Transitions

The Transitions program is Western’s orientation, academic advising, and course registration program for new transfer and post-baccalaureate students. Transitions provides critical support to new students as you navigate the academic advising and class registration experience. In addition to developing core academic preparation skills, students will also learn about campus life and services, gain a better understanding of Western's academic expectations and resources, meet with helpful faculty, staff and student advisors, and begin connecting with fellow new and current WWU students. 

New Student and Family Orientation

Western Washington University's Orientation website features over 40 virtual events, over 40 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. Opportunities to connect with current students will give you a better sense of student activities, clubs and organizations, as well as what Bellingham has to offer. Events are open to both students and family, unless otherwise noted. 

Visit the Orientation website

Frequently Asked Questions

The Transitions program is Western’s orientation, academic advising, and course registration program for new transfer and post-baccalaureate students. Transitions provides critical support to new students as you navigate the academic advising and class registration experience. In addition to developing core academic preparation skills, students will also learn about campus life and services, gain a better understanding of Western's academic expectations and resources, meet with helpful faculty, staff and student advisors, and begin connecting with fellow new and current WWU students. 

The Transitions program is not required, but strongly recommended. The Transitions program will be the first opportunity for students to register for Fall Quarter classes. Students who do not attend Transitions will register for Fall classes during Phase II registration.

New transfer and post-baccalaureate students for Fall who attend Transitions register on the date of their session. Students who do not attend Transitions will register for Fall classes during Phase II registration.

There are several required actions that all new students must take prior to their first quarter at Western, some of which need to be completed prior to your advising and registration session. Please view our Preparing for WWU page for a list of required and recommended actions for new students. Students can also log into the Admitted Student Portal to keep track of the status of measles clearance, the receipt of final transcripts, and Transitions reservations. If you need assistance logging into the Portal, please contact the Office of Admissions