Orientation Resources

Student Resources

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.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Visit our academic calendar for a full list of upcoming dates and deadlines. 

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Academic Advising & Placement Testing

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 2023), 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:

  • Checking your Wright State email regularly
  • Taking the initiative to contact your advisor
  • Planning ahead; during busy times of the year, your advisor’s schedule will fill up quickly
  • Keeping your documents organized and bringing important materials with you to your advising appointment
  • Reviewing your degree audit (uAchieve) or program of study before your appointments
  • Reviewing course options before appointments and bringing a list of potential courses to take in the semester
  • Asking questions

When to Meet with Your Academic Advisor

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.

  • Are you a first-year student? You must meet with an advisor before registering for classes for the next semester.
  • Are you on academic probation? You must meet with your advisor each semester to schedule classes for the next semester.
  • What is your major? You may be required to meet with an advisor each semester depending on your major. Discuss this with your advisor.

Contacting Your Academic Advisor

For your first semester (Fall Semester 2023), 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 Assessment

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.

  • Math: the Math Department will use criteria such as grades in specific high school math courses, high school GPA, ACT or SAT scores, transfer credit, or the ALEKS Math Placement test score to determine your Math Placement Level, which will then influence the specific math course you should take in your first semester. Your intended major determines the math course(s) you need.
  • English: the English Department will use criteria such as high school GPA, ACT or SAT scores, transfer credit, or the Wright State University writing placement assessment score to determine your Writing Placement Level, which will then influence the specific English course you should take in your first semester. 

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.

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Course Registration

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.

Complete Required Acknowledgment

  1. Sign in to WINGS Express.
  2. Select the Student and Financial Aid tab.
  3. Select the Registration and Records link.
  4. Select the Required Acknowledgment link.
  5. Select the Term from the drop-down list and click the Submit button.
  6. Choose to Accept or Decline Student Health Insurance.
  7. Agree to the terms and conditions for the Statement of Financial Responsibility.
  8. Optional: Set up emergency text messaging.

Use the Class Search Tool

  1. Sign in to WINGS Express.
  2. Select the Student and Financial Aid tab.
  3. Select the Registration and Records link.
  4. Select the Look Up Classes link.
  5. Select the Campus Site (Dayton or Lake).
  6. Select the Term from the drop-down list and click the Submit button.
  7. Use the Subject up and down arrows to scroll through all available subjects. Note: You MUST select at least one subject and can choose multiple subjects by using the Shift or Ctrl key. You can refine your search by entering information in the additional fields.
  8. Select All Terms.
  9. Click the Class Search button. Click on CRN number to check for prereq, corequisite, WL, etc., departmental signatures.
  10. Course information will be listed. If you would like to register for the course, place a checkmark in the Select box of the desired course and click the Add to Worksheet button. Determining the CRNs (Course Reference Numbers) for the courses you would like to register for beforehand will greatly expedite the registration process. To select multiple subjects, click on the first subject then scroll to the next subject and click with pressing the Ctrl key. Once you click the Class Search button you will get an alphabetical listing of all the subjects selected.
  11. Click the Class Search button at the bottom of the screen to search for additional courses.

Register for Classes

  1. Sign in to WINGS Express.
  2. Select the Student and Financial Aid tab.
  3. Select the Registration and Records link.
  4. Select the Term from the drop-down list and click the Submit button.
  5. If you would like to view your registration time and any holds or restrictions you may have, select the Registration Status link.
  6. Click the Add or Drop Classes link to begin registration.
  7. If you know the CRN (Course Reference Number), you can enter it directly in the CRN field on the “Add Classes Worksheet.”
  8. Alternatively, you can click the Class Search button to look up classes.
  9. Select the Subject, Campus Site, and Part of Term from the drop-down lists. You can refine your search by entering more detailed information. All listed prerequisites should be completed prior to enrollment. Contact your academic advisor if you are unsure whether you have met all requirements.
  10. Click the Class Search button.
  11. Place a checkmark in the Select box of the desired course and click the Add to Worksheet button or click the Submit Changes button if you’re certain about your selection. Note: Co-requisite courses MUST be taken together. For example lab, lecture, and recitation; writing-intensive course and its writing component.

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. 

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Living On or Off Campus

Living on Campus

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.

