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

Health and Safety

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.

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Winter Advising & Orientation

Winter Advising & Orientation (Winter A&O) is for new First-Year and Transfer students entering Western during Winter Quarter and supports your transition to campus with an academic advising and campus orientation program. 

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Next Steps for New Students

We've put together a checklist to help you get ready for your first quarter at Western. This list highlights required actions and includes links for resources essential to your orientation, advising and registration experience, and transitioning to the Western and Bellingham communities.

Prepare for WWU


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Fall Family Weekend

Thank you for joining us for Fall Family Weekend 2020! While the weekend has ended, students and families can continue to explore and connect with Western through the many Featured Offerings on the Fall Family Weekend page. 

Learn More

Select your student type below to find your Advising & Orientation program:

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New Student and Family Orientation

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.

Visit the Orientation website