Orientation / Pacer Camp

Pacer Camp. We can’t promise s’mores, but there will be other happy surprises.

Pacer Camp is a productive and informative two-day, overnight orientation program that’s required for all incoming first-year students – and best of all, it’s fun! The days will be jam-packed with information and activities, some of which include Campus Life Orientation, Academic Advising, Peace Community Resource Fair, exploring downtown Raleigh and a movie on the lawn. 

A group of upper-class student volunteers will act as your Orientation Leaders (OLs). At Pacer Camp, OLs will help facilitate community building activities, answer most of your questions about WPU and help you figure out the best ways to become involved in the WPU community.

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Pacer Camp Logistics 
Timing

Once you have submitted your enrollment deposit to the Admissions Office, you will receive your WPU email login information; a link to Pacer Camp’s online registration will be emailed to your new WPU email address.

Safety First

Not only do we want you to have fun at Pacer Camp, but we want you to be safe too. That’s why we require a Health Risk Assessment and Emergency Contact Form to be completed and filled out. This form will be emailed to your student. Please bring it with you to your session. A University representative will be on hand to collect it.

For parents and families

We have compiled a list of area hotels, as well as a parents page, to help facilitate your planning.

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“My daughter loves, loves, loves WPU! Welcome new families!”

Karen Austin Thomas, Pacer Parent

What Should I Bring to Pacer Camp?

To ensure a comfortable and fun stay at WPU, you’ll need to bring a few items for Pacer Camp. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Twin bed sheets & blanket
  • Pillow & pillowcase
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Comfortable clothing (for two days)
  • Pajamas
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Sandals or Flip Flops
  • WPU t-shirt
  • Awesomeness – Bring your awesomeness