For Parents of New Students

As a parent of a new Wesleyan student we welcome you to the Wesleyan community! You and your student will begin to hear more often from Wesleyan throughout the summer. In the meantime should you need any assistance please contact us at

We know that many parents of new students are eager to learn about Arrival Day and Orientation activities. Most new students should plan to arrive on campus on Wednesday, August 31. (If your student is an athlete participating in a fall sport, they should contact their coach as some fall athletes will be asked to arrive a few days earlier.) Parents are invited to New Student Arrival Day as well. There are optional parent workshops to attend in the afternoon and an opportunity to hear from President Roth. Orientation activities will officially begin on August 31 and parents are invited to depart campus around 5 PM. 

The Office of Parent Programs maintains a resource list of current parents of Wesleyan students who are willing to be contacted by parents of new Wesleyan students. If you would like to gain the parent perspective please contact our office and we will provide you with that contact information. 

Parents of new students will be receive a package of information in June from the Office of Parent Programs which will include information about New Student Arrival Day, Family Weekend and the Parents Handbook.

As information changes and becomes available for the Class of 2020  this page will be updated.

Summer Sendoffs
Join members of the Class of 2020, new transfer students, and their families for a casual summer social as they prepare to head to campus. This is an opportunity to meet others new to Wesleyan, as well as current students and their families, alumni, and friends of Wesleyan. The Summer Sendoff web site will be updated on a rolling basis throughout the spring and summer. More details will be emailed in the spring and throughout the summer to parents, students, and alumni.

University Calendars

2016-2017 Parents Handbook

A Note from Residential Life

Notice from the Payroll Office

Learn about the Residence Halls

New Student Arrival Day August 31, 2016
See the New Student Arrival Day schedule for reference. Also please read the Helpful Hints for Families to Navigate the First Year Residence Hall Check-In Process guide. 

New International Student Orientation, Sunday August 28, 2016
International Student Orientation begins prior to NSO, to give international students time to recover from travel and acclimate to campus, make cultural adjustments, and connect with campus resources.  ISO also offers sessions that address health and medical insurance issues, programs about cultural adaptation, weather adjustment, and liberal arts education, as well as informational sessions about US systems that many international students are not familiar with or are very different from their home country. 

Visiting Campus
Information about Wesleyan and area transportation, accomodations and restaurants. The Inn at Middletown is located within walking distance from campus. The Inn also offers a special program for Wesleyan parents.

New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation (NSO) is a comprehensive introduction to Wesleyan University. The program helps students build a foundation for academic and co-curricular success.  Students will build relationships with other students, faculty and administrators and have important discussions about values, traditions, and community standards at Wesleyan.  For any questions, please contact the orientation office at 860-685-5666.

Family Weekend
Come experience and celebrate Wesleyan during Family Weekend, October 28-30, 2016. Details will be available this summer.

Student Accounts/Tuition Billing
The Student Accounts Office is primarily responsible for the billing and collection of tuition, fees and miscellaneous charges that students incur while attending Wesleyan. Please note that students are responsible for meeting all payment deadlines. Students may add authorized payers to their accounts.

The Unofficial Packing list
A list of dorm essentials for incoming students

Undergraduate Housing Options ( video)

Sustainability at Wesleyan
Wesleyan University has been actively promoting sustainability since the 1980s, when it began a recycling program.  Through the efforts of the sustainability coordinator, Sustainability Advisory Group (SAGES), and the campus community, Wesleyan has expanded its sustainability efforts to include greenhouse gas inventories, a climate action plan, and sustainability policies and projects.  Look through our website to learn more about SAGES, the Sustainability Office, and our specific initiatives: Climate Commitments, Energy, Waste Reduction, Procurement, Green Building, Technology, and Transportation.

Cardinal Technology Center (Wesleyan Computer Store)
The Cardinal Technology Center (formerly the Wesleyan Computer Store) is  located in room 100 of the Usdan Campus Center.  The Cardinal Technology Center sells computer hardware, software, accessories, video games, iPods and more at an educationally discounted price. The store offers systems from Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Sony, as well as printers from HP, Canon and Epson. With a valid Wesleyan University ID, students, faculty, and staff are eligible for the store's special pricing. If the store does not have what you are looking for in stock, it can be special ordered. Usually shipping takes 1-2 days! The Back-to-School catalogue and order form are available online. It will highlight all of the back-to-school specials along with other special deals. Prices are very competitive and we strive to make purchasing your computer a positive helpful experience.

Wesleyan Station/Wesleyan University Mail Services
Find information about all shipping and mailing needs. Students will receive an email once packages are received at Wesleyan Station.

Wesleyan online apparel and merchandise 

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