Get Connected with New Student Orientation


New Student Orientation provides valuable information, tools, and Wildcat spirit as you begin your path to success at CWU.

Navigating your way as an incoming student just got easier! New Student Orientation is your first step in the orientation process. During an orientation session you will:

  • Connect with departments such as Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Housing & Residence Life, and Dining Services
  • Learn about Move-In and Week of Welcome in September 2024
  • Meet CWU faculty, staff, and other students
  • Incoming students must complete the pre-advising survey prior to attending New Student Orientation.
    • This survey will provide additional information to an academic advisor that will help you register for courses.

Incoming first-year students are REQUIRED to attend a New Student Orientation Session.

Incoming transfer students are REQUIRED to attend a Transfer Student Orientation.

Have questions about New Student Orientation? Contact the Orientation team at cwu.orientation@cwu.edu or call 509.963.1507

New Student Orientation Information


Check out information about New Student Orientation below.
  • First-Year Student Orientation

    First-year students are required to attend a New Student Orientation session.

    We offer New Student Orientation sessions on:

    • July 9, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, and 29
    • Space per session is limited

    A mandatory $225 orientation fee will be charged to your student account in Fall Quarter. This can be covered by financial aid or paid with your tuition and fees.

    Incoming first-year students have been receiving communication about how and where to register for their Orientation session. 

  • First-Year Student Orientation Schedule

    *Session details and times are subject to change.

    Morning Activities

    • 8:00am - 9:00am: Check-In
    • 8:00am - 9:00am: Campus Tours

    Morning Presentations

    • 9:00am - 9:25am: Welcome to CWU
    • 9:25am - 9:50am: What's Next?

    Class Registration and Campus Resources

    • 10:00am - 1:20pm: Class Registration Appointments 
      • Students will meet with an Academic Advisor during a scheduled 20 minute appointment to confirm their Fall Quarter schedule
    • 10:00am - 1:20pm: Meet with Campus Resources to finalize Fall Quarter plans
      • Confirm your Residence Hall Room Assignment
      • Meet with a Financial Aid Counselor, if needed
      • Pick up your Connection Card
      • And so much more! 
    • 10:00am - 12:00pm: Student Services and Employment Fair
    • 10:30am - 12:45pm: Residence Hall Tours
    • 11:00am - 1:00pm: Library Tours
    • 11:00am - 1:00pm: Lunch
    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Campus Tours

    Students ONLY Afternoon Sessions

    • 1:30pm - 2:15pm: Orientation Leader Chats
    • 2:15pm - 3:30pm: Wildcat Snapshot

    Parents and Support Networks ONLY Afternoon Sessions

    • English Language Track
      • 1:30pm - 2:00pm: A Day in the Life: The College Student Experience
      • 2:15pm - 3:30pm: Parent and Support Network Panel
    • Spanish Language Track
      • 1:30pm - 1:30pm: Todos Somos Familia

    Closing Session

    • 3:30pm - 4:30pm: Scoops and Scholars
  • Transfer Student Orientation
    Transfer students are required to attend Transfer Student Orientation.
    • September 23 - 24 (During Week of Welcome)
    • Incoming students should complete the pre-advising survey to provide additional information to their academic advisor.
      • In early April, transfer students will receive information with instructions for scheduling an advising appointment. Appointments for transfer students will be available starting in late April.
    • A mandatory $100 orientation fee will be charged to your student account in Fall quarter. This can be covered by financial aid or paid like any other student fee.

    Transfer students are welcome but not required to attend any of the social programming during Week of Welcome. (September 20-24). Check out more information on the WoW website!

    Schedule to be announced soon!

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