Step One: RSVP for New Student Orientation.

  • Although New Student Orientation is required freshmen new students and strongly encouraged for transfer students, we ask each student to RSVP so we know that you have received the New Student Orientation information.
  • If you are a new student from overseas, registration is also required for International Student Orientation events, which start one day before New Student Orientation. For more information about how to register for International Student Orientation, please call or email: (314) 246-7658 or You can also visit the MCISA website.

Step Two: Purchase your family’s meals.

  • Meals are free for new students, but additional meals need to be purchased for each family member attending New Student Orientation.

Step Three: Work on the logistics.

  • If you are a local student and didn’t get your ID at a registration day,  you can get your ID made anytime at the Public Safety Office (located at the corner of the Garden Park Plaza Parking Garage).  You can contact Public Safety at 314-968-7430 to find out about their hours and what you need to get your ID. After New Student Orientation weekend has ended, you will be able to get your student ID made in the Public Safety Office during the academic year.
  • You can begin to look up your textbook information on-line at the University Bookstore.  You must have a copy of your class schedule in order to look up the books that go along with your individual courses and sections.
  • Parking permits may be purchased from the Office of Public Safety, located in Garden Park Plaza.   Prices and further information about parking on campus can be found in the parking regulations.
  • There will also be opportunities to do all of these tasks during New Student Orientation for students who have not done so.  The best time to complete these tasks is during Campus / Local Resources in the University Center on Thursday, Aug. 24.

Step Four for Residential Students: Prepare for Move-In Day on Aug. 24.

  • The Department of Housing and Residential Life will send information about housing assignments to new students in July. After you receive your Housing assignment, make sure you connect with your new roommate.  You should begin to discuss what you will be bringing for your room.  Make sure to look at the “what to bring” list that the housing department provides.
  • When you are packing, make sure you label your items with your name, building, and room number. This will help ease the move-in process during New Student Orientation.

Step Four for Commuter Students:

  • If you are a commuter student, consider getting connected with your Commuter Student organization (Commuter Council) even before you come to campus.  You can begin to connect with them three different ways.  E-mail them at, follow them on twitter at @WebsterCommuter, or find them on Facebook at Webster University Commuter Council.
  • Coming soon, there will also be a Commuter Resources page.  More information will be distributed when the site goes live.

Step Four for International Students: 

Step Five: Complete the New Student Orientation packet of information coming in early July.

  • Be on the lookout for detailed information about New Student Orientation which will be mailed to all new students in July. Please remember to bring this packet of information with you to New Student Orientation in August. It includes the schedule you will be using throughout the weekend.

Step Six: When you arrive for New Student Orientation 2017,…

  • Dress appropriately for the weather – late August in St. Louis tends to be hot. Although New Student Orientation sessions take place indoors, you may be outside frequently during residence hall move-in and in between New Student Orientation sessions.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes. Not all New Student Orientation sessions take place in the same location, and you may be walking around campus.
  • If possible, leave purses and valuable items at home or in your dorm room. There will not be a secure place to store personal items during New Student Orientation.