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, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., (360) 650-3846.

Coronavirus Information Health & 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.

Spring Advising & Orientation

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

Learn More

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Western's New Student and Family 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

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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 resources essential to your orientation, advising and registration experience.

Prepare for WWU