First Year Orientation

We invite you to come be a part of our learning and living community.

First Year Orientation is an exciting, productive and meaningful one-and-a-half day overnight experience specifically for our incoming first-year Pacers. This program is mandatory for those beginning in fall 2020.

The program is jam-packed with information and activities, including registering for classes, learning about financial aid and scholarships, skits and presentations about student involvement and important campus services, and so much more.

In the evening, you will experience your first Pacers After Dark. Pacers After Dark is a signature program from the Campus Activities Board hosted throughout the year complete with free food, games, entertainment and more.

During First Year Orientation, you will meet our Orientation Leaders! Our Orientation Leaders are hand-selected to help you be successful at WPU. They are upper-class student leaders who can help you navigate your time at WPU for the entire four years and can answer pretty much any question you ask.

Orientation Dates
  • June 19 – 20, 2020 and June 26 – 27, 2020

Check the sights + sounds as Orientation Leaders (OLs) at WPU welcome new students to campus.

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What Should I Bring to Orientation?

To ensure a comfortable and fun stay at WPU, you’ll need to bring a few items for orientation.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Twin XL bed sheets & blanket or sleeping bag (regular twin sheets will not fit)
  • Pillow(s) & pillowcase(s)
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Comfortable clothing (for two days)
  • Pajamas or sleep clothes
  • Comfortable shoes for walking around campus
  • Flip Flops or shower shoes
  • WPU t-shirt
  • A jacket or sweater (some rooms may be cold)
  • Awesomeness – Bring your awesomeness

Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions section below for more information!

Go behind the scenes with Orientation Leaders (OLs) at WPU while they welcome new students to campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Overall Program & Logistics
    1. What is First Year Orientation (FYO)?
    • First Year Orientation is your official orientation welcome to William Peace University. During this program, you will
      meet many fellow new Pacers, register for classes, learn about on-campus housing and other vital resources, learn
      how to get involved on-campus, discuss financial aid and scholarship options and meet your Orientation Leader!
    2. I need to register for Pacer Camp but do not see that information anywhere.
    • Pacer Camp is now called First Year Orientation, as our program has changed. Same great event but even better!
    3. When are the orientation dates? How long is the program?
    • There are two sessions for First Year Orientation – June 19 – 20 and June 26 – 27, 2020. The program is one and half
      days. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. on the first day and will conclude around 1:30 p.m. on the second day.
    4. Is this program mandatory? Do I have to stay for the entire program?
    • Yes, you are required to attend this program as a new student at William Peace University. It is very important that
      you are there so you receive all the information you need regarding your classes, housing and campus departments
      and services. Yes, you are required to stay the entire the program. You are not permitted to leave early.
    5. I am an athlete. Is there a different orientation for me?
    • All new Pacers who plan to play in Pacer Athletics MUST attend First Year Orientation. There may be some specific
      sessions during the program geared towards you, however you are required to attend the entire program as directed
      alongside all new Pacers. When you return in the fall, there are some specific athlete programs to help you acclimate
      as well. Details about those will be provided by Pacer Athletics.
    6. Do I have to stay overnight for the program? Where will I stay? Will I have roommates?
    • Yes, you are required to stay in the provided overnight accommodations for the program. You will be staying in one of
      our first year residence halls (Ross, Davidson or Frazier). You will have roommates during your overnight stay. You will
      not be provided their information prior to orientation.
    7. What do I bring for my overnight stay?
    • A suggested list of items for you to bring is on the Orientation website, We will also include
      more information in your confirmation email prior to the session.
    8. Will my overnight room at First Year Orientation be the same as my room assignment for housing during the
    academic year?
    • No, they will not be the same. Assignments for your overnight stay are made based on registration information.
      However, if you meet other fellow new Pacers during First Year Orientation and would like to request them as your
      roommate(s) for the 2020 – 2021 academic year, you can make a request through the Department of Residence Life
      and Housing. Information about how to do this will be provided at First Year Orientation.
    9. Where do I park when I come to campus for First Year Orientation?
    • You can park on campus in our Main Lot. If you use our university’s address (15 E. Peace Street, Raleigh, NC 27604), it
      will bring you right to the lot. We ask you limit to one car per student attending as to allow enough space for all. You
      do not need a parking pass.
    10. I have registered for First Year Orientation. Now what?
    • You are all set and we can’t wait to see you! One week prior to your program, you will receive some specific
      information about your session, how to check-in, what you need to bring and more. This information will get sent to
      the email address provided during registration.

