New Student Orientation

Pre-Orientation Checklist

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During your on-campus orientation session, you will learn more about what is expected of you as a Wright State student. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Raiders, explore your academic department, discover campus life opportunities, and learn about campus and academic support services. 

To register for your orientation session, log in to the Admissions Portal and select Orientation Registration under Next Steps.

To help you get the most out of your orientation experience, here is a checklist of items you should complete or review before attending your on-campus orientation session.


Check Your Wright State Email Often

We will be sending you important information about orientation and next steps you need to complete. 


Complete Your Orientation Preparation Course

One week before your scheduled orientation session, you will receive an email with information on how to access your orientation preparation course in Pilot, the learning-management system you will use in many of your Wright State courses. This course takes approximately one hour to complete and provides you with important information about Wright State and prepares you for your on-campus orientation session.

To access your orientation preparation course:

  1. Log into Pilot using your campus username (e.g., w000abc) and password. You must use Chrome or Firefox to access Pilot.
  2. Select Summer 2022 under My Courses
  3. Select Orientation Preparation

If you are not sure of your campus username or password:

  1. Log into your Admissions Portal using the email address and password you used when applying to Wright State
  2. Select Access Your Student Portal
  3. Select Display your Wright State Account Info to recover your campus account information or follow the steps listed on that page to set up your campus accounts

If you need to reset your campus password, follow the instructions found on the Wright State University Accounts and Passwords page.


Review Your Financial Aid and Scholarships Options

Learn about the financial options available to help you pay for college, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.


Apply for Housing

It's not too late to apply for on-campus housing. You will learn about your housing options during orientation. 


Learn About Commuter Life

Many of our students drive, bike, or walk from home or off-campus apartments each day. We offer a variety of resources that will help you stay connected to the campus community. The Commuter Student Lounge in the lower level of the Student Union provides access to free lockers, a microwave, refrigerator, and study space that you can use while on campus.

We also offer activities and events for commuters that help you stay in touch with current campus happenings and provide you with information about various departments and campus services. 

You will learn more about commuter resources during orientation.


Take Your Placement Assessments

Wright State University considers multiple factors in the math and writing placement process. The highest of any of the following criteria will be used to determine your Math Placement Level and Writing Placement Level.

  • Math: the Math Department will use criteria such as grades in specific high school math courses, high school GPA, ACT or SAT scores, transfer credit, or the ALEKS Math Placement test score to determine your Math Placement Level, which will then influence the specific math course you should take in your first semester. Your intended major determines the math course(s) you need.
  • English: the English Department will use criteria such as high school GPA, ACT or SAT scores, transfer credit, or the Wright State University writing placement assessment score to determine your Writing Placement Level, which will then influence the specific English course you should take in your first semester. 

To have the opportunity to place into a higher-level math and/or writing courses, you can take the ALEKS Math Placement test or the Wright State University Writing Placement assessment right from home.

Submit any updated ACT or SAT scores or college transcripts showing course credit. You can see your current ACT or SAT scores on file in the Admissions Portal.