Welcome Pioneer Families and Caregivers!  You are a critical member of the Pioneer community as you support your student through the transition into William Paterson University. Families/Guests are invited to participate in this Orientation experience designed for you!  You will hear presentations from many offices including Academic Development, Counseling, Health & Wellness, Financial Aid, Residence Life and more.  We will provide many opportunities to answer your questions and provide you with the information needed to help with your student's transition to WP.   

Mid-Year 2024 Orientation Resource

In case you missed the Orientation program on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, or would like to review some of the information that was discussed, here is the presentation from that day.

Check back for more info about Summer 2024 Orientation!

    Note: WP Online Students are not required to attend in-person orientations. You will receive information from your academic program. 

    Questions? Contact us at or 973-720-6206, Monday -  Friday from 9am - 5pm. 

    Orientation is a full day interactive experience, starting with registration and continental breakfast at 8:30am, with the program running from 9:00am - 2:00pm.  Lunch will be provided.   Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

    Please have your student click on the RSVP box to register for the parents, families and caregivers orientation, and include your contact information and email.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 973-720-6206 or

    Stay up to date with William Paterson news, events, resources, deadlines and newsletter by joining The William Paterson Family Portal.

    Parent / Family tips on how to prepare for Orientation
    • Have your student check their WP email for important information regarding orientation.
    • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, keeping in mind weather conditions.
    • Be prepared to separate from your student for half of the day.  Students will engage with other students, while you will participate with other families. 
    • Bring something to take notes.
    • This is your time to ask any lingering questions.
    • It’s ok to have different emotions.
    • Remember, orientation is about your student, be in the moment and be excited with and for them!

    Recorded Video Presentations

    • Accessibility Resource Center (ARC)

      Learn how the Accessibility Resource Center provides accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

    • Career Development Center

      Discover how the Career Development Center can assist your student through career counseling/coaching, campus recruiting opportunities for internships and job opportunities, and our professional mentoring program—the Pesce Family Mentoring Institute for students.

    • Cheng Library

      Get an overview of the many great resources and services provided by the Cheng Library!

    • Hospitality Services

      Hospitality Services is your guide to University ID cards, meal plans, Pioneer Express, campus dining, entertainment, and more!

    • Student Enrollment Services
      Student Enrollment Services (SES) is your one-stop shop for any inquiries related to billing and payments, financial aid and financial literacy, and current student records. As a trusted source of information with a goal to assist the university’s growing diverse and talented campus community, SES also offers consultations for students and families seeking help in managing the cost of attending William Paterson University. While they serve as the first administrative resource, they partner with the Offices of Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Registrar on complex issues to provide solutions.