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Alive! Alive! Transfer Orientation

Transfer Alive! orientation

Get ready to enroll at WSU!

March 29-30 (priority registration for those who attend this program)
June 21-22
July 19-20

As a transfer student, you don’t need the same information as a new freshman. You’ve already experienced college life—and you probably have a whole raft of questions about how your credits will translate into WSU programs.

Wherever you’re transferring from, we’ve got you covered. At the Alive! Orientation for transfer students, you will:

  • Meet with a professional transfer advisor, plan your schedule, and register for classes.
  • Learn how you can leverage WSU’s 200+ fields of study to customize your education and open career options
  • Familiarize yourself with campus programs and facilities
  • Attend workshops that provide an inside look at academics and campus life

If you attend the March orientation, you get first-priority registration for classes—even before current WSU students!

Sign up for transfer orientation

You are a transfer student for orientation purposes if you will have 27 semester (40 quarter) credits by the first day of classes.

If your college credits were earned concurrently with high school courses (e.g., in Running Start or a similar program), you’re a freshman for orientation and enrollment purposes and should attend a freshman Alive! session.


Helpful information on how to get here and where to stay. Please note that the University does not provide housing accommodations for parents and guests during Spring Transfer Alive.

Travel planning & lodging

Parent & family information

Find campus and community resources for you and your student. Connect with other Coug parents.

Parent & family info

Program policies

There’s safety and emergency information you’ll want to know, in addition to all the usual rules.

Read the Alive! program policies


The biggest impact Alive! has for transfer students is that they have a warm welcome to a new place. It’s nice to feel like you are part of Cougar Nation right from the start.

Jacob Gilbreath
Animal Sciences Pre-veterinary

International transfer students

If you’re an international student currently residing in the US, you are welcome to attend Alive! transfer orientation. You will also need to attend the International Programs orientation in the fall.

Contact WSU International Programs for full information on the international student orientation process.

What to bring

Students will need:

  • Photo ID: driver’s license, federal ID, or passport (school ID cards will not suffice)
  • Documentation of any College Board AP exams
  • Transcripts of all college classes you’ve taken (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • Your current class schedule if you’re currently taking classes; must be printed from the college’s registration system
  • Pens and pencils for the writing placement exams

Contact the Transfer Resource Center or call 509-335-6000 if you have any questions.

All attendees should have:

  • Comfortable walking shoes (you’ll be doing a lot of walking)
  • Casual clothing, a warm jacket, and umbrella (you never know what the spring weather will do)
  • Backpack
  • Water
  • Extra spending money for bookstore, ice cream, etc.
  • Pens and pencils for note taking
  • Alarm clock