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Welcome to WSU Pullman!

New Student Programs is the department that will support you in your transitions to the Cougar Family. Our team of professional and student staff are dedicated to assisting you with your orientation, transition, and ultimate attainment of a Washington State University Pullman degree. You will participate in Orientation programs prior to the start of classes. These sessions will prepare you for your social, academic, emotional, and physical transition to Washington State University Pullman.

Requiring all new students (first-year and transfer) to attend an orientation program provides Washington State University Pullman the opportunity to share with students the university’s mission, goals, values, and academic expectations; discuss academic policies, procedures, and programs; review costs, in terms of both dollars and personal commitment, and expose you to valuable resources and campus-support services.

Orientation is a mandatory program for all new students. You’ll take part in learning modules, college and department presentations, learn about student life, and meet one-on-one with an academic advisor to register for Spring 2022 or Fall 2022 classes. You will be a part of a small group of other New Cougs guided by an orientation counselor (OC) who is a current WSU student. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, make new friends, and fully immerse yourself in New Coug life at WSU Pullman.

Why is Orientation Mandatory?

New Cougs are making a big commitment in time, money, and resources. Research shows students who participate in Orientation are better prepared to succeed by being set up from the beginning on how to navigate a university, learn at the college level, and develop self-agency as a young adult.


Orientation Sessions

Spring Orientation

Spring Orientation, January 5 – 7, 2022, is for first-year students starting at WSU Pullman in Spring 2022. The mandatory in-person program will provide you with information on preparing for classes, student life, and meeting with fellow incoming Cougs and Orientation Counselors.

Academic advising and course registration are on December 17 and January 5. Register for New Coug Orientation today to book your academic advising and course registration appointment.

General Orientation

Our three-day orientation program is offered in June and July. Students will be emailed, via their official WSU email, their individual advising appointment time. First-time college students and transfer students are welcome to join this program. More information coming soon!

Transfer Orientation

Our two-day orientation program in March, June, and July, focusing on the transfer experience at WSU. This is an express orientation program for students who have over 40+ quarter credits or 27+ semester credits. More information coming soon!

Family & Supporter Orientation

This summer-long program provides new WSU families and supporters with the tools necessary to support their New Cougs transition to WSU Pullman. Live webinars, recorded programming will be available to view when your schedule allows. More information coming soon!

Coming to orientation was very reassuring. It showed me I wouldn’t be in this all on my own. Connecting with my orientation group made me feel like I already had some friends coming in.

SAPPHIRE OWENS Early Elementary Education Junior


Community-Based Orientation Programming

La Bienvenida – Orientación en Español/Spanish Language Orientation

Los estudiantes y familias que hablan Español están invitados a esta sesión de tres días que ofrece información sobre la comunidad de WSU, los servicios y el apoyo disponibles en el campus de Pullman. Esta sesión es completamente en español.

Hawai‘i Orientation Program

Hawai‘i Cougs and their families are encouraged to participate in an orientation program centering on your experiences as you prepare for the transition to college and life on the mainland. This session will be hosted on the island of O‘ahu.

International Student Tutorial

International students must attend both New Coug Orientation and the international student tutorial.


Orientation Session Dates

Spring Orientation January 5 – 7, 2022
Spring Semester Week(end) of WelcomeJanuary 7 – 9, 2022
Transfer OrientationMarch 30 – 31, 2022
La Bienvenida – Orientación en EspañolMay 14 – 15, 2022
Session #1 – General OrientationJune 7 – 9, 2022
Session #2 – General OrientationJune 11 – 13, 2022
Session #3 – General OrientationJune 15 – June 17, 2022
Session #4 – General OrientationJune 22 – June 24, 2022
Session #5 – Transfer OrientationJune 26 – 27, 2022
Session #6 – General OrientationJune 29 – July 1, 2022
Session #7 – General OrientationJuly 6 – 8, 2022
Session #8 – Transfer OrientationJuly 10 – 11, 2022
Session #9 – General OrientationJuly 13 – 15, 2022
Session #10 – General OrientationJuly 18 – 20, 2022
Hawai‘i Orientation July 22 – 23, 2022
Session #11 – General OrientationJuly 27 – July 29, 2022
Week of WelcomeAugust 13 – 21, 2022

Families & Supporters Can Stay Informed Too!

Visit the WSU Family Website or join the WSU Pullman Parents Facebook Group to stay updated on all you need to know as your new Coug starts college.