New Student Orientation

Get ready to be part of Bishop Nation!

At NC Wesleyan, New Student Orientation is called WesWay! WesWay assists students in making the transition to college and teaches the Wesleyan way of life. For students enrolling in the Fall semester, WesWay is a three-part experience: WES 101, WesWay Day, and WesWay Weekend.

1) The Course:

WES 101 is an online course that students take in the weeks leading up to the start of classes. The course has videos and PowerPoints and prepares students for their WesWay Day. Upon deposit, students receive instructions on how to access the course through the student portal (

2) The Day:

WesWay Day occurs over the summer. It is the day that students come to campus and meet staff and faculty, along with new Bishop friends! Students are able to handle any college business and familiarize themselves with the campus. Wesleyan offers multiple WesWay Days and students can sign up for the day they prefer. Each WesWay Day lasts from 9 am – 3:30 pm and students and parents should expect to stay for the duration of the event. Dress for warm summer walks around campus and bring a sweater for chilly indoor classrooms. Let your admissions counselor know if you need accommodations to comfortably travel on campus. Register below!

Have you already deposited? If so, it’s time to sign up for your WesWay Day! Please register here for one of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, July 16
  • Tuesday, July 23
  • Tuesday, August 6


  • 9:00-9:30 am |  Check In
  • 9:30-10:00 am  |  Welcome Greetings
  • 10:00 am – 11:30 am |  Student Activities, Academic Advising, Bookstore and ID Pictures
  • 10:00 am – 11:30 am |  Parent Sessions with Provost, Dean of Students, and Campus Safety
  • 11:00 pm – 12:45 pm |  Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm |  Business Office and Financial Aid Meetings with students and parents
  • 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm |  Bishop Bistro open for treats

3) The Weekend:

WesWay Weekend is the big orientation event in August when new students check in, move in, attend informative sessions and have a blast with fun activities on campus! WesWay Weekend will kick-off on Friday, August 16, 2024 with new student arrival and last through Tuesday, August 20, 2024. This weekend includes required student activities, information sessions, New Student Convocation, and more so clear your calendars now!  Classes will begin on Wednesday, August 21, 2024.

A full schedule of events will be emailed to students as the weekend approaches. For more information on your WesWay Orientation Experience, or to ask a question, please email

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New Student Orientation Resources

First Year Mentors are Here to Help YOU!

First Year Mentors are a team of dedicated and constructive student leaders that are passionate about NC Wesleyan University and believe in every student’s success. From the beginning at New Student Welcome and throughout the fall semester, First Year Mentors help new students connect with the Wesleyan community. They serve as mentors and role models to first-year students, and attend an assigned COL 103 course section to be accessible and provide insight as a mentor.


Learn more and meet our First Year Mentors HERE!

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Am I required to attend a WesWay Day over the summer?

Yes, all new students must register and attend a WesWay Day.

Do I need to register for WesWay Orientation Weekend in August?

No, WesWay Orientation Weekend begins with campus move-in and students do not need to register.

Do I have to take any placement exams?

Some students will need to take an English placement exam. If you do, you will be contacted prior to your registered WesWay Day, and will have the opportunity to take the exam during WesWay Day.

When will I find out who my roommate is?

Students will be notified the third week of July about roommate and housing information.

How many people am I allowed to bring to a WesWay Day?

Each student is only allowed to bring a maximum of 2 guests and these guests must be registered for the WesWay day as well.

What should I wear to a WesWay Day?

Please dress comfortably and be prepared to walk around campus. In the summer it may be very hot outside and very cool inside.

Do parents and families attend WesWay Orientation Weekend?

WesWay Orientation Weekend is part three of Orientation that kicks off with campus move-in. Parents and families are encouraged to assist the student with move in on that Friday. Parents and families are requested to depart in the afternoon. Please see the full schedule for details.

Do I need to register for classes?

Students are registered for classes by their academic advisor prior to the WesWay Day. You will receive your course schedule at WesWay Day and have the opportunity to meet with your advisor about your course schedule.

How do I access my college email account?

The Office of Admissions will send you information about accessing your college email account to your personal email account.

When do I get my textbooks?

You will have time built into your orientation schedule to go to the bookstore and pick up your textbooks before classes begin for the semester.

I am living on campus. What should I bring for my Residence Hall room when I move-in?

A complete list of what to bring can be found here.

I am a student with a disability. How do I get accommodations at NC Wesleyan?

Students needing any form of accommodations based on an academic, mental, or physical disability must register with the Office of Disability Services. Students register by completing a Self-Identification and Impact Statement and Consent for Release of Confidential Information, which can be found on the NC Wesleyan website under Health Services. Additionally each student must provide current and comprehensive documentation to the Office of CDS of a temporary or permanent disability that requires accommodation. Specific documentation guidelines categorized by disability are outlined in the Disability Services Handbook also located on the website. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP), 504 plan, or Disability Accommodations at a previous institution are not considered sufficient documentation, but it can be submitted as supporting information in addition to a comprehensive assessment.

Hotel Accommodations

Visiting the Rocky Mount Area
Parents, the Rocky Mount community is excited about your visit! We are hoping that you will stay in one of our local hotels while your student is staying on campus.

Comfort Inn
200 Gateway Blvd.
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Courtyard Marriott – Gateway
250 Gateway Blvd.
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

DoubleTree – Gateway
651 N. Winstead Ave.
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Days Inn
Golden East
1340 N. Wesleyan Blvd.
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Holiday Inn
200 Enterprise Drive
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Hampton Inn
530 N Winstead Ave
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
(252) 937-6333

Homewood Suites
231 Gateway Blvd
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
(252) 451-4004

Residence Inn
230 Gateway Blvd.
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

*There are LOTS of great things to do in Rocky Mount for an enjoyable stay!

Please visit for a full listing of entertainment, restaurants and shops!