Welcome to Western from New Student Services/Family Outreach!

We support the transition process of new students and their family members to the WWU community through the orientation process, access to academic advising and registration programs, and special events for students and families during your time at Western. 

New student and family orientation to campus is a process to support students’ academic, personal, and social transition to the University community. For new students, we coordinate academic advising and class registration programs, along with orientation resources, based on your student type (First-Year, Transfer, Post-Bacc) and which quarter you are entering Western. For parents and family members, we offer year-round communications such as monthly e-newsletters and calendars, parent/family-themed orientation resources, and an annual family weekend event in the fall for students and families. 

Let us help you get started! 

Cherry trees blooming across from the Communications lawn in spring

Experience Western’s COMMITMENT to your academic, personal, and social success through tailored academic advising and course registration programs. 

Build CONFIDENCE in your readiness to start at Western by following guided checklists to complete essential tasks in the time leading up to your first quarter, and explore campus resources and events that strengthen your skills to be a successful student. 

Begin building your CONNECTIONS in the Western and Bellingham communities by exploring the wide array of campus clubs, organizations, and events designed to bring students together and build meaningful relationships throughout your time at Western.