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New Freshmen/Running Start students who are entering Western beginning Fall quarter have two options for completing their required academic advising, orientation, and registration process. There are 8 two-day sessions offered in August (called “Summerstart”) and one two-day session offered in September (called “Fall Advising & Orientation”). The two programs vary slightly in their format and some schedule content, however, the academic advising session, registration preparation support, and registration process are the same.

The Fall Advising & Orientation (Fall A&O) program offers a student orientation program as well as a family orientation program. For students, there is no fee to participate in Fall A&O - the cost is covered by the one-time $280 enrollment fee. For parents/family members, there is a cost to participate in the Family Orientation program and the Family Orientation fees are outlined in our FAQ section, FAQ #3.

Similar to the Summerstart program, students attending the Fall A&O program will complete an online reservation to sign-up.

Reservations for Fall Advising & Orientation are now CLOSED
Reservations are open July 27 - September 17, 2018

If you are a freshman who did not attend Summerstart and did not make a reservation for Fall Advising & Orientation, but still plan to attend Western, please call New Student Services/Family Outreach at (360) 650-3846.

The Fall program has three main components:

  • Sunday, September 23: Student and Family Orientation Program. Our Orientation Student Advisors will lead students in learning about campus resources and services, help connect peers together, and provide valuable resource information to smooth the transition to the Western community. Similarly, professional staff from a variety of key student service offices will host a family orientation session to offer information and resources to help support the student and family connection to campus.
  • Monday, September 24: Student Academic Advising & Class Registration. On Monday, students will complete their required academic advising session and class registration for Fall quarter classes.
  • Western Welcome Week: Throughout your first week on campus, students can also attend a number of workshops, tours, information fairs, and fun events – similar to the Summerstart experience – to learn more about student accounts, financial aid, academic support resources, campus and beyond! We’ll provide you with a Western Welcome Week schedule when you arrive for Fall A&O!

If you have any questions about the Fall Advising & Orientation program or getting started at Western, contact New Student Services/Family Outreach at 360.650.3846 or nssfo@wwu.edu.