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Welcome to the WVU Family - get ready to launch into the best years of your life.

Your participation in a New Student Orientation (NSO) session is the next step in ensuring your success as a college student. Faculty, staff and administrators will be there to assist you with any questions you may have and help you prepare for your first semester. 

What Will I Do?  

During a NSO event, you will have the opportunity to speak with an academic advisor to learn more about your major and discuss your course schedule, meet individually with financial aid counselors to discuss your financial aid package, and get ready for move-in day by meeting with our housing and residence life staff to ask questions and reserve a room in one of our residence halls.  Also, if you haven’t already, you’ll have an opportunity to take a walking tour of our campus.

Haven't Registered Yet?

Choose from one of our four in-person NSO dates:

Monday, May 15, 2023

Friday, June 16, 2023

Friday, July 14, 2023

Friday, August 4, 2023

Before You Come - Claim Your Account

Prior to attending a New Student Orientation (NSO) event, you will need to claim your account to have access to the WVU Portal. You do not need to complete this step if you have enrolled in ACCESS courses at any WVU campus and have already claimed your account.

You also will use the WVU Portal to access STAR and eCampus – very important online programs.  Through the Portal, you can send and receive emails, pay tuition and fees and access your student records, such as grades, financial aid details and student/billing information. We encourage you to check your email regularly for important information and deadline dates you will need for the start of the fall semester.

Follow These Steps to Claim Your Account:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Claim Account”
  3. Enter First and Last Name, Date of Birth, and WVU ID number
  4. Read and accept WVU Security Responsibility Statement
  5. Complete and submit the Cybersecurity Quiz
  6. Create your password by following self-guided instructions

Make it Official — Submit Your Photo ID

Upload your photo for your official WVU Potomac State College ID. Students will be able to pick up their photo ID during Welcome Week. Continue to check your MIX email account for more information

How am I Placed in Math and English Courses?

WVU Potomac State College is committed to student success. Our goal is to help students succeed academically and to progress toward graduation in a timely manner. With this in mind, students are placed into math and English courses based on prerequisites or placement scores. Students may place by ACT Math and English score, SAT Math and English score, scores on the ALEKS Math Assessment, scores on the ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills assessment.  

Learn more about placement testing 
Orientation Event Location and Directions

The event is held at the Church McKee Arts Center and parking is available on both sides of the building. Get directions to WVU Potomac State College

Explore Campus

Take a  virtual tour of your new home. Want to explore further before arriving to campus? Enjoy a unique  aerial tour of WVU Potomac State College.

Where Will I Stay?

Nearby lodging options are available if you plan on traveling the day before orientation and need a place to stay.  View local accommodations.

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