and family members as well as they are an important part of your transition.


Apply for financial aid and scholarships

There are many options available to help you pay for college, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. 


Apply for Housing

Approximately 3,000 students call the Wright State campus housing HOME. With three resident hall and on-campus apartment communities to choose from, we've got your housing needs covered.


Learn about Commuter Life

Many of our students choose to drive, bike, or walk from home or off-campus apartments each day. Wright State offers a variety of resources that will help you stay connected to the campus community. Visit the Commuter Student Lounge in the lower level of the Student Union for a relaxing place to study and meet other commuter students. The Commuter Student Lounge offers free lockers, a microwave, refrigerator, and study space that you can utilize while on campus.

Wright State also offers programming designed specifically for our commuting students. These activities include Good Morning Commuters, Good Evening Commuters, and Finals Survival. These programs are held several times each semester and provide an opportunity for commuter students to stay in touch with current campus happenings and get information about various departments and services on campus.

Interested in living in off-campus housing? Student Support Services is here to help. The office maintains a database of roommate listings and off-campus property postings, as well as a handbook that will help guide you through the process of transitioning to off-campus managed properties.

For more information, contact Student Support Services at (937) 775-3749.


Select a First-Year Seminar

Most first-year students enroll in a First-Year Seminar, which is a group of approximately 20 students who share similar interests, major, or classes. The topic based seminar is designed for student success, and shares learning outcomes that will help you learn the ropes fast at WSU.

Select your seminar by theme, and be ready to gain an edge fall term that will serve you well throughout college.

First-Year Seminar learning outcomes:

  • Develop new relationships with students, faculty, and staff
  • Campus involvement
  • Develop group study skills
  • Plan your courses
  • Experience diversity
  • Improve communication skills
  • Campus employment
  • Explore internships and career opportunities
  • Set priorities
  • Promote healthy lifestyle

Learn more about First-Year Seminars.


Register for Summer Orientation

During this mandatory, one-day program, you will meet with academic advisors and faculty, confirm your fall class schedule, and get to know other members of the Class of 2021. Parents and family members are also encouraged to attend this program to take advantage of the special sessions designed specifically for them. Orientation Registration will be available in your Admissions Portal under "Next Steps"  beginning the second week of April.


Take your placement tests

Your placement tests assist you and your academic advisor in determining your proper beginning course in Mathematics, English, and/or Foreign Language (If you are in the College of Liberal Arts). Your Course Registration Questionnaire will provide specific testing instructions based on your ACT or SAT scores.


During Orientation:


Finalize your Fall Semester class schedule

Meet with your advisor during Orientation and finalize your Fall Semester class schedule.


Enroll or waive Student Health Insurance and Student Legal Services

Wright State University offers student health insurance through United Health Care Student Resources for a student’s health care needs. The premium is added to your current account balance if you are registered for at least six (6) credit hours unless you have declined coverage.

We also have a full-service law office on campus that aids students in resolving legal issues. The fee for this service is automatically applied to your student account unless you opt out during the course registration process.


Learn about dining on campus, select a meal plan, and receive your Wright1 Card

Whether you are living on campus or commuting, we have a variety of dining options for you, including meal plans and “flex dollars” that you can use. Your meal plan and flex dollars are loaded on your Wright1 Card (student ID). You will receive your Wright1 Card at orientation.


Explore campus resources

Explore all of the campus resources that you may need before you arrive on campus this fall.


After Orientation


Apply for housing and financial aid (if you haven’t already done so)


Purchase a parking permit

Whether you choose to live on campus or commute, you will need to purchase a parking permit if you plan to bring your car to campus.


Pay your Fall Semester bill

Log on to WINGS Express to view your billing statement, pay your student fees, set up a payment plan, designate a parent/authorized user to view or pay your fees online, and more.


Sign up for Raider Guardian and Wright State Alert

Wright State places the safety and security of our students, employees, and visitors as its highest priority.