Welcome to Western!

We are pleased that you have chosen Western, and look forward to you joining our campus community! To launch your Western experience, plan to attend Summerstart, your orientation, advising, and class registration program for incoming freshmen students. Summerstart also includes a Family Orientation and we encourage you to invite your family to participate.

Family Orientation

There is a robust Family Orientation program offered at Summerstart and we encourage parents and family members to join us during Summerstart. Our FAQ section talks more about costs for Family Orientation and our Schedule section will give you an overview of the program.

Summerstart 2017 Dates:

*Session #1: Jul 31 - Aug 1
  Session #2: August 2-3
  Session #3: August 4-5
  Session #4: August 7-8
Session #5: August 9-10
Session #6: August 11-12
Session #7: August 14-15
Session #8: August 16-17

*The High Credit Summerstart Session

Session 1 is reserved for those freshmen entering Western with 60 or more college credits earned while in high school. It is designed for new freshmen who have fulfilled many, or all, of Western’s General University Requirements (GUR). It is not recommended for students with fewer than 60 credits.

Reservations for Summerstart will open at 3:00pm on Thursday, June 1st
and be open June 1 – July 20.

New freshmen who cannot attend Summerstart MUST make a reservation to attend Fall Advising & Orientation in September 2017. Reservations for Fall Advising & Orientation will open after reservations for Summerstart close.


If you have any questions about Summerstart or getting started at Western, contact New Student Services/Family Outreach at 360.650.3846 or nssfo@wwu.edu.

Page Updated 04.24.2017