Student Orientation Advising and Registration

Your First Year Experience Program

WSU Tri-Cities is dedicated to providing a supportive environment for students beginning their first year. Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (S.O.A.R.) 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, Student Orientation, Advising and Registration provides superior support services and programs throughout the first year 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 Spring, we look forward to seeing you on January 4th for Student Orientation. Registration is required so sign up today!

Student Orientation is designed to introduce you to faculty, staff and campus resources that will lend to your overall success. This is the beginning of your first year experience at WSU Tri-Cities, and we encourage you to take full advantage of the events and workshops that will be offered for you throughout your first year, starting with Student Orientation.

To prepare for Student Orientation and the first day of class:

  • Make sure your WSU email is set up and you’re beginning to check on a regular basis
  • Sign up for emergency alerts. You can sign up for a variety of alerts, but winter weather can be unpredictable. By signing up for emergency alerts you can receive messages that will let you know of campus closures or delays.
  • Come excited and receive information that will start you off successfully as a WSU Tri-Cities student
Spring 2019 Starting Students

Advising & Registration

Advising is currently taking appointments for students who have accepted their admission. You will receive a phone call about setting up an appointment, or feel free to contact us at or call us at 509-372-7035.

Helpful information for Advising

  • Take the Math Placement if you are not transferring in a college level math (WSU Math 105 or higher)
  • Schedule and take the Writing Placement if you are not transferring in college level English Composition (English 101)
  • If you are currently in classes this fall quarter, bring unofficial transcripts to your advising appointment (you are still required to send WSU final, official transcripts)
  • Register and take the Timed Write for the University Writing Portfolio (highly encouraged for transfer students)


Register for the Writing Placement on January 4th (required in order to take English 101)

Register for the Timed Write on January 4th (required for the University Writing Portfolio)


Student Orientation

Friday, January 4, 2019
Orientation Agenda Here

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. Your financial aid can cover this cost if you get financial aid that exceeds the cost of tuition. In order for this to happen, you must grant student permissions for financial aid.

  • Log in to your myWSU account here
  • From the main menu select the Financial Accounts tile
  • Account services has three tabs that show direct deposit, student permission and bank accounts
  • Select the “student permission” tab to grant permission for financial aid
Summer 2019 Starting Students

Advising & Registration

Advising will start sending communication in January 2019.


Student Orientation

Dates to be announced

Fall 2019 Starting Students

Advising & Registration

Advising will start sending communication in January 2019.


Student Orientation

Dates to be announced

First Year Events

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.


First Six Weeks

The First Six Weeks of classes is critical to the success and engagement of new students. The Office of Student Life, Academic Advising, and Student Financial and Support Services are committed to collaborating with departments on campus to provide extra programming and resources to support students at the beginning of their transition to campus.


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.

Contact Us

Jordyn CreightonOffice of Student Affairs
WSU Tri-Cities, Floyd 269





Academic Advising
WSU Tri-Cities, CIC 201D