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Welcome, New Coug!

Requiring all new students (freshman 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 diffferent 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: $140 Family & Supporter Orientation fee(s)
    • More information coming soon about Family & Supporter Orientation fee(s).

Learn More About Orientation Fees

NOTE: Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 Registration Opening in November

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.

**Assessments for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 are not open yet. More information coming soon!  

For more information:

Program Dates:

Spring Semester Orientation: Wednesday, January 5 – Thursday, January 6, 2022

Spring Semester Week(end) of Welcome: Friday, January 7 – Sunday, January 9, 2022 


Sessions will be posted by November 2021 for Spring and Summer 2022 Orientation Programs

La Bienvenida – Orientación en Español/Spanish Language Orientation


*Only students who are residents of Hawaii can register for the Hawaii pre-orientation program. Students must also register for a separate session to complete their orientation requirement; we encourage these students to sign up for Session 6.

**For orientation purposes, transfer students are students who have at least 27 semester or 40 quarter credits at another institution, post-high school. Running start or college in the high school credits do not count. However, transfer students can also attend any of the above sessions, not just the transfer-specific sessions.

***Registration for this session is now closed. Please review upcoming dates to find an Alive Orientation date that works for you.

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