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New Coug Orientation

Welcome to Washington State University!

New Coug Orientation is excited to support you in your transition to the Cougar Family. Our staff are dedicated to assisting you with your orientation, transition, and ultimate attainment of a WSU degree. Orientation will prepare you for your social, academic, and emotional acclimation, as well as your move to Pullman.

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

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New Coug Orientation Sessions

Registration Begins Late November, 2023

Spring Orientation, January 5-6

Spring Orientation is an in-person event for incoming students starting at WSU Pullman in Spring 2023. Our two-day orientation program is an express orientation program that includes three mandatory components:

  1. Pre-orientation modules (completed virtually prior to arrival)
    Links to these modules will be provided upon registration to Spring Orientation
  2. Advising and registration (completed virtually prior to arrival)
  3. In-person orientation experience at the WSU Pullman campus

The Spring and March orientation sessions will have a concurrent family and supporters orientation programs.

LODGING:

  • WSU residence hall lodging will NOT be provided for students attending Spring and March orientation. Students with completed and approved housing contracts can arrange to move in before orientation starts. Please contact WSU housing to make arrangements.
  • Lodging is NOT provided for families and supporters during orientation. Families are invited to book local accommodations in Pullman and the surrounding areas of Moscow, Colfax, Lewiston, or Clarkston visit our Travel Guide.
  • Families and supporters can visit our Family & Supporter Orientation webpage for information on the concurrent in-person orientation and Travel Guide.

Spring Orientation Schedule At A Glance

Schedule is subject to change without notice. Please check often for updates. A detailed schedule will be provided at Orientation Check-in.

JANUARY 5, 2023

7:00 – 8:30 a.m. | Orientation Check-In 

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. | Meet Your Orientation Counselor (OC) 

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. | New Coug Orientation Welcome 

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. | Foundations of Your Academic Journey  

11:15 – 12:00 p.m. | Pre-Advising

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 p.m. | Advising & Registration Prep. 

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Resource Fair  

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. | Interest Sessions Rotations 

4:30 – 5:15 p.m. | Student Life Panel 

5:15 – 6:30 p.m. | Dinner 

JANUARY 6, 2023

6:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | New Coug Rotations Including:

Breakfast 

Campus Resource Tour

Academic Advising & Registration

Community Building Activities

Next Steps with your OC  


Transfer Orientation

WSU offers two transfer-specific orientation sessions. Although transfer students are eligible to attend any orientation session, our two-day orientation programs March 26-27 and July 20-21 focus on the transfer experience. This is an express orientation program for students who have over 40+ quarter credits or 27+ semester credits. Students will be advised and registered for classes in-person at orientation.


Transfer Orientation Schedule At A Glance

Schedule is subject to change without notice. Please check often for updates. A detailed schedule will be provided at Orientation Check-in.

DAY 1

7:00 – 8:30 a.m. | Orientation Check-In 

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. | Meet Your Orientation Counselor (OC) 

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. | New Coug Orientation Welcome 

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. | Foundations of Your Academic Journey  

11:15 – 12:00 p.m. | Pre-Advising

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 p.m. | Advising & Registration Prep. 

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Resource Fair  

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. | Interest Sessions Rotations 

4:30 – 5:15 p.m. | Student Life Panel 

5:15 – 6:30 p.m. | Dinner 

DAY 2

6:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | New Coug Rotations Including:

Breakfast 

Campus Resource Tour

Academic Advising & Registration

Community Building Activities

Next Steps with your OC  


General Orientation

Our three-day General New Coug Orientation program is offered in June and July. Students will be advised and register for classes in-person at orientation. First-year college students and transfer students are welcome to join this program.

NOTE:

  • WSU residence hall lodging WILL be provided for students attending orientation.
  • Housing is NOT provided for families and supporters during orientation. Families are invited to book local accommodations in Pullman and the surrounding areas Moscow, Colfax, Lewiston, or Clarkston visit our Travel Guide.
  • Families and supporters can visit our Family & Supporter Orientation webpage for information on the concurrent in-person orientation and Travel Guide.
  • Visit the following sites for traffic closures and detours.

General Orientation Schedule At A Glance

DAY 1

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | The Bookie – Optional Event

2:00 – 7:00 PM | Orientation Check-In; Stephenson Complex 

3:00 – 5:00 PM | Be #PullmanProud! – Optional Event

7:15 – 8:00 PM | Meet Your Orientation Counselor

8:15 p.m. – 10:00 PM | Evening Activities

DAY 2

6:30 – 7:50 AM | Breakfast 

8:10 – 8:40 AM | New Coug Orientation Welcome 

9:00 – 9:45 AM | Foundations of Your Academic Journey 

10:05 – 10:50 AM | Pre-Advising

11:10 – 11:40 AM | Advising & Registration Prep with OCs 

12:00 – 1:45 PM | Lunch

12:00 – 1:45 PM | Meet Your Orientation Counselor

2:00 – 2:45 PM | Resource Fair 

3:00 – 4:35 PM | Interest Sessions  

5:00 – 6:00 PM | Student Life Panel 

6:20 – 7:20 PM | Backyard BBQ 

DAY 3

6:30 AM – 4:00 PM | New Coug Rotations 

  • Check-Out 
  • Breakfast 
  • Campus Resource Tour 
  • Academic Advising & Registration 
  • Lunch  
  • Next Steps with your OC  

4:00 PM | Program Closing and Weekend of Welcome Overview 


Family & Supporter Orientation

The Family and Supporter Orientation Sessions provide new WSU families and supporters with the tools necessary to support their new Coug’s transition to WSU. The family and supporter orientation will run concurrently with the student’s orientation. For more information and details please visit our Family & Supporter Orientation website.

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

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Community-Based Orientation

La Bienvenida – Orientación en Español/Spanish Language Orientation

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

Hawaii Orientation

Hawaii Cougs and their families are encouraged to participate in an orientation program centering on their experiences as they prepare for the transition to college and life in Pullman, WA. The orientation will be held in Oahu, HI.

Date: June 3, 2023 
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Location: TBD

Student Schedule TBA
Family and Supporter Schedule TBA

International Student Tutorial

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

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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.