New Student Orientation

Get ready to be part of Bishop Nation!

At NC Wesleyan, New Student Orientation is a two-part orientation experience. First, students attend a summer orientation day that we call “Bishop Business Day.” Bishop Business Day gives students the chance to take care of important business and begin to build relationships within the Bishop Family. Due to COVID-19, all Bishop Business Days are virtual and held through the student portal, Please click on the “Register Today” button to register for your Virtual Bishop Business Day!

*In order to register, you must have submitted your enrollment deposit.

Students are encouraged to complete orientation modules within the student portal ( These modules include informative videos and related quiz questions that will help orient students to campus. Students are automatically enrolled in these modules when they register for their BBD date. Please pay attention to your student email over the summer for instructions on how to access the online content through the student portal!

The second part of New Student Orientation is called “New Student Welcome.” New Student Welcome begins on the Friday before classes begin, when new students move in on campus. The weekend is full of fun and exciting activities, as well as some required sessions on campus life and security. You do not have to register for New Student Welcome!

For more information, contact the First Year Experience team:

Ben Lilley

Ben Lilley
First Year Experience Advisor

Taylor Stone

Taylor Stone
Director of Student Success & First Year Experience

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Part 1: Virtual Bishop Business Day

  • Watch informative videos
  • See your course schedule
  • Make schedule changes
  • Have appointments with Financial Aid and the Business Office
  • Learn about life on campus

Summer 2020 Dates:

  • Friday, June 19 CLOSED
  • Tuesday, July 21
  • Tuesday, July 28 (Football* & Summer Bridge Students Only)
  • Tuesday, August 4

NOTE: In order to register, you must have submitted your enrollment deposit.

Please note that any Frequently Asked Questions below related to on-campus Bishop Business Days do not apply during the Summer of 2020, as the BBDs are held entirely online.

*Date subject to change based on NCAA determination of camp report date.

Part 2: New Student Welcome

More details will be shared closer to August in your student email, but here’s a sneak peek!

  • Friday, August 14 – New students move in, student social
  • Saturday, August 15 – Campus Scavenger hunt, required campus life and security sessions
  • Sunday, August 16 – Campus worship, library meet-n-greet
  • Monday, August 17 – Classroom building tours, advising, student activities for whole campus
  • Tuesday, August 18 – New Student Convocation, Aftershock Event
  • Wednesday, August 19 – Classes begin

New Student Orientation Info

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

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!

First Year Mentors are a team of dedicated and constructive student leaders that are passionate about NC Wesleyan College 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 195 course section to be accessible and provide insight as a mentor.


Learn more and meet our First Year Mentors HERE!

Q: Am I required to attend Bishop Business Day?

A:  Yes, all new students must register and attend a Bishop Business Day.


Q: How many people am I allowed to bring to Bishop Business Day?

A: We ask that you only bring 3-4 guests with you to Bishop Business Day.


Q: What should I wear to Bishop Business Day?

A: Please dress comfortably and be prepared to walk around campus.


Q: Do I need to register for New Student Welcome?

A: No, New Student Welcome begins with campus move-in and students do not need to register.


Q: Do parents and families attend New Student Welcome?

A: New Student Welcome is part two of New Student Orientation that kicks off with campus move-in. Parents and families are encouraged to attend the Refreshment Social on that Friday celebrating the beginning of college for their student. Parents and families are requested to depart immediately following the social. Please see the full schedule for details.


Q:  Do I need to register for classes?

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


Q:  How do I access my college email account?

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


Q: Do I have to take any placement exams?

A: Some students will need to take a math placement exam.  If you do, you will be contacted prior to your registered Bishop Business Day, and will have the opportunity to take the exam during Bishop Business Day.


Q:  When do I get my textbooks?

A:  All students will pick up their textbooks from the bookstore during New Student Welcome in August.


Q:  When will I find out who my roommate is?

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


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

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


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

A: 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.