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Welcome, New Coug!

First-year and transfer students are required to attend New Coug Orientation. During orientation, you will discover 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 learn about valuable resources and campus-support services. You will leave the program registered for classes and ready to start your adventure as a Coug.

Have you Accepted Your Offer of Admission?

Before you register for orientation, accept your offer of admission and pay the $200 tuition deposit or request a deferral by connecting with your admission counselor. Please allow up to 48 hours for your account to update after accepting your offer to register for orientation. This fee may also be deferred upon registration. If you haven’t made your payment or are unsure, you can find this information in myWSU or, 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, January 9, 2023 for Spring semester and August 21, 2023 for Fall semester. This fee covers programing during your orientation program, as well as Week of Welcome programming before the start of classes. Please note: your tuition deposit is different than the mandatory $250 registration fee for orientation programs. 
  • Optional: – Family & Supporter Orientation fee(s)
    • Age 13+ – $140
    • Age 6-12 – $70
    • Age 0-5 – No Cost
    • Family & Supporter Orientation will run concurrently with your student’s orientation. 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. 

Learn More About Orientation Fees

New Coug Orientation Dates

Spring Orientation Thursday, Jan. 5-Friday, Jan. 6
Session 1 – Transfer Orientation Sunday, March 26-Monday, March 27
Session 2 – La Bienvenida – Orientación en Español Saturday, May 20-Monday, May 22
Summer Sessions  
Session 3 – Hawai‘i Orientation Saturday, June 3 
Session 4 – General Orientation  Wednesday, June 7-Friday, June 9
Session 5 – General Orientation Tuesday, June 13-Thursday, June 15
Session 6 – General Orientation Tuesday, June 20-Thursday, June 22
Session 7 – General Orientation Monday, June 26-Wednesday, June 28
Session 8 – General Orientation Saturday, July 8-Monday, July 10
Session 9 – General Orientation Tuesday, July 11-Thursday, July 13
Session 10 – General Orientation Sunday, July 16-Monday, July 18
Session 11 – Transfer Orientation Thursday, July 20-Friday, July 21
Session 12 – General Orientation Saturday, July 22-Monday, July 24
Session 13 – General Orientation Wednesday, July 26-Friday, July 28
Fall Sessions  
Session 14 – Fall New Coug Orientation Saturday, August 12-Monday, August 14


  • Due to overlapping schedule requirements, students participating in Fraternity/Sorority Recruitment must register for sessions 1-13. Students are not able to do both Fall New Coug Orientation and Fraternity/Sorority Recruitment at the same time.
  • Students eligible for Transfer Orientation have at least 27 semester or 40 quarter credits, post-high school. Transfer students may attend any session. Students with college-level work taken while in high school 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