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Sign up for New Coug Orientation

Welcome, New Coug!

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.

Pick the session that works best for you. Remember Orientation is mandatory. You will have the chance to learn about the university, academic programs, student life, advising, and leave the program registered for your schedule of classes.

Have you Accepted Your Offer of Admissions?

Before you register for Orientation, you should have accepted your offer of admission and paid the $200 advance tuition deposit. This is a different fee than the mandatory $250 matriculation fee for Orientation programs. If you haven’t made your payment or are unsure, you can find this information in myWSU . If you have any questions about your admission status, please call 1-888-GO-TO-WSU (1-888-468-6978).

Orientation Fees:

  • Mandatory: $250 matriculation fee
    • Paid immediately or can be charged to your student account and paid along with tuition, which is due on the first day of class, August 22, 2022. This fee covers programing during your 3-day or 2-day orientation program as well as Week of Welcome programming before the start of classes. 
  • Optional: TBD Cost – Family & Supporter Orientation fee(s)
    • More information coming soon about Family & Supporter Orientation fee(s).
    • Registration will open in February 2022 for Family & Supporter Orientation

Learn More About Orientation Fees

Complete Your Placement Assessments

All new WSU students are required to take the writing placement and math placement exams, unless they have received qualifying college-level credit. Students in the Honors College do not need to take the writing placement assessment. If you plan to enroll in a foreign language course, you’ll need to take the foreign language placement test as well. 

Spring New Coug Orientation Placements are now open for submissions. 

**Assessments for Fall 2022 is not open yet. More information coming soon!  

New Coug Orientation Dates:

Spring 2022 admitted students
January 5 – 7, 2022
Week(end) of Welcome: January 7 – 9, 2022 

If you complete the pre-orientation modules and placement assessments, you could meet with your advisor and pick your classes as early as December 17. Register for New Coug Orientation to receive more information via email.

Fall 2022 admitted students
**March 30 – 31, 2022 (Transfer)
La Bienvenida – Orientación en Español/Spanish Language Orientation
June 7 – 9, 2022
June 11 – 13, 2022
June 15 – 17, 2022
June 22 – 24, 2022
**June 26 – 27, 2022 (Transfer)
June 29 – July 1, 2022
July 6 – 8, 2022
**July 10 – 11, 2022 (Transfer)
July 13 – 15, 2022
July 18 – 20, 2022
*Hawai‘i Orientation: July 22 – 23, 2022
July 27 – July 29, 2022
Week of Welcome: August 13 – 21, 2022


*Only students who are residents of Hawaii can register for the Hawaii Orientation program. This program will meet the orientation requirement. Students will be advised and registered for classes during the program. 

**For orientation purposes, transfer students are students who have at least 27 semester or 40 quarter credits at another institution, post-high school. Transfer students can also attend any of the above sessions, not just the transfer-specific sessions. Students with Running Start or College in the High School credit hours are encouraged to attend a general orientation program. 

If you experience any difficulties or questions , please call New Student Programs at 509-335-4242 or e-mail When you contact our office, please have your WSU ID number available.