Summer Orientation

What is Summer New Coug Orientation?

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

As a part of the New Coug Orientation experience, students are required to stay overnight in the residence halls. Families and supporters looking for accommodations during New Coug Orientation can explore the many hotel options in the area by visiting our travel information website.

***If attending any of our Fall Orientation sessions, be prepared to move in to your residence hall or apartment before Fall Orientation begins. Unlike Summer Orientation, no supplemental housing will be available for Fall Orientation.

Family and Supporter Orientation

We encourage families and supporters to learn more about the university, academics, and resources by attending our Family & Supporter Orientation focused on your role in supporting your New Coug in their transition to WSU.

*Families and supporters will attend a unique track, separate from their student.

Already Have College Credits?

Any student with 27+ college semester credits or 40+ college quarter credits after high school is considered a transfer student at WSU.

Each orientation session offers a unique transfer student experience.


Student 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

  • 8 – 9:30 a.m. | New Coug Orientation Housing Check-In at Stephenson Complex
  • 8 – 9:30 a.m. | New Coug Orientation Program Check-In at the Compton Union Building (CUB) Junior Ballroom
  • 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. | Optional Early Orientation Events at the Comption Union Building, Second Floor
  • 10 a.m. | New Coug Orientation Welcome at the Compton Union Building Senior Ballroom
  • Meet Your Orientation Counselor
  • Academic Success and Breakout Sessions
  • Lunch
  • Meet Your Academic College
  • Let’s Talk About College Costs and Affordability
  • Interest Sessions
  • Coug Affinity Spaces
  • Preparing for Your College Transition
  • Dinner
  • Evening Activities

*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 program

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Campus Resource Tour
  • Campus and Community Resource Fair
  • Course Selection and Registration
  • Lunch
  • Next Steps and Evaluations with Orientation Counselors
  • Check out of Stephenson Hall
  • 4 p.m. | End of Program

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