August Events & Orientation

We can’t wait to welcome you to WPI!

Updated information will be available in the coming months for the Class of 2025. Check back in spring of 2021.

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.

We know many of you are wondering how the COVID-19 outbreak will impact orientation activities. This is one of the most special times of year at WPI, and we are working hard to finalize all of the move-in and orientation details as soon as possible so you can begin to make your plans for arrival! Please know that our top priority is your health and safety, and that of our community, and we are working diligently to finalize a plan that best ensures that.

Monday, August 31 marks the first day of the academic year for 2020-2021. For more details and answers to your questions, please visit our #WeAreWPI

Live Presentations on Zoom

New Student Orientation (NSO) Online Programming – Available August 3

A new NSO Canvas website is now live and available to both students and families.  The NSO programming includes both online sessions and live presentations offering important information and great resources to get students started and prepared for arrival on campus.

Features on this website will include welcome messages from President Leshin, community members, alumni, and departments, as well as videos focusing on Academic Advising, the Insight Program, and what to expect once on campus.

Students should continue to check this website often as content will be updated and added regularly throughout the month of August, including recordings of live presentations.

Pre-Orientation Programs

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

First-Year International Students:

  • Pre-Orientation Dependent on individual travel schedules *

First-Year Connections Program:

  • Pre-orientationAugust 18 (virtual event)
    All inquiries for the Connections Program can be forwarded to or call 508.831.5796.

* International students who are able to arrive for the August 31 start of classes should aim to arrive during the morning of August 26. The International House will follow up with students individually on International Student programming. Any questions, please contact the International House at 508.831.6030.

Connections is a pre-orientation program for underrepresented students.  A virtual welcome session will be held on August 18 from 1pm-5pm EDT. More information will be available in the weeks leading up to the session.

Whether or not you participate in these pre-orientation programs, all students should plan to attend new student orientation if they are able to. Further move-in instructions and new student orientation details can be found below.

New Student Move-In Day

Given the COVID-19 travel order announced July 24, 2020, a revised move-in plan is under development and will be updated as soon as it is available.

Welcome to WPI!

Important Dates – All New Students

  • Move-In Day
    August 26 – August 29*

Academic Affairs, Residential Services and Student Activities staff, along with the entire WPI Community, are already planning for your arrival as a member of the Class of 2024.

In order to promote social distancing and other health and safety behaviors, first-year students will be assigned a specific date and time to move into their residences between Wednesday, August 26 and Saturday, August 29, 2020*. Do not make any travel arrangements until you have signed up for a move-in time directly through the Residential Services Office. Early arrivals cannot be accommodated.

*Note: Reference Aug. 7 email from Residential Services for individual move-in day assignments.

Each student may bring one helper to move their belongings into their assigned residence. All visitors, including family should plan to leave campus immediately after assisting with move-in.

More details are available on the Moving In page, with more to come as the date approaches.

IMPORTANT: Should you need to make travel arrangements before you are able to select a move-in day and time, it’s strongly advised that you secure overnight accommodations in the event that your move-in day and time do not align with your travel plans.

New Student Orientation On-Campus

College Life Begins!

Important Dates – All New Students

  • First Day of NSO
    Student Assigned Move-in Day
  • Last Day of NSO: August 30
  • NSO for Commuters and Virtual Learners
    August 30
  • First Day of Classes: August 31

New Student Orientation (NSO) will begin on the day that a new incoming student moves into their Residence Hall (starting on 8/27) and will conclude on Sunday, August 30.

All commuters and virtual learners will be invited to participate in New Student Orientation on Sunday, August 30.

Regardless of when you arrive on campus, all students will have access to the necessary resources and information for a successful and supportive transition to campus.

Numerous online programs as well as in-person meetings on campus, adhering to meeting and event guidelines, will be offered. Below are the NSO schedules based on your assigned move-in date:

These schedules will be available on the NSO Canvas site and will be distributed at move-in check-in. Transfer and commuter students will be able to access their schedule on Canvas soon, and will receive a copy at the registration table in the Rubin Campus Center upon arrival on August 30. Schedules for students who are fully remote (not on campus) will be available online via Canvas as well.

If you have disability-related concerns about accessing online material for NSO, email Christine Sharry at or call 508-831-5658 by Monday, August 10. For any questions prior to your arrival, contact the core planning team for NSO at or contact the Welcome Office (, 508-831-5381). We look forward to welcoming you in just a few short weeks!