Welcome! Participate in Shocker Pre-Season to get connected to campus and warmed up for the new academic year!

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Student Success

Shocker Pre-Season: LAUNCH WEEK

We want you to start college feeling confident and connected.  Shocker Pre-Season is a collection of programs that helps student "warm up" and get in the right mindset the week (or two) prior to the beginning of the regularly scheduled fall semester. Launch Week will give you the opportunity to make new friends, get to know some instructors, and learn your way around campus while at the same time working on skills like college-level writing, presentations and research. Activities will prepare you for the core classes you will take your freshman year and give you tips and tricks to be a great college student.

August 14th-18th, 2023

Reservations are now closed.

We are excited about your interest in Shocker Pre-Season: Launch Week! 


Full list of Shocker Pre-Season programs:

Individual programs may have specific requirements students must meet and may already be full or reach capacity at any time. It is strongly recommended that you visit the website or contact the person listed for more program details, including costs.

If you are living on campus, be sure to schedule a time to move into your residence hall room at a time that works with the program you are attending. Contact Housing and Residence Life for more information at www.wichita.edu/housing or 316-978-3693.

Shocker Promise Academy

Must be a recipient of the Sedgwick County Promise Scholarship.

August 7 - 11, 2023

The Shocker Promise Academy is a week-long program for new students to help in the transition from high school to college at Wichita State. The program will provide students with an opportunity to connect with peers, learn about the campus and resources, and develop leadership skills. Students will also enroll in a free three credit hour class where they will explore aspects of critical thinking, financial literacy, problem solving, professionalism and leadership through the application of training, engagement, and real-world experiences. Reservations are required by June 1 or will remain open until we reach capacity.

Shocker Promise Academy  -  hosted by Financial Aid

Passage 2 Success

August 13 - 17, 2023

Passage 2 Success is a week-long retreat for incoming freshmen from diverse backgrounds to help in their transition to Wichita State University! The purpose of this retreat is to connect with other incoming students, meet current student leaders, explore Wichita, and gain the skills and tools to be socially and academically successful. Priority deadline for reservations is June 2, but open until July 21 or until the program reaches capacity.

Passage 2 Success - hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Shocker Engineering Academy

Must be an Engineering major.

August 13 - 18, 2023

Spend a week engaged in academic enrichment sessions, hands-on activities, and fun social events. You will have the opportunity interact with peers and engineering faculty and staff before the fall semester starts. SEA students are eligible to participate in research as early as sophomore year. The deadline to submit an application has passed.

Shocker Engineering Academy - hosted by the College of Engineering
Pre-Nursing Success Academy

Must be a Pre-Nursing major.

August 14 - 15, 2023

This program aims to help pre-nursing students develop efficient skills and habits necessary for success in prerequisite courses and in the Nursing program. The agenda includes sessions from Nursing faculty, current Nursing students, and Student Success. Reservations are required.

  • For more information or to place a reservation, contact the CHP Success Coach at chelsea.dey@wichita.edu or
Immersive Leadership Insitute

August 14 - 18, 2023

This program is designed for students wanting to develop and strengthen their leadership skills as they prepare to step into the many leadership experiences available to incoming students. Participants will hone their unique leadership style through self-discovery in large and small group sessions and team activities. Every Shocker Starts Somewhere – start your WSU Leadership journey at the Immersive Leadership Institute!

  • Program Fee = $75 (covers all costs, including enrollment in EDUC 399A: Leadership in Student Groups)
  • More information: wichita.edu/ili
Immersive Leadership Institute - hosted by Student Engagement, Advocacy and Leadership
Shocker Summer Immersion

Must have a documented disability and be registered with the Office of Disability Services or TRIO Disability Support Services.

August 14 - 18, 2023

This program orients students to the campus community, resources and helps build a sense of community and enhances self-advocacy skills through a highly interactive and hands-on curriculum. Students will be encouraged to consider their own learning styles and diagnosis, as they study brain-based research about learning. The use of assistive technology will be discussed and the skills of active reading, note-taking, test taking, and summary writing will be introduced. Students will practice these skills and make an oral presentation focusing on his or her individual learning profile.

Shocker Summer Immersion - hosted by the Office of Disability Services

August 20, 2023

This program helps first-generation students (neither parent has earned a four-year degree) connect and prepare for their first year of college. Program sessions cover getting connected with campus support, how to navigate the University, walking to individual classrooms on attendees’ schedules on a campus tour, creating a sense of belonging and more!

First-Steps - hosted by Student Affairs