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. WesWay is a three-part experience: WesWay 101, WesWay Day, and WesWay Weekend.

1) The Course: WesWay 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.

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.

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!

For our students starting in Spring of 2021, January’s WesWay experience is a bit different from the fall WesWay experience. Students will be sent information on how to access and complete their WesWay 101 course online, beginning in late November 2020. The in-person orientation experience for students will be held on January 19th and 20th. Classes will start on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Please check your NCWC email in early January for the full schedule of orientation events happening January 19th-21st! In addition you will receive more detailed information in your NCWC email about your specific check in and move in time.

Let us know you’ll be present for the orientation events! Please click on the “Register Today” button to register for your WesWay Orientation Experience in January 2021!

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

For more information on your WesWay Orientation Experience please email or a member of the Student Success Team below!

Ben Lilley

Ben Lilley
First Year Experience Advisor

Taylor Stone

Taylor Stone
Director of Student Success & First Year Experience

Here's a sneak peek of the WesWay events for January 2021!

Tuesday, January 19th

Detailed check-in instructions will be sent to your NCWC email!

  • Check In
    – Health Screening
    – ID Pictures & Parking Permits
    – Business Office & Financial Aid
    – Move-in
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Book Pick Up
  • 2:00 p.m.: Campus Tours
  • 3:00 p.m.: English Placement (for eligible students)
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Worldwide Welcome (International students only)
  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Dinner
  • 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.: Hartness Center Open

Wednesday, January 20th

  • 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Advising Appointments
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Work Study Session
  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Tech Talk
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Bystander Intervention (required)
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Title IX (required)
    15 Minute Break & T-Shirt Pick Up
  • 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Campus Safety (required)
  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Dinner
  • 8:00 p.m.: Movie Night

Thursday, January 21st

  • First Day of Classes

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.