Student Orientation, Advising & Registration

S.O.A.R.
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 (SOAR) is the beginning to a program that spans over the year to foster new-student development and academic success.

In a collaboration between departments across campus, this first year program provides superior support services and programs throughout the first year that foster student engagement, persistence, completion of educational plans, and timely graduation.

SOAR
veteran, veterans,

Welcome new Tri-Cities Cougs! We are excited you have made the choice to join our family. As a new student, we look forward to seeing you on your Student Orientation, Advising & Registration day.

Students who have completed the Freshman Admissions Application process are required to attend a one-day First Year Student SOAR event. Graduating high school seniors who are participating in dual credit programs such as Running Start, or taking classes in high school for college credit, are required to go through the First Year Student process. There are five sessions offered during the second and fourth weeks of June, and one session during July.

Students who have completed the Transfer Admissions Application process will be required to attend a half-day SOAR event, offered during the second week of August.

Fall 2020 First Year Sample Agenda
8:00-8:30 Check In
8:30-8:45 Welcome
8:45-9:15 Student Life Activity
9:15-9:25 Break
9:25-9:55 Policies and Procedures
9:55-10:55 Interactive Tours
10:55-11:00 Break
11:00-11:45 myWSU Navigation
11:45-12:30 Lunch with Faculty
12:30-2:00 Advisor Department Presentation
2:00-5:00 Advising and Registration
Fall 2020 Transfer Student Sample Agenda
11:30-12:00 Check-In
12:00-12:30 Opening Session
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:15 Break into Groups
2:15-3:00 College Efficacy/Career Development
3:00-3:45 Policies and Procedures
3:45-4:30 Advising and Student Involvement
4:30-4:45 Closing
Spring 2020 All Student Sample Agenda
8:00-8:30 Check-In
8:30-9:00 Opening Session
9:05-9:50 College Efficacy/Career Development
9:55-10:40 Policies and Procedures
10:45-11:30 Advising and Student Involvement
11:35-12:00 Student Resources
12:00-1:00 Lunch and Closing

Benefits of attending SOAR:

  • Meet campus faculty and staff
  • Learn about graduation and academic major requirements
  • Receive Academic Advising
  • Register in fall and spring classes at once
  • Tour campus resources
  • Learn about academic policies and procedures
  • Engage with peers within your academic major interest
  • Gain knowledge about how to be involved on campus

Prepare for SOAR:

  • Complete your Admissions Checklist
  • Complete any Placement Assessments needed for Advising & Registration
  • Bring unofficial copies of college transcripts, current  college class schedules, or AP scores for Advising & Registration
  • Make sure your WSU email is set up
  • To be informed of weather or campus updates, sign up for emergency alerts
  • Come excited to receive information that will start you off successfully as a WSU Tri-Cities student

Summer 2020 Starting Students

If you plan to start taking classes this summer and continue through fall, you are still required to attend a SOAR event. Please view the Fall 2020 Starting Students tab below to register for your SOAR Date.

Advising & Registration

Regardless if you are starting as a Freshman or a Transfer student, if you plan to take summer classes at WSU Tri-Cities, you can meet with an advisor as early as February.

If you have accepted your admission, you can contact Academic Advising at tricities.advising@wsu.edu or 509-372-7035 to schedule an advising appointment, or we will contact you beginning in February to connect you with an advisor.

Prepare for Your Advising Appointment

  • Complete necessary Placement Assessments before your advising appointmen
    • Math Placement if you do not have a college level math (WSU Math 103 or higher)
    • Writing Placement if you do not have college level English Composition (English 101)
  • Bring unofficial transcripts to your advising appointment if you are currently in college level classes, (you are still required to send WSU final, official transcripts and AP scores)
  • Register and take the Timed Write for the University Writing Portfolio (highly encouraged for transfer students

 

Register for the Writing Placement (required in order to register in English 101)

Register for the Timed Write (required for the University Writing Portfolio)

Fall 2020 Starting Students

Registration is required for First Year and Transfer student SOAR events. If you need to cancel, or change your initial date, please email tricities.orientation@wsu.edu. Please do not refill out the registration.

A $100 non-refundable student fee will be applied to student accounts to cover materials, WSU swag and lunch for the event. Guests are an additional $40 fee per guest.

SOAR for First Year Students (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Please select one date to attend
SOAR for Transfer Students (11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, June 12thFriday, August 9th
Friday, June 14th
Wednesday, June 26th
Friday, June 28th
Wednesday, July 10th

First Year students when registering, students will choose one of the following SOAR dates: June 10, June 12, June 24, June 26, or June 8.

Transfer student orientation is August 14.

Advising & Registration

First year students will receive full academic advising, and are able to register in classes the day of their SOAR event. Academic Advising will email you with updates and reminders leading up to your registered SOAR date.

Transfer students will be contacted by Academic Advising to schedule advising appointments. As long as you have accepted your admission to WSU Tri-Cities, Academic Advising will begin calling and emailing you in February to schedule an appointment.

