COVID-19 Update

The health and safety of our campus community is a top priority as we address the threat of the spread of Coronavirus, and we are so grateful for the cooperation of our students, faculty and staff as we continue to adapt to the changing situation.

The NSSFO staff is temporarily working remotely, however, we are still available by email and phone to continue to provide assistance. Please email us at NSSFO@wwu.edu or call during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, 360-650-3846.

Coronavirus Information

Welcome to Western from New Student Services/Family Outreach!

We strive to support the transition process of new students and their family members to the WWU community.

For students, we offer academic advising and orientation programs and resources based on your student type (First-Year, Transfer, Post-bacc) and which quarter you are entering Western. For parents and family members, the NSSFO office also supports year-round communications such as monthly e-newsletters and calendars, family orientation programs, and an annual family weekend event in the fall for students and families to have some fun on campus together.

Which type of student are you?

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Next Steps for New Students

There are a number of required actions that all new students must take prior to their first quarter at Western. 

Prepare for WWU


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Transfer Post-Bacc Fall Quarter

The Transitions program is Western’s orientation, academic advising, and course registration program for new Fall quarter transfer and post-baccalaureate students.

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First-Year Running Start Fall Quarter

The Fall Advising & Orientation (Fall A&O) program is Western’s orientation, academic advising, and course registration program for new first-year and Running Start students.

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Orientation Fall Quarter

Western's Orientation website features virtual events, informational videos, and resources to help you learn more about academic departments and campus services and explore areas of academic and personal interest to you.