Get Ready for Wes! Week 8

Dean’s Note

Dear incoming students,

I hope pre-registration planning is going well and you’re finding courses that spark your interest. Please know that our Academic Peer Advisors are available if you have any questions; you can be in touch with them via

You still have time to consult the Advising Guidelines to seek out advice about building a balanced schedule as well as watch advising videos featuring faculty and students. You should also check out the New Student User Guide to Pre-Registration and this step-by-step guide to pre-registration done in an Instagram post by the Orientation Interns.

Note from WesWell regarding AlcoholEDU and Sexual Assault Prevention

WesWell, the Office of Health Education, is an integral part of Wesleyan University’s Health Services. WesWell understands the impact of student health on academic performance and is committed to providing services that are designed to develop healthy behaviors and prevent health concerns that may interfere with academic and personal success.

In an effort to further advance our students beyond the classroom, Wesleyan University has partnered with EverFi to help students address critical life skills such as alcohol abuse prevention and sexual assault prevention. As part of our comprehensive prevention program for new students, Wesleyan requires you to complete AlcoholEDU and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduate Students. These online courses will empower you to make well-informed decisions about issues that affect your college years and beyond. Failure to complete these courses will result in a hold being put on your registration.

Part 1 will be available in WesPortal on August 1st and you can expect communication on directions around that time from the Office of Health Education.

Travel Arrangements

As we approach the month of August and you make the final preparations to travel to Wesleyan, please keep a few things in mind:

  • When you make arrangements to travel to Wesleyan for the start of the semester, please note that students are expected to remain on campus until they have completed all final assignments and exams at the end of each semester.
  • Faculty are not required to accommodate early departure for end of semester travel so you should not confirm transportation until you have confirmed the final exam dates with your professors after classes start.

Common Reading Response Deadline

Just a reminder that August 16 is the deadline for your Common Reading response; please be sure to submit your essay here.

Message from the Orientation Interns

Hello Incoming Students!

This week, make sure you have submitted a photo for your WesCard! If you have not done so already, the link to submit a photo has been reopened on your WesPortal; look for it under the New Student Checklist! The drop box is only being reopened for a short period and it is imperative that you have a WesCard ready for you as soon as you get on campus!

If you live far away and have been thinking about how to get all your belongings onto campus, remember that you will be able to ship packages to Wesleyan as long as they arrive after August 19th. Anything arriving before August 19th will be sent back. When you send a package to Wesleyan, make sure you include your WesBox number to ensure it doesn’t get lost. You can find this number on your WesPortal under “My Information > Student Profile”.

To all international students and U.S. citizens living abroad:
If you have not already, make your travel arrangements ASAP and send us your full itinerary through the ISO Arrival & Registration Form by Monday, July 29th.

If you are receiving financial aid from the university and are eligible for a one-way air ticket from your home to Wesleyan, please contact Susan Schiavone, Sanditz Travel Agent, at to book your flight. Make sure to inform her that you need to arrive on campus on Sunday, August 25th.

Don’t forget to check the Office of International Student Affairs Facebook page for Words of Wisdom from current students and Orientation Leaders!

Note from Prof. Beth Hepford, Assistant Professor of the Practice in TESOL:
I see that many of you have been exploring “Preparing for Academia at Wesleyan University” and I hope that you are finding the material useful and interesting. (I also hope I didn’t ruin Disney movies for you forever!) I encourage you to try some of the quizzes to see where your level is and if there are areas to review before arriving at Wesleyan. Remember, if you’d like feedback on your writing, you have until July 31st to submit an essay for feedback. I also encourage you to consider taking “Academic Writing in the US” as your First-Year Seminar. The course focuses on the art of essay writing while looking at famous essayist writing about US politics and culture. If you have any questions, please contact me at

The Orientation Interns
Naraa Altai ‘22
Ivanie Cedeño ‘22
Michelle Lei ‘21
Ariana Baez ‘22
Anya Kisicki ‘22
(860) 685 5666

Summer Sendoffs

Sunday, July 28—Beijing
Wednesday, July 31—Mamaroneck, NY
Sunday, August 3—Hong Kong
Sunday, August 4—Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, August 8—Mumbai
Thursday, August 8—Boston, MA
Sunday, August 11—Chicago, IL
Thursday, August 15—Seattle, WA

More information is available here.