New Student Orientation


If you are a new freshman student and are in the US during the summer, it is recommended that you attend Summerstart. Summerstart is your new student orientation, advising, and course registration program. There is no additional fee for students to participate in Summerstart - the cost is covered by the one-time $250 enrollment fee already paid to WWU. If you have any questions about Summerstart, please contact New Student Services/Family Outreach at 360.650.3846 or by e-mail at .


Transitions is Western's transfer student orientation and advising program. At Transitions you will meet with helpful faculty, student and departmental advisors, become familiar with important campus resources, and begin registering for classes. More information and resources for transfer students can be found on the New Student Services/Family Outreach website.

Quarterly Orientation

A general orientation for new students occurs just before the start of classes each quarter. You will have the opportunity to attend informational workshops on academic support services and campus life and participate in programs designed to welcome you to Western. Keep checking the New Student Services/Family Outreach website for updated information.

International Student Orientation

In addition to the New Student Orientations, there will be an International Student Orientation just before the start of Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. As the information presented at this orientation session is very important, attendance is required for all new international students. Important information about academic issues, registration, maintaining visa status, SEVIS, WWU student ID cards, health insurance, etc. will be addressed at the orientation. Information about the date, time, and location of the International Student Orientation will be sent to new students beforehand.

All international students are strongly encouraged to attend one of the general orientations for new WWU students (Summerstart, Transitions, or quarterly Orientation) in addition to the International Student Orientation. The International Student Orientation will not cover topics such as course registration and academic advising but rather topics more specific to international student status. Your active participation will help you feel more comfortable and confident as you begin your new journey at Western.

Page Updated 11.22.2017