Potomac State Orientation Events

EVENT INFORMATION

You’re a Catamount now – ready to launch into the best years of your life.  Your participation at a Potomac State Orientation (PSO) 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. PSO

During a PSO event, you will have the opportunity to learn about your academic program by speaking with an academic advisor to finalize your class schedule, complete placement testing (if necessary), meet individually with financial aid counselors to discuss your financial aid package, 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 six residence halls.  Also, if you haven’t already, you’ll have an opportunity to take a walking tour of our campus.

Informational tables will be set up throughout the event.  We encourage you to visit all the tables and explore the services that Potomac State College provides to keep our students safe, healthy, happy, connected and well fed.  College can be challenging, so it’s important to have help along the way.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Not registered yet?  It’s a piece of cake.  Complete your Registration online.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

All first-time freshman, parents, guardians and spouses are welcome to attend Potomac State Orientation.

WHAT WILL I DO?

Be sure to set your alarm, we start the day early!  Check in, help yourself to some refreshments and settle in for our Welcome Session.  Complete Agenda and PSO Checklist

CLAIM YOUR ACCOUNT

Prior to attending a Potomac State Orientation (PSO) event, you will need to claim your account to have access to the WVU Portal.  During the PSO you will need access to the WVU Portal for placement testing, if required. 

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 login.wvu.edu and click on “Claim Account”
  2. Enter your name, date of birth and the WVU ID provided on your acceptance letter
  3. You will then receive the information needed to access the WVU Portal

BRING YOUR BEST SMILE FOR YOUR PHOTO ID

Be sure to bring your best smile, you’ll need it when you have your photo taken for your Potomac State College ID card.  Please note that you must bring a state-issued or current high school photo ID for proof of identity to have your PSC student ID processed.

HOW AM I PLACED IN MATH AND ENGLISH CLASSES?

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.

AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE PLACEMENT TEST?

Math Placement Information

  • Students who have no ACT/SAT scores on file or have below a 19 ACT (math section only) or 500 SAT (math section only, taken after March 1, 2016) or 460 SAT (math section only, taken prior to March 1, 2016), are required to take the ALEKS math placement assessment
  • Self-paced test, time varies
  • Calculators will be provided by ALEKS, when needed
  • Click here for math requirements for each major
  • Click here for additional placement testing information

English Placement Information

  • Students who have no ACT/SAT scores on file or have below an 18 ACT (English section only) or 480 SAT (ERW section only, taken after March 1, 2016) or 450 SAT (Verbal section only, taken prior to March 1, 2016), are required to take the ACCUPLACER sentence skills assessment
  • Self-paced test, time varies
  • Click here  for additional placement testing information

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.    Click here for printable directions. 

CAMPUS MAP

Use our campus map to navigate your new home.  Want to explore further before arriving for orientation?  Enjoy a unique aerial tour of 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.  Click here for accommodations.

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