 

Prepare for Your Advising Appointment

  • Complete necessary Placement Assessments before your advising appointmen
    • Math Placement if you do not have a college level math (WSU Math 105 or higher)
    • Writing Placement if you do not have college level English Composition (English 101)
  • Bring unofficial transcripts to your advising appointment if you are currently in college level classes, (you are still required to send WSU final, official transcripts and AP scores)
  • Register and take the Timed Write for the University Writing Portfolio (highly encouraged for transfer students

 

Register for the Writing Placement (required in order to take English 101)

Register for the Timed Write (required for the University Writing Portfolio)

Spring 2020 Starting Students

January 10, 2020

Orientation will begin at 8:00 A.M. and last through lunch time. Advising and registration will be available after the event.

Advising & Registration

Regardless if you are starting as a Freshman or a Transfer student, you can meet with an advisor as early as October.

If you have accepted your admission, you can contact Academic Advising at tricities.advising@wsu.edu or 509-372-7035 to schedule an advising appointment, or we will contact you beginning in October to connect you with an advisor.

 

Prepare for Your Advising Appointment

  • Complete necessary Placement Assessments before your advising appointmen
    • Math Placement if you do not have a college level math (WSU Math 103 or higher)
    • Writing Placement if you do not have college level English Composition (English 101)
  • Bring unofficial transcripts to your advising appointment if you are currently in college level classes, (you are still required to send WSU final, official transcripts and AP scores)
  • Register and take the Timed Write for the University Writing Portfolio (highly encouraged for transfer students

 

Register for the Writing Placement (required in order to register in English 101)

Register for the Timed Write (required for the University Writing Portfolio)

First Year Events

Academic Success Workshop Series

The Academic Success Series are engaging sessions and workshops that are offered throughout the year to aid you in your success. Topics range from Time and Stress Management, to How to Navigate BlackBoard.

We partner with departments across campus to promote a variety of opportunities to elevate your success while you’re here.

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.

FAQ
I have taken Running Start and College in the High School courses. Do I still attend SOAR for Freshmen?

Yes. Students who are graduating from high school and starting at WSU Tri-Cities the following fall semester are required to attend one of the First Year Student SOAR event days.

I have attended an orientation on another WSU campus. Am I required to attend orientation at WSU Tri-Cities?

Yes. Processes and procedures are significantly different between WSU campuses. It is important to your success that you attend SOAR so that you receive information specific to WSU Tri-Cities.

Those who applied, attended an orientation on another WSU campus but never attended classes are required to attend SOAR upon their return. Other situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

What if I live 75+ miles from campus and cannot attend SOAR in person?

No problem! If you completed the Transfer Admissions Application, advising will contact you and your appointment can be done over the phone.

If you completed the Freshman Admissions Application, you will begin your advising after the first week of SOAR. Academic Advising will contact you to schedule a phone appointment with your assigned advisor.

Will I be dropped from classes if I do not attend SOAR?

No. If you are already registered in classes, you will remain in that schedule until you take action to drop classes. For First Year Students, not attending SOAR will delay registration as that is done at SOAR. If you do not attend you are still responsible for the $100 orientation fee which will be applied to your account.

If circumstances change, and you decide not to attend WSU Tri-Cities, you are responsible for dropping your fall and spring classes in myWSU before the first day of classes.

I am currently in a college level math at my high school or local community college. Do I still need to take the ALEKS math placement?

It is highly encouraged to go ahead and take the ALEKS math placement to secure a class schedule and begin the math sequence needed for your academic program.

Several math and science courses have math pre-requisites, and many classes are only offered during the fall or spring terms. Depending on your major, delaying enrollment in math and science courses could have negative impacts on your progression to graduation.

Feel free to email Academic Advising a copy of your current schedule and an unofficial transcript to review. We can then make the best recommendation on whether you need to take the ALEKS.

Helpful Links:

WSU Transfer Credit Search Tool (use the first red link)

I am currently in English composition. Am I still required to take the Writing Placement?

If you are taking English composition through a high school dual credit program, or at your local community college, we will not initially require you to take the Writing Placement. You will want to send all final, official college transcripts so that we can verify that you have taken and passed the appropriate course. If you took the AP exam, please request official scores from College Board to be sent to WSU.

Helpful Links:

WSU Advance Placement (AP) website

WSU Transfer Credit Search Tool (use the first red link)

What is Two-Term Enrollment?

WSU Tri-Cities is the only campus in the WSU system that enrolls students in a full years schedule. At the time of registration, you will be able to enroll for both fall and spring semesters at the same time.

The benefits of Two-Term Enrollment is you can begin planning well in advance, so to better manage your time in and out of the classroom.

Contact Us

Jordyn CreightonOffice of Student Affairs
WSU Tri-Cities, Floyd 269
509.372.7433
tricities.orientation@wsu.edu

 

 

 

Academic Advising
WSU Tri-Cities, CIC 201D
509.372.7035
tricities.advising@wsu.edu