New Student Orientation

Welcome to Wes!

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a comprehensive introduction to Wesleyan University. NSO will help you begin your exploration of the range of academic and co-curricular opportunities available at Wesleyan. Orientation is required for all first-year and new transfer students in order to be fully enrolled into the University. 

NSO is organized and facilitated by the Office of Student Involvement.

The Orientation schedule can now be accessed via WesNest ( - our student engagement website and resource for all students to enrich their involvement experience at Wesleyan. On the WesNest website, there are tools available where you can find events on campus, track your involvement in organizations, search for clubs and organizations, match your interests with existing organizations, or start a new group! Simply log in using your Wesleyan credentials.

Mark your calendars! New Student Orientation: August 30, 2023 - September 3, 2023

What You Need to Know about New Student Orientation

  • Information for Orientation 2023 will be posted in June.
  • New students should plan to arrive to campus on Wednesday, August 30, 2023. Move in will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. Families may depart by 5 p.m.
  • All questions regarding the orientation program or campus life may be directed to
  • Specific questions regarding international student orientation, travel, and visa requirements should be directed to
  • The first message in mid-June will include the credentials for your Wesleyan email account. You will receive weekly notes on Wednesdays from your class dean, and orientation email updates throughout the summer.
  • Be sure to check your Wesleyan account regularly or set up email forwarding to your primary email address so you do not miss important messages.
  • As of July 2023, information will ONLY be sent to your Wesleyan email address.
  • When you get your room assignment in early August you will be asked to sign up for a move-in time to minimize congestion.
  • Orientation is full of events—check out some orientation highlights.

Orientation Interns

Meet the 2023 Orientation Interns! The Orientation Interns (OIs) are current Wesleyan students who assist with the planning and implementation of the Orientation Program for incoming students. The Interns are hard at work over the summer to prepare for the newest Wesleyan students to arrive, and they can't wait to meet all the incoming students!

You will meet the Orientation Leaders when you arrive on campus.

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    Sophia Chen

    Hi! My name is Sophia (she/her) and I'm a rising junior from Tampa, FL majoring in economics and psychology. At Wes, I work as a barista and financial manager at Espwesso Café, am involved with TEDxWesleyanU, and volunteer with Wesleyan Food Rescue. In my free time, I love to cook, listen to music, and try new cafes and ice cream shops. So excited to meet everyone, feel free to reach out with any questions!
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    Julissa Mota

    "Hi everyone! My name is Julissa (she/her), and I am a rising sophomore thinking of the Computer Science and Science in Society majors. I am from Hartford, CT, and I have a younger sister who is 12 years old. I have been a part of a program called Capitol Squash since 5th grade, and I am on the Women's Squash team here at Wes. I love going to Main Street with friends, and I get boba from Prince House way too often. If you need any food place recommendations in CT, let me know! Can't wait to meet you all.
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    Drew Olsen

    Hey there! My name is Drew Olsen and I am a rising Senior from Bethesda, Maryland studying Economics with an Applied Data Science certificate. When I am not in Exley studying or working, you can find me playing for Wesleyan’s all-gender frisbee team, Throw Culture, or doing research in DeltaLab! I cannot wait to meet all of you this summer and introduce you to Wes! If you have any questions, please reach out to me at