WVU New Student Orientation Guide

A Chance to Explore Greater Morgantown for the Weekend!

Welcome all WVU upcoming freshmen! We are excited to have you here and hope that you enjoy your visit while in Greater Morgantown. After you discover the majors that you are interested in, get all of your questions answered, and tour the WVU campus, stick around for the weekend and discover Greater Morgantown!

Eat like a Local


Greater Morgantown has many restaurants that offer a variety of choices. Start your day with a fresh cup of coffee at The Grind located on the downtown campus beside The Book Exchange. Have a sweet tooth? Walk just a bit further and treat yourself to The Cupcakerie, a well-known cupcake boutique.


While you are visiting, you should try the local food around Greater Morgantown. Lunch and dinner have many options including the award-winning Black Bear Burritos and Pizza Al’s. Or just walk down any main street in Greater Morgantown and you’ll be sure to find a diner, café, or restaurant that you will want to try! Check out our Mountaineer Deals for local restaurants!

Explore the Outdoors


Bike the Mon River Trail and explore its wooded terrain. Walk the WVU Arboretum near the WVU Coliseum, and take in the hundreds of flower and tree species. Looking for more of an adventure? Visit WVU Zipline Canopy Tour to zip multiple lines, cross an aerial bridge, and even rappel to a final platform that will be sure to get your adrenaline pumping!


Trek the many hiking trails of Greater Morgantown and visit the overlooks at Cooper’s Rock for a breathtaking view of Cheat Canyon River. Be sure to keep an eye out for the eco-sculptures, too!

Try These Activities


Have you been to an escape room? Visit Morgantown Escape Room or Xscape!, two of Greater Morgantown’s live-action escape rooms for friends and family to work as a team to solve clues together. Make sure to check our events page to see what’s happening around time while you’re here!


End the weekend by having a relaxing day before heading home. Create a work of art at the Wow Factory by attending a pottery, glass fusing, clay, or mosaic session. Tour the Art Museum at WVU that is free and open to the public to view the diverse print, painting, folk, paper, sculpture, and ceramic art pieces. Look around the Seneca Center in the local shops, tour the glass creations, and go antique shopping. Relax at one of the spas around Greater Morgantown and remember to take a picture with the Mountaineer statue in front of the Mountainlair on your way out!

Stay in Town


Have you and your family booked a hotel for WVU New Student Orientation, yet? Use our booking tool below to make your quick and easy reservation.

Make sure to get all the Mountaineer Deals so you can shave as you eat, play, shop and stay in Greater Morgantown!

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Interested in attending more than one event this weekend? Stay overnight at one of the many hotels and lodgings in Morgantown. Click to reserve your stay.

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