New Student Experience

New Student Experience

WSU Tri-Cities is dedicated to providing a supportive environment for students beginning their first year. The New Student Experience fosters new-student development and academic success by providing students with effective support services that promote students’ achievement of their educational and personal growth plans.

In a collaboration between departments across campus, the New Student Experience provides superior support services and programs that foster student persistence, completion of educational plans, and timely graduation.

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Students getting food at New Student Orientation
Students sitting and talking

Welcome new Tri-Cities Cougs! We are excited you have made the choice to join our family. As a new student starting this summer or fall you will go through our New Student Experience, which includes Academic Advising and New Student Orientation. These TWO events will offer information to acclimate you to our campus both academically and socially. Registration is required.

New Student Experience Registration will be open soon!

Undergraduate Advising Session (UAS)

Undergraduate Advising Session (UAS) kicks off your new student experience. They are educational sessions that introduce academic resources and will be the first opportunity for new students to register for classes. Undergraduate Advising Sessions typically begin in May and run through the summer. Students are required to attend one session but are welcome to schedule a follow-up meeting with their advisor to discuss any schedule changes.

Students who start in summer can meet with their advisor now to plan their summer schedule. To schedule summer advising appointment, email Students who plan to continue in fall will still be required to attend an Undergraduate Advising Session beginning in May. This will be the first opportunity to register for fall & spring courses.

Undergraduate Advising Sessions will be held in the Consolidated Information Center (CIC) building. Check-in begins at 1 p.m. in the front lobby and sessions start at 1:30.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation is a program for all new students (freshman and transfer) to learn valuable resources to assist in their transition into the campus community. Sessions will cover academic resources, ways to be involved on campus, and provide opportunities to interact with faculty and staff who will be engaged in your overall success.

Please remember, there is a $100 mandatory orientation fee that will be charged to your student account. The fee covers the cost of:

  • Meals
  • T-shirt
  • Materials
  • Peer mentor for the semester
  • First year experience programs to assist with your transition during your first semester
  • and other giveaways!

This fee will be added to your student account after the 10th day of the semester. If you’d like to pay the fee before Orientation, contact Student Accounts at 509-372-7498.

If you have any questions regarding New Student Orientation please call the Office of Student Life at 509-372-7477. We look forward to seeing you at Orientation!

Week of Welcome

Week of Welcome is the first week of every semester. During this week various on campus departments, groups and student clubs and organizations host events to welcome students back to school as a way to kick off the new semester.

H_D 205 & History 105/305 Classes

Depending on whether students are freshmen or transfer students, these classes are designed to introduce academic and social success strategies that will lend to overall success.

First Six Weeks

The First Six Weeks of classes is critical to the success and engagement of new students. The Office of Student Life is committed to collaborating with departments on campus to provide extra programming and resources to support students at the beginning of their transition to campus. The New Student Mentors outreach and personal contact each new student during the entire first semester.

Certification Seminars

As part of WSU’s graduation requirements, students must certify into their chosen majors. Different majors have varying certification requirements. Our certification seminars are designed to inform students about what these requirements are with the added benefit of gaining access to additional scholarship, research, and internship opportunities post-certification. Faculty, staff, and student leaders facilitate these seminars and let students know what they can expect as they enter upper division coursework and explore their academic and career options post-graduation. Stay tuned for more information about how you can participate in Certification Week and attend our seminars.

Parent & Family Association

The Parent and Family Association aims to:

  • Enhances communication between families and WSU-Tri Cities
  • Enriches the college experience for both parents, families and their students
  • Involves parents and their families in activities to promote WSU Tri-Cities
  • Provides insight to university staff of ways to encourage student success
Dead Week

Dead Week is the week before finals week. Different events and activities are held throughout the week to help students reduce stress and prepare for final exams.