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Office of Student Life

Commuter Student Programs

Commuter Student Programs

Having difficulty making the connection to WVU? We can help you make your transition a little easier. We provide fun activities where you can meet other students, academic progress counseling, referral information, information on campus events and activities, community service opportunities, and a place to relax between classes.

First-Year Academy (FYA) and New Student Welcome Information

If you are an incoming first-year student, please remember that you must attend the First-Year Academy events in order to receive credit in the First-Year Seminar class in which you are registered. FYA events take place on Saturday, August 16. For updated information, visit, or contact the First-Year Seminar Office at 304-293-2316. The New Student Welcome takes place at the Coliseum on Sunday, August 17. Please arrive by 1:30 PM, and be sure to stop by the Commuter/Transfer table at the Blue Gate entrance to receive your ticket. Commuters must also attend two Commuter Welcome Week events to receive points toward their final grade in the First-Year Seminar classes. See Upcoming Commuter Events below for a listing of these events.

On-Campus Job Opportunities

Need to work while attending WVU? The Office of Student Employment helps WVU students find part-time and seasonal employment in order to fund their college educations. Whether students are interested in seriously supplementing their financial aid, keeping themselves in pizza money, or upgrading their cell phone, the office can help with the job hunt.

Parking and Traffic Information

For information about University, public, and private parking lots in the Downtown and Evansdale campuses, see the Parking Info page.

Where are the Commuter Lounges?

The Downtown Commuter Lounge is located in Room 101 of Purinton House. Inside you will find a microwave and refrigerator, a TV and DVD player, comfortable couches and chairs, wireless Internet access, lockers to store your stuff in between classes, free local and national newspapers, and other commuters just like you! A few lockers in the Downtown Commuter Lounge in Purinton House are still available. If you need a locker, please email

Fall 2014 Downtown and Evansdale Commuter Lounge Hours:

  • Monday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Thursday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Places to Study

If the Commuter Lounges are a bit noisy and you are looking for a more subdued atmosphere where you can relax and study, then the Betty Boyd Lounge at Elizabeth Moore Hall is the place for you. Once inside, you can come in and check out one of the wireless laptops or just unwind on one of the many couches.

The Commuter Connection Newsletter

The Commuter Connection is WVU’s monthly commuter student newsletter, filled with information and advice specifically tailored for WVU’s commuter population. Current issues are emailed to students; current and archived issues can be found here:

Upcoming Commuter Events

  • Monday, August 18: Commuter Welcome Pizza Party, Downtown Commuter Lounge (101 Purinton House), 11 AM to 2 PM.
  • Tuesday, August 19: Ice Cream Social, Downtown Commuter Lounge, 2 to 4 PM.
  • Wednesday, August 20: Commuter Lounge Open House, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Thursday, August 21: Commuter Check In, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Stop by and let us know how your week is going! If you are having issues, we can help.

Important Dates to Remember

  • Monday, August 18: First day of classes.
  • Friday, August 22: Last day to add a class.
  • Monday, September 1: Labor Day recess (no classes at WVU).

For additional information, contact Brian Walker or Whitney Oliverio in the Office of Commuter Student Programs at (304) 293-5611, or stop by the Office of Student Life located in Elizabeth Moore Hall.