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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. 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. Please allow 24-48 hours for your profile to update to register for orientation. 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 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: – Family & Supporter Orientation (FSO) fee(s)
    • Family & Supporter Orientation Fees:
      • Age 13+ – $140
      • Age 6-12 – $70
      • Age 0-5 – No Cost
      • FSO will run concurrent with your student’s NCO. Registration for WSU’s FSO happens immediately after the completion of your student’s NCO registration. Please see orientation dates below.


Guests are required to find their own accommodations off campus. For a list of where to stay, please visit the Where to Stay page in the Pullman, Washington Chamber of Commerce website. 

Learn More About Orientation Fees

New Coug Orientation Dates

Fall 2022 admitted students
March 30 – 31, 2022 (Transfer)
La Bienvenida (orientación en Español/Spanish language orientation): May/Mayo 14-15, 2022
Session #1     June 7 – 9, 2022
Session #2     June 11 – 13, 2022
*Session #3   June 15 – 17, 2022 – FULL*
*Session #4   June 22 – 24, 2022 – FULL*
Session #5     June 26 – 27, 2022 (Transfer)
*Session #6   June 29 – July 1, 2022 – FULL*
*Session #7   July 6 – 8, 2022 – FULL*
Session #8     July 10 – 11, 2022 (Transfer)
*Session #9   July 13 – 15, 2022 – FULL*
Session #10   July 18 – 20, 2022 – FULL*
Hawaii Orientation: July 23, 2022
Session #11   July 27 – 29, 2022
Session #12   August 13 – 15, 2022


  • *Sessions that indicate FULL are unavailable for registration as we have hit capacity. We welcome you to register for an available orientation session.

    The schedules for New Coug Orientation and Fraternity/Sorority Recruitment both have many required components. Because of this, students wanting to participate in Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment must participate in an earlier New Coug Orientation and avoid the Fall New Coug Orientation.  Students are not able to do both Fall NCO and FSL Recruitment at the same time.

  • 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 need 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

Complete Your Placement Assessments

All new WSU students are required to take the writing 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. 

Math Assessment & Writing Assessment are open now!