  • Registration Questions
    1. How do I register?
    • You should have received an email from the Office of Admissions with registration information. Please follow that link
      to register for the program. You will use the login you created to apply to the University to register for orientation.
    2. How much does First Year Orientation cost? What does it include?
    • The cost of First Year Orientation is included in your new student fee that is assessed when you join the institution.
      This cost includes the cost of the overnight stay, meals, snacks, parking, supplies and Orientation Leader support for
      you and up to two guests.
    3. My login to register will not work. What do I do?
    • You should use the login you created to apply to the University for this registration. Do not use your WPU login you
      received from the Office of Information Technology. If you run into further issues, please email the Office of
      Admissions at
    4. I registered already but I need to switch my date or make a change. Can I do that?
    5. I have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies. How do I share that information with you?
    • During the registration process, you are provided space to indicate any special dietary needs for your overnight stay.
      We will make every best effort to meet these needs and if we have questions, will contact you directly. You will also be
      able to indicate these needs for the family or guests you register. If you forgot to add this during your registration,
      email the Office of Admissions at
    6. How can I request accommodations?
    • During the registration process, you are provided space to indicate any accommodations you may need including but
      not limited to access to an elevator or ramp, interpreter, alternate versions of materials, etc. You will also be able to
      indicate these needs for the family or guests you register. If you need to make an adjustment to your registration,
      please email the Office of Admissions at

  • Family and Guest Information
    1. Can I bring a family member or guest to join me during the program? Do they have to pre-register?
    • Yes! We welcome up to two family members or guests to join you for the program. However, please note the Family and
      Guest Orientation program runs concurrently to the Student program so the majority of the time, you will not be
      together but will meet back up during meals. Yes, all family members and guests must pre-register. You should
      provide their information at the time of your registration. If you did not provide this and need to get them registered,
      please contact the Office of Admissions at
    2. Do family and guests stay on-campus? Is family and guest housing available?
    • Registered family and guests joining their new Pacer for First Year Orientation do not stay on-campus and should
      make arrangements at a nearby hotel. We do not offer family and guest housing during the orientation program. You
      can visit HotelStorm with the passcode: “Pacers” to receive discounted hotel rates.
    3. Can I bring more than the allotted two family and guest members?
    • We currently only permit two individuals to accompany you to the program. If you need to request additional guests,
      please email There is no guarantee requests will be granted and if so, will be taken on a first
      come, first served basis based on the current capacity of each session. If you are permitted to bring additional guests,
      you may be asked to pay a fee.

  • Orientation Leaders
    1. What are Orientation Leaders?
    • Orientation Leaders are your guide, resource and mentor during your William Peace University experience. They will
      lead the small group you are assigned. Orientation Leaders are current William Peace University students who are
      involved academically, through registered student organizations, Pacer Athletics and much more. They were
      specifically selected during a rigorous application and interview process to serve you, the new student and family
      member. They will be able to answer many of the question you have about what it is like to be a student or how
      families can best support their new Pacer.
    2. How are small groups assigned?
    • Small groups are assigned mostly randomly, however we work to ensure there is a variety of students in each small
      group from various majors and hometowns too! Your small group is a lot of fun and your first chance to really bond
      with your incoming class. Siblings or family members will not be in the same small group.
    3. Do families and guests have small groups?
    • No, but you do not miss out on the access to an Orientation Leader. There will be orientation leaders with you during
      your program to help you along the way.

  • Additional Questions
    I still have more questions. What do I do?
    • No worries! Email and a member of our staff will work to respond as soon as possible.