Top reasons to live on campus

  • Convenient: Go ahead and hit that snooze button one more time—you can roll out of bed and stroll to class.
  • Options: From your number of roommates to meals to bringing your car, you get to call the shots!
  • Spacious: Don’t cramp your style…or your living space. Each apartment includes a full kitchen, dining room, living room, and at least two bathrooms.
  • Community: Create a chosen family of close friends and forge relationships to last a lifetime.
  • Inclusive: With students from across the country and of all abilities and identities, you’ll experience the diversity of thought, culture, and expression.
  • Affordable: Choose to live in one of the most affordable university campus housing communities in the state. Plus, all utilities are included.
  • Fair: You will not be locked into a contract beyond the academic year or if you are no longer a Lake Campus student.

Already applied for campus housing?

You will receive your housing assignment in July via email and through the housing portal.

Commuting to Campus

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!

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Campus Dining

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 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. 

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Wright1 Card (Campus ID)

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:

  1. Log in to WINGS Express.
  2. Select the Student and Financial Aid tab.
  3. Select the Wright1 Card and Meal Plan Services option.
  4. Select RaiderCash Deposits to buy RaiderCash with credit card or electronic check.

RaiderCash is accepted at:

  • Print stations
  • The Boathouse
  • Campus bookstores
  • Vending machines

FA RaiderCash

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:

  1. Log in to WINGS Express.
  2. Select the Student and Financial Aid tab.
  3. Select the Wright1 Card and Meal Plan Services option.
  4. Select the Wright1 FA Deposit Using Financial Aid to deposit excess financial aid

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Student Accounts, Financial Aid, and Billing

Computer Accounts

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.

Financing Your Education

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, 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.

Paying for College

There are three basic steps you will need to complete.


Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), complete all financial aid requirements, and accept your financial aid offers.

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.


Explore Payment Options

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.


Pay Your Bill

The best way to pay your student account is online through WINGS Express.

  1. Log in to WINGS Express.
  2. Select the Student and Financial Aid link.
  3. Select the Student Fees link.
  4. Select Student Account Options and click “Make Payment.”

Online payment options:

  • E-check—A debit entry is processed from your checking or savings account.
  • Debit card—Funds are deducted from your checking or savings account provided the transaction limit set by your bank is high enough to accommodate the payment. Check with your financial institution regarding your daily debit limit and if debit cards can be used in online transactions.
  • Credit card—VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted online for tuition payments. A 2.85 percent convenience fee is assessed on all credit card payments.

Required Acknowledgments

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.

Tuition Insurance Program

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. 

How to Give a Family Member or Other Third Party Permission to Access your Accounts

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).

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Computer Accounts

Wright State Computer Accounts

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., 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. 

Network Platforms

WINGS, the campus portal found at, is your one-stop online portal to access several campus systems, services, and information.

  • Sign in with your Campus Username (e.g., w000abc) and password.
  • Access your email, WINGS Express, Pilot, the password change system, and other resources.
  • Find campus news and information.

WINGS Express, found through WINGS or directly by going to, is your personal, self-service site you’ll use to access important university services.

  • Sign in with your Campus Username and password to WINGS, and click on the WINGS Express icon.
  • Access your class schedule, class registration, final grades, financial information, student employee timecards, and more.

Pilot is the academic portal to access course information, assignments, check your grades, and more.

  • Sign in with your Campus Username (e.g., w000abc) or through the Pilot icon on the WINGS campus portal.
  • Review the available courses. If your faculty member uses Pilot for their course, the course materials, syllabus, and other important information will be available for your use.
  • Turn in assignments, complete activities, and check your assignment and final grades through Pilot.

Office 365 is the university email and calendar service.

  • Sign in through the email icon in the WINGS campus portal.
  • Check your Wright State email.
  • Find your university calendar. Other students, faculty, and staff can invite you to meetings with this calendar.
  • Access your 50 GB of online storage with the OneDrive for Business service.

Wright State Mobile App

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.

Technology Services and Assistance

Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS) offers many technology services and can help you work through many common and complex connectivity, software, and hardware issues.

  • PrintWright printers are available in several computer labs and locations around campus. You must use Wright1 Card RaiderCash to pay for your prints.
  • Laptops2Go is where registered students can check out a Windows laptop from the Lake Campus Help Desk, free of charge, to use while on campus.
  • Help Desk is your go-to for university technology assistance. While on campus, visit the Help Desk in 178 Dwyer Hall. When off campus, you can contact the CaTS Help Desk at 937-775-4827,

Free Software and Online Services

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 and Hardware Discounts

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.


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Life on Campus

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. 

Campus Events

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

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

  • Type in your Campus Username (e.g., w000abc) and password.
  • Browse the organizations and read the organization profiles.
  • You can communicate with organization members to see if theirs is the right fit for you.

Campus Recreation

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.

On-Campus Employment

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. 

Classroom Involvement

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.

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Campus Resources

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