Summer Family and Supporter Orientation

The Summer Family & Supporter Orientation is a separate, in-person experience specifically designed with our families and supporters in mind! Your session will run concurrently with your student’s Summer New Coug Orientation session.

Program Topics

  • Role of a Coug family
  • Student, family & supporter involvement
  • Letting go presentations
  • Billing and payments
  • Academics & tutoring
  • Faculty expectations
  • Student requirements, including placement exams and transcripts
  • Housing, dining, and move-in
  • Student health & wellness
  • Mental health resources

Housing Accommodations

Housing is not provided for families and supporters during orientation. Families and supporters are invited to book local accommodations in Pullman and the surrounding areas including Moscow, Colfax, Lewiston, or Clarkston. Visit our Travel Guide. Learn more about Summer in Pullman.


Registration for Family and Supporter Orientation can be completed when your student registers for New Coug Orientation. To add or remove guests after registration please update your student’s registration.

Family and Supporter Schedule at a Glance

Schedule is subject to change without notice. A detailed schedule will be provided to you at check-in. The Family and Supporter Orientation runs concurrently with your student’s New Coug Orientation. The majority of your sessions will be separate from your student, however, there will be a few points throughout orientation where you will attend a session with your student. You can see a sample of your student’s schedule here.

Day 1

  • 8 – 9:30 a.m. | New Coug Orientation Housing Check-In for Students at Stephenson Complex
  • 8 – 9:30 a.m. | New Coug Orientation Program Check-In for Students and Families at the Compton Union Building (CUB) Junior Ballroom
  • 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.| Optional Early Orientation Events at the Compton Union Building Second Floor
  • 10 a.m. | New Coug Orientation Welcome at the Compton Union Building Senior Ballroom
  • Meet Your Family and Supporter Staff
  • Academic Success
  • Lunch
  • Building Future Success: Empowering WSU Students for Career Readiness
  • Housing, Dining, and Daily Life at WSU
  • Let’s Talk About College Costs and Affordability with Q&A
  • Be #PullmanProud
  • Dinner

*A questions table will be available on the Second Floor of the Compton Union Building (CUB) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Day 1 of the program.

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Campus Tour
  • Campus and Community Resource Fair
  • Lunch
  • Interest Sessions
  • Staying Connected and Letting Go
  • Next Steps and Evaluations
  • Students Check Out of Stephenson Hall
  • 4 p.m. | End of Program