Gorlok Registration and Orientation Workshops | Webster University

Gorlok Registration and Orientation Workshops

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Gorlok Registration and Orientation Workshops (GROW) is a way for students to meet other students, become familiar with campus services, and register for fall classes. Every student attending Webster University in the fall needs to attend a GROW event.

During COVID-19, in place of the GROW events, students will have an opportunity to participate in a one-on-one Virtual New Student Advising Appointment. The appointment will be with a Webster University Academic Advisor for one hour during which you will have the opportunity to discuss your major and select courses for the fall 2020 semester. Additionally, if you have any transfer credit, this will be discussed during your advising appointment. Prior to your appointment, you will have the opportunity to connect with an Admissions Counselor to review any initial questions you have about Webster University and set up your technology with the University. You will also receive a series of videos to help you understand the requirements of a degree including opportunities that you can engage in during your first semester such as a Learning Community.

Click Here For The Virtual Advising Videos  

Following your Virtual New Student Advising Appointment, the advisor will send you a follow up email and provide you with a checklist of activities to complete prior to attending Welcome Weekend in August.

If you have any questions for an advisor after your Virtual New Student Advising appointment, please email or call the Advising Center – advising@webster.edu or (314) 968-6972.

Webster recognizes the fact that parents need help adjusting to their student’s transition into college.  In place of the typical GROW Parent/Family sessions, a special Parent/Family Orientation will take place on Thursday, August 20th from 4-6pm on the Loretto-Hilton Center Main stage during Welcome Weekend 2020. During the course of the day, parents and students can also make an appointment with their financial aide counselor for a one-on-one meeting to discuss any financial aid questions and have a discussion on financial literacy. Parent/Family Orientation will end with the Family Farewell Dinner from 6-7pm in the Grant Gymnasium.

We ask that all parents and family members (not including the Webster student) register for Parent Orientation here.

If parents or family members have questions about Welcome Weekend they can contact parents@webster.edu or 314-968-7007.

Webster’s goal is for you to immerse yourself in college life so that when you arrive on campus in the fall you can hit the ground running. GROW gives you the opportunity to make friends and become comfortable with navigating the campus.

Come GROW with us as we welcome you to Webster University!


We invite you to explore the option of participating in a dynamic learning community as part of your first-year experience at Webster University. Learning communities are groups of like-minded new students who choose to learn together, study together, and explore their fields of interest together.

The Learning Community (LC) program consists of co-enrolling students in purposefully paired courses in their first fall semester at Webster University. These courses are specifically selected for the learning community, and based on a topical interest or an area of academic study. Through these Learning Communities, you will participate in activities inside and outside of the classroom that will enhance your learning and a greater connection to the Webster University community. Learn more about Learning Communities.


Global Cornerstone Seminars at Webster University are designed to help students improve their abilities to integrate, transfer, make connections among, and apply knowledge -- in short, to become great thinkers who are prepared for responsible global citizenship. A Global Cornerstone Seminar is required for all new full-time degree-seeking freshmen (who have not previously matriculated at another post- secondary institution or who have fewer than 16 credit hours of college credit and who are also younger than 20 years old). It is open only to students who are newly matriculated to Webster University. At the home campus in Webster Groves, it is offered only in the Fall semester. Click here to learn more about Global Cornerstone Seminars.


Welcome Weekend will take place on the Webster Groves Campus August 20th - 23rd.  Welcome Weekend is a MANDATORY Event that ALL incoming First Year Students must attend.  We ask that everyone register for Welcome Weekend by clicking here.  More information about Welcome Weekend and resources for First Year Students can be found on the First Year Experience and Undergraduate Persistence Page here. 

The following checklist is important information to help you the student to make sure that your on boarding is smooth and efficient.


*GROW Checklist