Quick Guide for New Students | Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pennsylvania

Quick Guide for New Students

Here is some information to help you get started as a student at Westmoreland!

The college website has links to many resources you’ll need.

  • Directory
    • Use the directory to find contact information for a variety of college departments, officials, and resources. 
  • Resources
    • Essential resources for everything from tutoring to financial aid forms. 
  • Program info
    • Here you’ll find details and a list of required classes for your major. 
  • Transfer info 
    • If you have plans for transfer, this page gives you the people and the information you need to make it a smooth transition.
  • College Catalog
    • Look through the online college catalog to find all programs of study, the classes you’ll need to take, course descriptions, maps, etc.

Use the MyWestmoreland Portal to access everything vital to your experience at Westmoreland.  Within two business days after applying to the college,  your username and your initial password will be emailed to you so you can access the MyWestmoreland Portal. If you do not receive this within two days after applying, please call the Information Center at 724-925-4000.

In the student portal you will be able to access Self Service, set up a payment plan, change your major or personal information, apply to graduate, and access student resources such as your student gmail, D2L (Desire 2 Learn), and RAVE (emergency alerts).

Use Self Service to access and make changes to your student information. Self-Service areas include: 

  • Student Planning - plan and register for classes, find your advisor’s name, view your schedule and academic progress, and print your unofficial transcript
  • Student Finance - view your bill and pay online
  • Tax Information - access tax documents
  • Financial Aid - view awards and financial aid documents
  • Grades
  • Course Catalog

All official communication will go to your student email account. Check email daily, including while school is in session and over breaks for important information. 

Click here for step by step instructions on accessing your email. You will need to follow these instructions to change your password before you can access your email.

D2L is the online learning platform that is used for all courses. It is where you'll find your course syllabus, assignments, grades, and much more.

It is recommended that you complete the Learning D2L for Students orientation, found on the D2L homepage, before starting your courses.

If you need assistance with D2L, contact ctlFREEWESTMORELAND.

Westmoreland has an online store, called eCampus, where students purchase their textbooks and a College Store on campus, where students can get other class materials and apparel. Financial aid can be used at both stores. More information


Books purchased through eCampus can be shipped to Youngwood and any of the Education Centers, or they can be shipped directly to a student's home.

College Store

The College Store is a physical store at the Youngwood campus where college apparel, supplies, and course materials (other than textbooks) can be purchased. Materials can be ordered online or purchased in the store.

After you apply to the college, if you have not already, you will meet with a member of the recruit staff. You will then meet with a Pathways Advisor or Counselor to discuss your educational goals, register for classes, and review new student information. These are the steps you should take before your appointment to make the most of your time.

  • Request official transcripts from your high school and any other colleges you have attended. You will need to either have them sent prior to or provide them at your first appointment.
  • Review the Placement Assessment and Educational Planning page to learn more about the ALEKS program which supports students in the assessment for their skill level in mathematics.
  • Review our Programs of Study to select a major or narrow down your choices.
  • Register to participate in a required New Student Orientation session. New Student Orientation is held prior to the Fall and Spring semesters.

Tutoring is available for free to all students.  You can request tutoring services by completing the tutor request form on the MyWestmoreland Portal.  You can also access Brainfuse, an on-demand tutoring service through D2L, at any time.  Watch the video below and visit the Tutoring & Learning Services website for more information.

To apply for financial aid or if you have questions, visit the Financial Aid page. You can access your financial aid information in Self Service.