New Student Orientation

Welcome to William Peace University!

Our orientation events are an opportunity to learn about William Peace University and what it means to be a Pacer. Current WPU students, faculty, and staff provide a welcoming environment to assist you throughout these engaging events.

WPU’s New Student Orientation is for incoming and transfer students and their families to ensure that our new Pacers have the tools and resources to succeed! This event is mandatory for new students and transfer students.

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  • New Student Orientation for Spring 2022 Students | Virtual | January 11
    Our New Student Orientation for spring students will occur on January 11, 2022. Students are automatically enrolled in this virtual event. Please contact us if you cannot attend.

    During orientation, we share information about the tools, resources, and support available at WPU. You will have the opportunity to hear from President Dr. Ralph and Orientation Leaders (OL), connect with advisors, learn about financial aid and get the facts on residence life and Pacer dining.

    DATE: January 11, 2022

    Time Event
    9:00 to 9:20 a.m.Welcome to WPU

    President Ralph, Hello from Orientation Leaders (OLs) 

    Zoom:  (use this link until Rotation 1)

    9:20 to 9:40 a.m.Pacer FinancesDuring this session, you will learn a bit more about opportunities for financial aid including Work-Study and information from Student Accounts including waiving health insurance, parking decals, and going over your student statement.
    9:40 to 10:10 a.m.Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion During college, there are many ways to explore your identities, learn about other cultures and expand your worldview. Ask how the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion can help you do this.
    10:10 to 10:15Break
    10:15 to 11 a.m.Academic Advising & Tech Check-Up for Incoming Students During this session, you will learn more about advising at WPU, how to better understand your Spring 2022 course schedule, and academic program. We will also discuss the Honor Code and how to use WPU systems and platforms. 
    11-11:20 a.m.Wellness & Counseling ServicesTake this opportunity to ask questions regarding counseling services, disability services, health and wellness, and campus safety at WPU.
    11:20-11:45 a.m.Public SafetyYour safety is our top priority! Learn how the Office of Public Safety helps you stay safe both on campus and in the Raleigh community.
    11:50 to 12:10 p.m.Community Building w/ OLs (Small Groups) *STUDENTS ONLY*

     Get to know your Orientation Leaders and fellow small group peers!   


    12:10 to 12:15 p.m.Transition to Rotating Sessions Please take this time to pick your next session.
    Rotation 1 – Choose one of the following
    12:15 to 12:35 p.m.Residence Life & Dining  

    Ask Members of the Department of Residence Life & Housing & Pacer Dining any questions about on-campus housing experience, student conduct, meals plans and more. 


    12:15-12:35Commuter Student Experience/Dining 

    Ask questions about commuter life, how to stay connected to your peers and dining at WPU. 


    12:35 to 12:40Transition Please join us for the farewell.
    12:40 to 12:45 p.m.Farewell


    Join us as we sing our beautiful alma mater, share reminders and say “see you later”! 


  • Pathways to Peace
    Pathways To Peace is the final fall orientation event. Pathways is a four-day program specifically designed to help incoming students successfully transition to life at WPU Pathways features student success workshops, community-building events/activities, and a chance to choose an Immersive Learning opportunity. Pathways begin five days before the semester starts each August. Residential and commuter students are required to participate and will meet their Peer Mentor and First-Year Mentors who will serve as their guides throughout the program.

