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 that fosters 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.

Two students
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, 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 to choose from, 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.

Registration for SOAR is required and will open in March. For additional information, select your anticipated start term below.

SOAR for First Year Students (full-day event)
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SOAR for Transfer Students (half-day event)
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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 and receive information that will start you off successfully as a WSU Tri-Cities student

Summer 2019 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 2019 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 March.

If you have accepted your admissions, Academic Advising will contact you by phone and email beginning in February to schedule an appointment 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 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)

Fall 2019 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 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 (9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, June 12thFriday, August 9th
Friday, June 14th
Wednesday, June 26th
Friday, June 28th

Registration will open in March

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 be 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 email 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

SOAR dates are 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
509.372.7433
tricities.orientation@wsu.edu

 

 

 

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