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Welcome to Washington State University 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, view college and department presentations, learn about student life, and meet one-on-one with an academic advisor to register for 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.


New Coug Orientation (NCO) Sessions

General Orientation

Our three-day General New Coug Orientation (NCO) 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.


  • WSU residence hall lodging will be provided for our students at General NCO programs.
  • Families and supporters can visit our Family & Supporter Orientation webpage for the concurrent in-person orientation dates and Travel Guide.

Transfer Orientation

Our two-day orientation program in March, June, and July focuses on the transfer experience at WSU. 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 NCO Schedule at a Glance


  • Transfer NCO Sessions in June and July will have a concurrent family and supporters orientation program.

Family & Supporter Orientation

The June and July Family & Supporter Orientation (FSO) provides new WSU families and supporters with the tools necessary to support their New Cougs’s transition to WSU Pullman. The FSO will run concurrent with the student’s NCO. We will continue to have a limited number of webinars in April, early June, and August. For More information and details please visit our Family & Supporter Orientation website.

Spring 2023 Orientation

Spring Orientation is for incoming students starting at WSU Pullman in Spring 2023. The mandatory in-person programs will provide students with information on preparing for classes, student life, meeting with fellow incoming Cougs and orientation counselors, and will be advised and registered in-person for classes.

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 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 Program

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: July 23, 2022 
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Location: Salvation Army Kroc Center – Hawaii 
91-3257 Kualaka’i Parkway, Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706 

Tentative Student Schedule
Tentative Family and Supporter Schedule

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 – 17, 2022
Session #4 – General OrientationJune 22 – 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 23, 2022
Session #11 – General OrientationJuly 27 – 29, 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.