    2021 Schedule

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Overall Program & Logistics

    1. What is New Student Orientation (NSO)?
    • New Student Orientation is the umbrella program for both Transfer Orientation and First Year Orientation to welcome new students to William Peace University.  Although this program will cover topics for both first year and transfer students, all of our incoming Pacers will learn about vital resources to prepare them for their time at WPU.
    2. What is the format of New Student Orientation?
    • The format of the in-person and virtual events of NSO will be utilizing the student learning management system, Moodle, to complete modules on campus resources. Students and families will have access to resources that include videos, website links, digital office pamphlets, etc. These sessions will also incorporate the opportunity to speak with different offices for a Q&A.
    3. How do I access Moodle?
    • Students will be emailed a link to access the Moodle site. They will then be prompted to enter their WPU login credentials. If there are any issues, please email
    4. When will Orientation modules be available on Moodle and when must they be complete?
    • New Pacers and their Families will receive an email prior to Orientation notifying them that the orientation modules are available. We highly encourage students to complete the modules prior to the day of orientation to maximize their full orientation experience.
    5. Why is Orientation still being held on different dates?
    • We have incorporated numerous dates and formats (in-person + virtual) to enable students to have choices that fits their schedules and comfort level. Students are being asked to sign up for specific events to facilitate community building, and provide real-time resources to new Pacers and their families. Our goal is to ensure student success for all new Pacers.
    6. Is Orientation mandatory? Do I have to attend the entire event?
    • Yes, you are required to attend this event as a new student at William Peace University. It is very important that you participate to ensure you receive and understand all necessary information regarding your classes, housing, campus resources, and services available.
    7. I am an athlete. Is there a different orientation for me?
    • All new Pacers who plan to play in Pacer Athletics MUST attend Orientation. There may be some specific sessions during the event geared toward athletes, however you are required to attend the entire orientation alongside all new Pacers.
    8. I have registered for Orientation, now what?
    • You are all set and we can’t wait to get to know you better! One week prior to Orientation, you will receive specific information about your sessions, how to log in, and any materials you will need to participate. This information will be sent to both your personal and WPU email.

  • Registration Questions

    1. How do I register?
    • You will received an email from the Office of Admissions with registration information. Please follow that link to register for the event. You will use the login you created to apply to the University to register for orientation.
    2. 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
    3. I registered already but I need to switch my date or make a change. Can I do that?
    • Once you register, if that date or dates are no longer convenient, you will need to email the Office of Admissions at and request alternative date/s.

  • Family and Guest Information

    1. Can I invite a family member or guest to join me during this event? Do they have to pre-register?
    • Yes! We welcome family members or guests to join you for New Student Orientation. We encourage your family members and guests to participate in the virtual event with you throughout the day. Parents and Guests do not need to register separately, however, you will need to register when you register yourself (you will be asked to add guest information).
    2. How do family members and guests access the Moodle site?
    • Family members can utilize the link and instructions provided to their student to access the Moodle site.

  • Orientation Leaders

    1. What are Orientation Leaders?
    • Orientation Leaders are your guide, resource and mentor as you begin 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 questions you have about what it is like to be a student or how families can best support their new Pacer.
    2. How will Orientation Leaders build Virtual Community?
    • Orientation Leaders will build community through holding virtual small group sessions, utilizing the @wpustudentlife instagram account, the GroupMe app and more!
    3. How are small groups assigned?
    • Small groups are assigned mostly randomly, however we work to ensure there are 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.
    4. 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.

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The First-Year Success Series is a programmatic effort designed to enrich the First-Year Experience at William Peace University. The series is a campus-wide, collaborative effort that provides first-year students the resources and support they need to successfully transfer to college life and becoming a Pacer.

Through this series, the first-year students will learn and develop the necessary skills to help them be successful in their academic and personal life. By teaching and promoting community and healthy habits, our hope is to provide all first-year students with a socially supportive environment that will enable them to meet new people, immerse themselves in the WPU culture and enjoy career and academic success.

Quick Facts on FYSS

  • FYSS offered 25 programs in Fall 2021.
  • The majority of Fall 2021 FYSS attendees attended between 4-6 events.  
  • 90% of first-year students agreed that FYSS was helpful to their college transition.

“The FYS series helped me get more involved in school and meet new people. They were informative and fun. I liked that they had events that were about managing time and school work and also about healthy living. I am thankful that they exist because they helped me with planning my first semester of college.”

Brian Martinez, Class of 2023

“I enjoyed the Inside Scoop with Public Safety, Multicultural Feast, and Mindfulness Workshop. They were very informative and gave me insights on some topics that are not covered otherwise. The events were fun and fast activities and it was great that in the majority of them students got a chance to win some prizes. I love that these events are offered every now and then and there is a healthy competition for FYS with them.”

Makayla Cook, Class of 2023

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

Karen Austin Thomas, Pacer Parent