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Information for New Students

Welcome to Wentworth! 

Over the next several years, Wentworth will be your home away from home as you engage in thoughtful classroom discussion, participate in campus activities and traditions, and develop new skills. Between now and the first day of class on September 7, there are number of ways that we will welcome you to the Wentworth family and prepare you for a successful college career. Programs for our new students include New Student Orientation (NSO), Pre-WOW, Wentworth Opening Week (WOW), and Welcome Socials.

If you have questions at any point during the summer, please reach out to us orientation@wit.edu or 617-989-4080.

New Student Orientation

Throughout the summer, new students will have opportunities to learn more about the Wentworth community through our hybrid (in-person and online) and fully online orientation programs. Orientation is required of all new students. 

During NSO, students will register for classes, meet faculty and staff, learn about opportunities and resources on campus, and make connections with their fellow incoming students. Students who choose to participate virtually will receive the same information, register for classes at the same time as students who attend in person, and will meet virtually with an orientation leader and other new students.

  • May 1-31: All students must register for either in-person or online orientation prior to May 31. Deposited students should visit their admitted student portal to register for orientation. 
  • June 1: Orientation information modules will be available to students and their families. Students should log into Brightspace to complete their modules, and family members can find more information on the Family Orientation site.  All students must complete the orientation modules by June 30. 
  • June 7-11: A series of live virtual presentations and Q&A sessions will be held during this week. Some presentations will be required for all students while others will be required of students who choose to participate in orientation completely virtually. Family members are welcome and encouraged to attend these virtual presentations. Please click here for a schedule of virtual orientation sessions.
  • June 14-25: Four in-person orientation programs will be offered on the dates below. These sessions will be for students only; guests will not be able to attend for health and safety purposes and due to space capacity restrictions. All students who attend in person will be required to provide a negative Covid test prior to arrival and wear when indoors. Please click here for a full schedule of in-person orientation sessions. Students stay on campus overnight for orientation. 
    • Session 1: June 14-15
    • Session 2: June 17-18
    • Session 3: June 21-22
    • Session 4: June 24-25 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is orientation required?

    Yes, all new students are required to attend orientation, which is offered to students in a hybrid online/in-person option as well as a fully online option. 

  • How do I register for orientation?

    All students must register for either online or in-person orientation by May 31, 2021. Students can register in their new student portal

  • What are the dates of orientation?

    • June 1: Orientation information modules will be available to students and their families. All students must complete the orientation modules by June 30. 
    • June 7-11: A series of live virtual presentations and Q&A sessions will be held during this week. Some presentations will be required for all students while others will be required of students who choose to participate in orientation completely virtually. Family members are welcome and encouraged to attend these virtual presentations. One to two topics will be covered each day, with each presentation offered at multiple times and evening options available. 
    • June 14-25: Four in-person orientation programs will be offered on the dates below. These sessions will be for students only; guests will not be able to attend for health and safety purposes and due to space capacity restrictions. All students who attend in person will be required to provide a negative Covid test prior to arrival and wear a mask at all times.
      • Session 1: June 14-15
      • Session 2: June 17-18
      • Session 3: June 21-22
      • Session 4: June 24-25 
  • If I am attending an in-person session of orientation, is there anything I need to do online?

    In addition to attending your in-person orientation session, you will need to attend a one-hour live virtual meeting with faculty members from your major during the week of June 7. A schedule of these academic meetings will be released in late May. Incoming students will also need to complete a series of online information modules available in Brightspace beginning June 1.

  • Will I miss out on anything if I attend orientation virtually?

    Students who participate in orientation virtually will receive all necessary information, learn about campus resources, meet faculty and staff, register for classes, and will also have opportunities to engage with their new classmates through a series of virtual orientation group meetings facilitated by an Orientation Leader. Regardless of how students choose to engage with New Student Orientation in June, all new students will also participate in-person in Wentworth Opening Week, which will take place on campus during the first week of September, before classes start.

  • Will students who participate in fully online orientation still be able to register for classes?

    As part of orientation, all new students will register for their first semester classes. In order to ensure that students participating in orientation online receive the same opportunity to register for the classes that work best for their schedule, all students will register for classes on the same days, regardless of whether they participate in orientation online or in-person. 

  • Do I need a COVID test in order to attend in-person orientation?

    Yes, all students must receive a negative COVID test in order to attend orientation, regardless of whether they have received a vaccine.

  • What safety precautions are being taken for in-person orientation?

    We are taking every step to ensure our community's safety during orientation. Please see below for a list of requirements and precautions. 

    • All students must receive a negative COVID test 3-5 days prior to their orientation session. This test can be conducted on campus at Wentworth at no cost, or students can receive a PCR test at a testing facility near their home and submit the test results at least 24 hours prior to arrival. All students must be tested, regardless of whether they have received a vaccine. Additional details about testing will be sent in a separate email. 
    • Students must wear a mask at all times except when eating in a designated dining space or when in their assigned bedroom. 
    • All students will be in their own bedroom for the night. They will share a suite with a common living space and bathroom with other students. 
  • Are guests allowed to attend orientation?

    Family members are welcome to attend all virtual presentations being offered between June 7-11, and a series of online informational modules for families will be available on June 1. A full schedule of live presentations and panels will be posted in late May.

     

    Guests will not be able to attend in-person orientation sessions due to health and safety precautions and event space capacity restrictions.

  • Is there any cost to attend orientation?

    There is no cost to register for orientation. For our in-person sessions, housing is provided on campus overnight, and all meals are provided through breakfast on the second day.

  • What should I bring to orientation if I attend in person?

    Students stay on campus overnight in our residence halls. A short list of essential items is below.

    • Sleeping bag or sheets and a pillow
    • Bath towel
    • Clothes for two days
    • Toiletries and any necessary medicine
    • Notebook and a pen