College of Graduate Nursing

General Information



Lodging and Airport Information

If you are traveling far and require airport and lodging information, you can visit the California Campus – Welcome Week Orientation home page. The university has provided several airport locations and local hotel information for your convenience.  

NOTE: If you will be staying in a hotel close to the campus and not renting a car, make sure to ask the hotel if they provide shuttle service to and from the WesternU campus.

Directions to Campus & Parking Information

Wednesday, August 3

The first day of orientation/welcome week is program-specific and the building/classroom location that you will report to will vary depending on your program. For specific driving/parking information for Wednesday, August 3rd please visit your respective program web page in the left-hand menu.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: On Wednesday, August 3rd you will pick up your orientation packet for the week. Please make sure you bring a government-issued ID (driver’s license, state ID card, passport) to check-in and pick up your packet on August 3rd. New students will be required to show ID before participating in all Orientation/Welcome Week events. If you are unable to provide an acceptable form of ID on August 3rd, you will not be able to participate in any Orientation/Welcome Week events until you are able to do so. For more information about this policy, please visit the University’s Identity Verification Policy web page.

Thursday, August 4

The general college orientation on August 4th will take place in AMP I (Prem Reddy), in the Health Professions Center (HPC) building on the first floor. You can obtain driving/parking directions to the WesternU campus from the California Campus – Welcome Week Orientation home page. The Directions to Campus page provides driving directions from the 10, 210, 60, and 71 freeways to Third Street. The WesternU campus is on the north side of Third Street.

The following are specific driving directions from Third Street to parking near the Health Professions Center (HPC) building. There are a few options:

Student Parking Lots 23 & 25 are directly south of the campus off of Third St. and Palomares St. Please visit the Student Parking Map for further information. From these parking lots, you will head north on Palomares St. and turn right on Second St. onto the campus esplanade walking path. The Health Professions Building (HPC) is on the corner of Second & Palomares St. and the entrance is on the north side of the building facing the esplanade.

The University Parking Structure is on the corner of Towne Ave. & Second St. Turn west on Second St. from from Towne Ave. and make an immediate right into the parking structure. Students may park on the 3rd through 7th floors only.  Please visit the Student Parking Map for further information. From the parking structure, head west on Second St. which turns into the campus esplanade walking path.The Health Professions Center Building (HPC) will be on your left-hand side after the Daumier student housing building.

Additional student parking will be in lots 15, 20 and 26 as shown on the Student Parking Map. If all parking lots are full, there is public metered parking in lot 12 on the north-west corner of First & Gibbs Street. The daily fee for all day (7a.m. to 7p.m.) is $3.00. Pay at the gray kiosks (dollars, coins, and credit cards accepted).

NOTE: Please park ONLY in designated WesternU student parking lots. Do not park in employee lots or guest parking spaces. If you park in a public metered parking space, you will need to pay at the gray kiosks. Please arrive early as student parking lots fill up quickly.

A student parking permit is required to park in WesternU student parking lots; however, the university will be lenient the week of orientation and should not issue any parking violation warnings or tickets. If you happen to receive a ticket for parking in a WesternU student parking lot, please notify Eva Badouin or Mitzi McKay. If you purchased a student parking permit you will receive it in your orientation packet when you check-in on Wednesday, August 3rd. You can then place it in your vehicle that day.

Friday, August 5th

The University Orientation will be held on Friday, August 5th from 8:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. at the *Purpose Church a few blocks north of the WesternU campus. All WesternU incoming students are required to attend.You can find the University Orientation Schedule and driving directions from the WesternU campus to the Purpose Church on the University Welcome Week Schedules page. Carpooling is encouraged.
*Purpose Church allows their facility to be rented/used by outside entities. The University Orientation is not a religious ceremony.

After the University Orientation, you will return to the WesternU campus and resume your college orientation as outlined on the CGN Orientation/Welcome Week Schedule.

Attention MSN-E Incoming Students: After the University and College Orientation sessions end at 4:00pm on Friday, August 5th, you will report to the Nursing Science Center (NSC) on the first floor for your uniform purchase and fitting. The NSC address is listed below. If you would like to park closer to the NSC, park in student lot 15 or 20 as shown on the Student Parking Map. From lot 15 or 20 head west on Third St. and cross over Gibbs St. Turn left on Locus St. and the NSC (red brick building) will be on your right-hand side on the corner of Garey Ave. & Fourth St. After your uniform fitting you will be free to go for the day.

