Save the date for Fall Family Open House
October's Fall Family Open House Oct. 22 to 24 offers a time to catch up with students at WWU and check out some of what the campus and community have to offer.
Plus: Looking for some family-friendly tips for exploring Bellingham with your student? Click here for advice from a WWU student.
A.S. President: Getting involved is the first step to college success
Students who are involved with on-campus activities are more successful academically, feel more satisfied with their college experience and are more marketable to future employers and graduate schools.
"Just going to events and seeing things like concerts, films, comedians, and open mic night will help you get your foot in the door with campus life," Watrin said. "Come explore the Viking Union; there is always stuff happening."
Are you ready for move-in day Sept. 19?
Planning ahead for move-in day can make the whole day much easier.
Plus: University Residences' "Moving in Fall 2010" page.
Academic Advising 101: Help is here for math, writing, planning
Students aren't required to see academic advisors while at Western, but those who make the most out of the Advising Center's services get the most out of their education.
With: A list of key academic resources
Watch your students keep on growing at college
If you didn't hear her speak during Summerstart, see what Associate Dean of Students Sherry Mallory says about what families can expect during students' transition to college life and how parents can support them.
Online only: "When the going gets tough, the tough call home," Mallory says. Get ready for the call.
Tough job market for new grads highlights the importance of internships
Judging by an annual WWU survey, recent graduates face the worst hiring season in decades. But internship experience gave students an edge.
Plus: Internships 101. What families should know about internships, and how to help students find them.
Online only: Your career knowledge is valuable to students.
WWU adds more room for students in Freshman Interest Groups
Western's successful Freshman Interest Groups will have more sections this year – providing more opportunities for first-year students to explore their academic interests while getting to know their professors.
Plus: Even in difficult budget times, preserving access remains a top priority.
Welcome to WWU from President Bruce Shepard
Western is a place of opportunity, where our outstanding faculty and staff do their utmost to help your student reach their aspirations, however lofty.
To learn more about about Bruce Shepard, visit his website.
Help from families comes in all forms
There are many ways families can support Western. Here are a few you may not have thought of.
Wear a button to show you have Vikings in the family
These buttons were handed out during Summerstart. Wear yours or pick one up on move-in day Sept. 19.
Newsletters, Parent Connection help families stay in touch with WWU
Get the latest news from Western through newsletters, weekly news reports.
Plus: Families can sign up for emergency notifications. Learn more.
Show your Viking pride with free WWU license plates
The Western Alumni Association is giving away a limited number of free WWU Collegiate License Plates to students and alumni.