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Due to current health regulations, all Alive Orientation sessions will be held virtually

WSU system-wide will require proof of the COVID 19 vaccination for the 2021–2022 academic year for all students engaging in activities at a WSU campus or location. For more information, including exemptions, please visit Washington State University (

Welcome to WSU Pullman!

We’re excited to welcome you into the Cougar family at Alive Orientation.  Our virtual orientation is an interactive experience that will leave you feeling confident about how to navigate your first year at WSU.

During your session, you’ll take part in learning modules, college and department presentations, and meet one-on-one with an academic advisor to register for fall 2021 classes. In addition, you, along with a small group of other new Cougs, will be guided through the program by an orientation counselor (OC) who is a current WSU student. Within this group, you will have the opportunity to ask questions, make new friends, and fully immerse yourself in Coug life.


Alive Orientation 

Attend virtually with other new students and register for Fall 2021 classes. 


Summer Alive Orientation Sessions

General Orientation

Our three-day live and interactive virtual orientation session, created specifically for first-year students, is offered in June and July.

General Alive sessions day 1 and 2 will be 10:00 a.m-3:30 p.m. On day 3, students will have individual advising appointments between 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., and programming from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., all Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Students will be emailed, via WSU email, their individual advising appointment time and Zoom link at the end of day 2.

Transfer Orientation

Our two-day virtual orientation program in June and July, focusing on the transfer experience at WSU.

Family & Supporter Orientation

This virtual, summer-long program provides new WSU families and supporters with the tools necessary to create a successful new student experience at WSU Pullman. Live sessions and recorded programming will be available to view when your schedule allows. Register and view the schedule here.

Summer Advantage

Get a jumpstart on college with this five week on-campus program, offering new Cougs the opportunity to attend classes and receive credits prior to the start of the fall semester. Participating students must attend one of the first three Alive Orientation sessions, prior to the June 23rd Summer Advantage kickoff.

Coming to orientation was very reassuring. It showed me I wouldn’t be in this all on my own. Connecting with my orientation group made me feel like I already had some friends coming in.

SAPPHIRE OWENS Early Elementary Education Junior


Community-Based Orientation Programming

La Bienvenida – Orientación en Español/Spanish Language Orientation

Los estudiantes y familias que hablan Español están invitados a esta sesión de tres días que ofrece información sobre la comunidad de WSU, los servicios y el apoyo disponibles en el campus de Pullman.
21 – 23 de Mayo, 2021

Hawai‘i Pre-Orientation Program

Hawai‘i Cougs and their families are encouraged to register for this pre-orientation session (prior to their June 29th Alive Orientation date) to learn about the transition to college and life on the mainland.
June 28, 2021; 5-7 PM Hawaiian Standard Time

International Student Tutorial

International students must attend both the Alive Orientation and international student tutorial.


Summer Alive Orientation Session Dates

La Bienvenida – Orientación en EspañolMay 21 – 23
Alive Session #1 – Registration for this session is now closed.June 8 – 10
Alive Session #2 – Registration for this session is now closed.June 12 – 14
Alive Session #3 – Registration for this session is now closed.June 16 – 18
Alive Session #4 – TransferJune 20 – 21
Alive Session #5 – Registration for this session is now closed.June 23 – 25
Hawai‘i Pre-Orientation  **Students to attend Session #6June 28
Alive Session #6June 29 – July 1
Alive Session #7 – TransferJuly 11 – 12
Alive Session #8July 14 – 16
Alive Session #9July 19 – 21
Alive Session #10July 24 – 26
Alive Session #11July 28 – 30
Fall AliveTBD
Week of WelcomeAugust 14 – 22

Stay Informed

Join the Alive Orientation 2021 Facebook Group

Visit the WSU Family Website or join the WSU Pullman Parents Facebook Group to stay updated on all you need to know as your new Coug starts college.