• New Student Orientation – UC Charleston Campus

    Message from the Dean of Students

    To our new students and their parents and family members, welcome to our University of Charleston Golden Eagle family! We are thrilled that you have chosen to continue your academic career at UC. As the Dean of Students at UC, I can tell you from experience that this is a place where you can learn and grow, not just as a student, but also as a person.

    Attending our New Student Orientation program is a crucial first step toward academic success as a University of Charleston student. On this page, you will find the Freshman Student Orientation Schedule and the Transfer Student Orientation Schedule. The freshman and transfer student orientation is a more in-depth orientation for our students. We do welcome parents and families to attend the Induction Convocation on Friday, August 25th at 6:30p.m. in the Riggleman Hall Auditorium. During the Induction Convocation, our new freshman students will be officially welcomed to campus by the President and will share with their classmates a goal for their educational career at UC. Students will walk across the stage in the Auditorium and replicate a piece of what they will do when they reach their final goal of graduation.

    During Orientation students will begin their University course, they will socialize and learn who their classmates are, and they will meet many of our returning students who they will be on campus with. Our goal during orientation is to help students be more prepared for their first day of class and learn all about being a student at the University of Charleston.

    Congratulations on your decision to join the Golden Eagle Family at the University of Charleston, and thank you in advance for joining us for this very important orientation program at UC. We will see you soon!

    Virginia Moore
    Dean of Students

    Orientation Schedules

    University of Charleston and Week of Welcome

    Mark your calendar now for the start of your first semester! University of Charleston Orientation and WOW will begin with new student move-in on Friday, August 25. Commuter and residence hall students and their families are invited to attend dinner on campus in the dining hall at 5 pm that evening prior to the freshman Induction Convocation beginning at 6:30p.m.

    All new students are expected to attend Orientation beginning at 6:30p.m. on Friday, August 25th and all other mandatory events marked in yellow on the orientation schedules for the 26th and 27th, all of these sessions are designed to help ease the transition into your first year at UC. There will also be several social events throughout the weekend and during your first week of classes that you are highly encouraged to attend.

    If you have questions about Orientation, please contact Virginia Moore at virginiamoore@ucwv.edu or Debbie Bannister at debbiebannister@ucwv.edu.

    Week of Welcome activities include: 

    • Friday, August 25 – Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 will be shown on the Riverbank at 8 pm.
    • Saturday, August 26 – Organization Fair in the Rotunda at 2 p.m.
    • Sunday, August 27 – Thinkfast Game Show in the Auditorium at 2 p.m.; UC Fair (arts and crafts, live music, and more) on the Riverbank from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., and Hypnotic Intoxication will happen in the Auditorium at 8 p.m.
    • Monday, August 28 – EagleFest will take place on the Riverbank from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Tuesday, August 29 - BINGO in the Food Court at 9 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 30 – Organization Fair, part 2, will take place in the Ballroom from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • And September 1, students can take a free boat ride to downtown Charleston, so they can enjoy the final Live on the Levee. Boat shuttle rides begin at 5:30 p.m. (with fireworks!) 

    We look forward to seeing you on campus during Orientation and WOW week!!