August Events & Orientation

We can’t wait to welcome you to WPI!

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 and fall classes. This is one of the most special times of year at WPI, and we are doing all we can to make it possible for students and their families, faculty, and staff to be on campus to experience it. Nothing is more important that the health and safety of our community.

We are actively conducting formal scenario planning for fall, including the planning and implementation of our Pre-Orientation and New Student Orientation programs. This work is evolving and we will communicate with you as details become available. (Visit our main Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about WPI’s overall response.)

All dates and times listed below are subject to change. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we continue to navigate this complex and challenging situation.

Pre-Orientation Programs

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

International Students:

  • Move-In Day – August 19
  • Pre-Orientation – August 20-August 22
    If arriving before August 17, please contact

Connections Program:

  • Move-In Day – August 15
  • Pre-orientation – August 15-August 22
    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 20.  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 – date to be announced.

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

Welcome to WPI!

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 2024. Move-in is Sunday, August 23. When you move in, 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
    To Be Announced
  • New Student Orientation 
    To Be Announced
  • Family Orientation/Schedule
    To Be Announced
  • First Day of Classes
    To Be Announced

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!