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Welcome to the Lake Campus family!
We understand you will have many questions as you prepare for Wright State. We're here to help. We've compiled important resources to ensure a smooth transition into your college experience.
The safety and wellness of Wright State students have always been our top priority. Extra precautions are being taken during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep our students, faculty, employees, and visitors safe. We will continue to monitor the pandemic in partnership with Greene and Mercer County Public Health Departments and the State of Ohio and we will comply with guidelines and mandates as they evolve.
Academics: Our classroom capacity is currently at 100 percent. Many synchronous (real-time) online courses have reverted to in-person offerings, while asynchronous (on-demand) online classes will continue as planned to maintain maximum flexibility and convenience for students. Offerings will vary by course and by faculty members, so please pay careful attention to course syllabi. Whether students attend classes in-person or online, our goal is to provide all of our students with an engaging, high-quality education.
Residence Life and Housing: Our residential housing villas are currently open for students who want to live in an on-campus apartment.
Visit our academic calendar for a full list of upcoming dates and deadlines.
Academic advising is one of the greatest tools you can use as a student. Professional academic advisors are trained to help you achieve your goals. They will work with you to explore majors, explain degree requirements, and help you formulate a plan for academic success. For your first semester (Fall Semester 2022), you will meet with your academic advisor at orientation and during your meeting you will register for Fall Semester courses. For all future semesters, contact your advisor early in the term to discuss your schedule for the following semester, especially if you require advisor approval prior to registering for classes.
Academic advising is a partnership between you and your advisor. You contribute to the success of this partnership by:
Academic advising is an ongoing process. Visit your advisor regularly to stay on track for graduation. You should contact your advisor any time you have questions or concerns.
For your first semester (Fall Semester 2022), you will meet with your academic advisor at orientation and during your meeting you will register for Fall Semester courses. For all future semesters, contact them by phone or email to ask questions or set up an advising appointment. Academic advising appointments are available in person, over the phone, or virtually using WebEx. You can contact your advisor by phone or email to ask questions.
Placement assessments help determine which courses best fit your current skill level. This allows you to get the most from your education and assists you in progressing through your academic program as efficiently and successfully as possible.
At the Lake Campus, the discussion of placement testing occurs between the student and the academic advisor at orientation. Lake Campus students are not required to complete placement testing before orientation. During orientation your advisor may recommend placement testing, based on your entry level courses and how they may affect your graduation plan.
Wright State University considers multiple factors in the math and writing placement process. The highest of any of the following criteria will be used to determine your Math Placement Level and Writing Placement Level.
To have the opportunity to place into a higher-level math and/or writing courses, you can take the ALEKS Math Placement test or the Wright State University Writing Placement assessment right from home.
Submit any updated ACT or SAT scores or college transcripts showing course credit. You can see your current ACT or SAT scores on file in the Admissions Portal.
You should know how to complete the following tasks related to classes and registration. If you do not have your campus username, call Wright State’s Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS) at 937-775-4827.
If you need to change your schedule, contact your academic advisor. Your advisor cannot make changes on your behalf, but there may be a PIN preventing changes without their approval. If you registered and wish to drop one or more of your classes, you must log in to WINGS Express and complete the steps to drop the course(s), after receiving any necessary approvals. Consult the academic calendar for dropped course tuition refund dates.
Our housing team works hard to create opportunities for you to make connections and have fun. Who knows? Your neighbors may become your new best friends.
You will receive your housing assignment in July via email and through the housing portal.
Lake Campus is home to many students, including many that will commute to campus every day like you. Commuting students do not have parking tags, and can park anywhere in the main parking lot shared with the YMCA, with a few exceptions. Review a parking map and Lake Campus parking areas before your first day!
The on-campus cafeteria, the Boathouse, is open weekdays and offers a variety of made-to-order or grab-and-go options for breakfast and/or lunch. Students can pay for meals using cash, debit, credit, or their Wright1 Card. There is a microwave available in The Boathouse if students should choose to pack a meal. Commuter meal plans are available for all students to purchase, if desired, and more information will be posted at a later date.
Your Wright1 Card is a library card, prepaid debit card (RaiderCash), and photo ID. You can also use your card to purchase textbooks and supplies in our campus bookstore or receive big discounts at local participating restaurants and other services.
RaiderCash is loaded to your card and can be used anywhere the card is accepted, including most campus vending machines. RaiderCash does not expire—the balance rolls over from semester to semester and year to year. Refunds are available upon request when you permanently separate from the university. RaiderCash can be added to your Wright1 Card through WINGS Express.
Adding RaiderCash to Your Wright1 Card
You can make RaiderCash deposits online through your WINGS Express account, with check or cash at Enrollment Services, or with cash using the deposit station on campus.
To purchase RaiderCash online:
RaiderCash is accepted at:
If you want to use your financial aid refund to buy your textbooks at the Lake Campus Bookstore with your Wright1 Card, you must transfer your remaining financial aid funds to your FA RaiderCash account. You can deposit excess financial aid funds to your RaiderCash account starting August 1 (Fall Semester), December 1 (Spring Semester), and April 1 (Summer Semester) at Enrollment Services or online through WINGS Express. These funds roll over each semester. Any funds remaining at the end of Spring Semester are automatically refunded to you.
