We understand that transitioning to life on a college campus—either for the first time or for a return trip—can be challenging.
Below you may find answers to our frequently asked questions. If the answer to your question doesn't appear here, head over to OneStop for more information.
Students who attend orientation are more prepared to begin classes and more successful in reaching their academic goals. Orientation gets students excited to be a Shocker so that they gain the most from their college experience. Orientation also provides information and services in one place, rather than having new students try to obtain this information from each office on their own. Orientation also gives students an opportunity to connect with other students before the semester even starts.
Yes. See the list below for detailed fee information.
Freshman Student Orientation: $150 covers program costs, transition events throughout the first year, support from a Transition Mentor throughout the first year, and a textbook for First-Year Seminar.
Transfer/Adult Learner Orientation: $50 covers program costs and transition events throughout the year.
Spring Orientation: $50 covers program costs and transition events throughout the year.
Bring a photo ID, comfortable shoes and an umbrella in case of inclement weather.
A confirmation email will be sent to you with details for parking 3-5 days prior to your program. Follow the signs!
A Look into a WSU Orientation Day
First-Year Experience Questions
Students with, and without, documented disabilities can contact the Office of Disability Services for more information on accommodations and other appropriate resources.
Students who are unsure of what to major in can enroll in classes at WSU as a general "LAS undecided" major. The Career Development Center helps students choose a major that’s right for them.
If you have not signed up for classes yet, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to change your major. Students who have already enrolled in classes can change their major by logging into their myWSU student portal.
While there is no set amount of classes you are required to take your first year,
it is important to keep in mind how your enrollment will affect financial aid. 12
credit hours is considered full-time enrollment and all students are required to complete
approximately 124 hours to graduate.
If you plan to graduate in four years, you need to "think 30." By enrolling in 30 credit hours, or 10 classes on average, throughout each academic year (fall, spring, summer and / or short-term classes), you are more likely to graduate in a timely manner
Freshmen: after completing your RSVP for orientation, your first semester’s schedule will be built by a first-year advisor. You will be notified to confirm your schedule through your myWSU student portal. If you have questions, or would like to make changes, you can contact OneStop anytime.
Transfer / Adult Learners: after signing up for orientation, you will need to contact your advising center to schedule an appointment with an advisor. Schedules can be made prior to or following attending your orientation program.
Be sure to have all transcripts from high school and previous institutions sent to the Office of Admissions in order to receive credit for those courses. You can check how courses transfer into WSU.
Freshmen: Your first-year advisor will build your schedule to accommodate these credits. Any changes you need to make to your schedule can be done by contacting the OneStop office.
Transfer / Adult Learners: When you meet with your advisor they will be able to advise you on what courses to take based on the credit you have already fulfilled.
Shocker Dollars can be added to your WSU Shocker Card, so it can be used like a debit card at all WSU Dining Services locations. You can add money to your card online or stop by the Dining Services office located in 235 Rhatigan Student Center.
If the answer to your question doesn't appear here, head over to OneStop for more information.