August Events & Orientation

Are you ready to come to campus?

Check the previous months’ task lists – By May 31, By June 30, By July 31 – to make sure you’ve completed all tasks and enrollment requirements. This month, you’ll have the opportunity to attend special first-year events, move into your new WPI residence, and participate in New Student Orientation activities. We’re excited to welcome you to campus.

Pre-Orientation Programs

WPI offers two pre-orientation programs for subsets of our incoming students.

International Students:

  • Move-In Day – August 14
  • Pre-Orientation – August 15-August 17
    If arriving before August 12, please contact

Connections Program:

  • Move-In Day – August 10
  • Pre-orientation – August 10-August 17
    All inquiries for the Connections Program can be forwarded to or call 508.831.5796.

International students are required to attend pre-orientation starting August 15.  You will learn more about this program early in the summer, typically when the I-20 form is sent.  If you do not hear about the program by mid-July, please contact the International House at 508.831.6030.

Connections is a pre-orientation program for underrepresented students.  Invitations will go out to eligible students by mid-June.

Whether or not you participate in these pre-orientation programs, all students should plan to attend new student orientation starting August 18.

New Student Move-In Day – The First Day of New Student Orientation

Welcome to Campus!

Academic Affairs, Residential Services and Student Activities staff, along with current WPI students, are already planning for your arrival as a member of the Class of 2023. Move-in is Sunday, August 18. At the link below you will find the move-in schedule for the building to which you are assigned. Be sure to label your belongings clearly with your name and room number, because members of the WPI welcome crew will be here to assist with unloading and carrying your items.

Important Dates – All New Students and Parents

  • Move-In Day for New Students
    August 18
  • New Student Orientation 
    August 18–August 21 (2019 Schedule)
  • Family Orientation/Schedule
    August 18 (2019 Family Schedule)
  • First Day of Classes
    August 22

Move-In information

Once you are settled and registered for orientation, we will direct you to the remainder of the day’s activities and events.

Click here for the ultimate college packing list.

Get a glimpse of what our campus looks like on move-in day.

New Student Orientation

College Life Begins!

During orientation, you’ll have the opportunity to acclimate to campus and ease into college life. You’ll get to know your roommates and the campus, its history and traditions, as well as learn about academic, social, and co-curricular life at WPI.  You’ll meet upperclassmen, faculty, and staff who are anxious to welcome you and help you as you become a member of the WPI community!

Here is a preview of what to expect at New Student Orientation!