To transfer your financial aid refund to your FA RaiderCash online:
Your Wright State accounts are how you access your email, access WINGS to register for classes, take advantage of campus services, and more. You can find them in the Admissions Portal.
Enrollment Services is here to help! We assist you with financial aid, student accounts/billing, and registration services. You can contact the office via phone at 419-586-0300, email at email@example.com, or in person inside the main entrance of Dwyer Hall. You do not need an appointment to talk with an enrollment services advisor to get help navigating the financial aid and billing processes.
There are three basic steps you will need to complete.
If you haven't already done so, submit your FAFSA to be considered for grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships. After submitting your FAFSA, be sure to check WINGS Express to ensure you complete all financial aid requirements and accept all requested financial aid prior to the fee payment deadline each semester. And remember, you will need to complete a new FAFSA starting in October each academic year.
Payment Plans: Looking for an affordable way to pay for your educational costs? Spread out the cost of your education by using an installment payment plan.
College Savings Plans: Have a college savings plan, like a College Advantage or other 529 plan? We accept payment from those savings plans. Work with the provider of your plan to make payment arrangements 30 days prior to payment deadlines.
Additional Loan Options: You and your family members have loan options to help bridge the gap between your financial aid award notice and the balance due.
A $50 late fee is assessed each month that your student account goes unpaid, or when payment plan installments are unpaid or late. If your account is unpaid, a hold will be placed on your account and you will not be able to register for classes until the balance is paid.
The best way to pay your student account is online through WINGS Express.
Online payment options:
I don’t even know what to about health insurance?!?!
Every semester, you will be asked to approve or decline several services offered to all students. Review the options below so you are prepared to decide on each of these options during registration.
Wright State partners with Grad Guard to offer a tuition insurance program that provides financial protection should you experience an unexpected emergency. Grad Guard covers your full tuition, housing, and fees should you need to withdraw from school due to illness, injury, mental health disorder, or any other covered reason at any time during the semester. You can purchase the insurance before the first day of classes each semester.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents third parties (parent, spouse, employer, etc.) from having access to your student record without your consent. If, however, you would like to grant consent to your parent, spouse, employer, or other third parties, follow the instructions found on the Student Proxy Access webpage.
Proxy access grants the designee access to student-designated records online. If you would like a designee to have access to speak or meet with Wright State faculty and staff, you will need to submit a Student Authorization for Release of Information (FERPA Release).
Your Campus Username (also known as your W username, e.g., w000abc) is necessary to access WINGS, log into lab computers, and access other university computing resources.
Your Office 365 email address consists of your last name followed by a period and a number (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org). Email is the official communication at Wright State and how you will receive important notices from the university.
Visit our Accounts and Passwords page to learn more about your campus accounts, what they are used for, and how to change your password.
Pilot is the academic portal to access course information, assignments, check your grades, and more.
Office 365 is the university email and calendar service.
Access your Wright State email, check your grades and schedule, find contact info, and more on the Wright State Mobile app (powered by Ellucian Go) found on the App Store or Google Play store. Also, be sure to check out other apps that will be useful during your Wright State journey.
Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS) offers many technology services and can help you work through many common and complex connectivity, software, and hardware issues.
You have free access to the Office 365 ProPlus program and Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. You can install software on up to five personally-owned computers, tablets, and mobile devices.
Additional software is available to you through the online software store OnTheHub. CaTS also offers free virus scanning and security software to help you maintain the health of your computer and keep network resources running efficiently.
Software licensing can get you significant savings on software from companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe.
Considering buying a new computer? You can get hardware discounts from companies like Apple, Dell, and others.
Wright State students know that being involved on campus enhances their college experience. You meet new friends and learn important skills while having a lot of fun!
Take advantage of all that the Lake Campus has to offer. College is the time to learn about new things or to step outside of your comfort zone. Professional networking, service opportunities, and resume-building are just a few of the added benefits of campus engagement.
Check your Wright State email and follow the Lake Campus on social media for regular updates and announcements regarding involvement opportunities with student organizations, the Alumni Association, student employment/internships, athletics, faculty research, diversity initiatives committee, and more!
Student organizations are a great way to meet people who share your interests, develop leadership skills, and make an impact on the university and community, all while having fun.
Explore both Lake and Dayton campus student organizations at wright.edu/engage.
Lake Campus is partnered with the Mercer Auglaize YMCA to allow our registered students free access to the facilities. Simply visit the YMCA and provide them with your Wright1 Card and class schedule for the semester. Your membership is available to you while the semester is in session.
Whether through a federal Work-Study program or through regular student employment, working on campus is a great way to meet mentors, learn valuable skills, and earn money to help pay for your expenses. On-campus, part-time job opportunities are available to eligible students through On-Campus Student Employment, administered by Wright State Career Services. New job postings are added throughout the year; make sure to search by Lake Campus. Although special qualifications may occasionally be indicated, on-campus student employment typically does not require a specific major. Student employment positions generally accommodate a student’s class schedule.
Going to class regularly will not only help you learn the course material and increase your chances of earning a good grade, but it also opens the door to opportunities outside of class. Your classmates will become your study partners, your best friends, and your biggest allies.
Your professors are great resources for finding opportunities to gain real-world experience in your field. They help you get research experience, find internships, and explore co-op experiences that will help you after graduation.
Finding the right college means finding the right fit. See all that Wright State University–Lake Campus has to offer by visiting campus.