Nursing Science Center (NSC)
350 S. Garey Ave.
Pomona, CA 91766

Convocation & White Coat Ceremony Information

All important information about the Convocation and White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, August 6th can be found on the University Welcome Week Event Information page. On this page you will find information regarding driving directions to the Pomona Fairplex, parking information, arrival time, college-specific White Coat Ceremony locations at the Fairplex etc.

NOTE: The parking fee at the Pomona Fairplex is $10.00 (Cash or credit cards accepted). Please allow yourself ample time (at least 30 minutes) for parking, the tram ride and finding a seat in the auditorium. We encourage students to carpool with their family and guests. There will be no professional photographer for the White Coat Ceremony, so please encourage your family and guests to take photos during the ceremony.

What to Wear

Wednesday, August 3 – Friday, August 5

The attire for the first three days of orientation/welcome week is business casual (no tattered jeans or revealing clothing). Wear comfortable foot wear.The weather will be warm so dress accordingly. Air conditioning in the buildings may get a bit chilly, so you may want to bring a light sweater.

NOTE: On Thursday, August 4th between 10:00a.m. and 12:00p.m. all incoming students will be taking their ID/yearbook and graduation photo. This is a portrait photo from the waist up. Also, at the end of the day between 5:00p.m. and 5:30p.m. all nursing students will be taking a group photo in their white coats (this is the day you will be picking up your white coats and will have it with you before the photo). Remember to be camera ready on this day!

Saturday, August 6

The attire for the Convocation/White Coat Ceremony is professional – dress slacks, shirt & tie for men; dress slacks, dress, skirt & blouse for women. Bring your white coat! You will need it for the white coat ceremony directly following the Convocation ceremony. Other important information about the Convocation & White Coat Ceremony can be found on the University Welcome Week Event Information page. There will be no professional photographer for the White Coat Ceremony, so please encourage your family and guests to take photos during the ceremony.

General FAQs

Will it cost me more to use the extended Curriculum?

Adding a year will add the cost of a clinical fee for each semester that includes clinical hours. If you are in the FNP or MSN/FNP programs, there would also be an additional unit of Clinical Comps, as there has to be comprehensive testing at the end of each year. That would add an additional 1 unit of tuition to the overall cost.

Should I bring my laptop computer to Welcome Week?

Laptops are required. Bringing your laptop to Welcome Week can be helpful, as it will allow you to try or view some of the programs, systems or websites that will be talked about that week.

When I register, will I know what courses I should be registering for?

You will not be registering for specific courses. You will only be registering for a “place holder”. The system automatically populates the courses that you should be in. For those students that are on an extended curriculum or have some other deviation to the normal curriculum, the Registrar then makes those adjustments manually (after the system auto registers). You should keep the curriculum grid that Mitzi McKay sent to you in the first Welcome Email, so that you can follow along each semester. If your curriculum should change midway through the program for any reason, an updated curriculum grid would be emailed to you.

Why will the university be taking my graduation photo during Welcome Week?

The Grad photo that will be taken at Welcome Week is for the university year book. The year that you graduate, your photo will be pulled from the system and added to the year book for that year. I know that it seems strange to have your grad photo taken so far in advance of your actual graduation, but it is the only time when we have everyone here and available to capture that photo. Please be aware that the photo is only used for the year book, and that there will be professional photographers at your actual graduation to take the real photos that will represent your graduation moment.

Will there be vegetarian options for the Welcome Week lunches provided by the college?

Yes, for the most part we try to have at least one option for vegetarians, however, if you are a strict vegetarian or vegan, you may want to come prepared with your own food options. It is not possible for the college to keep track of all food allergies or restrictions. We have to go with items that meet the general needs and that are easily served.

I opted for just the fall semester parking permit. You said yearly permits would be in our welcome week packets. Will I be getting my semester permit in my packet as well?


I’m bringing family to the events on Saturday of Welcome Week. Can I bring any guests to any of the other days of Welcome Week?

Unfortunately, we need to be able to focus on our students during the rest of that week and it is important that we know who is on campus where and when, in case of emergencies etc.

Can I bring children as guests to the Saturday events of Welcome Week?

Yes, absolutely. There is no age restrictions for those events. Just remember that you will need a ticket for them if they are not sitting in the lap of an adult.

Contact Information

If you still have further questions after perusing the new student web pages, please email Eva Badouin at ebadouin@westernu.edu.