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Alive! Schedules: Hawai‘i & California


Throughout the program, you’ll be part of a small group led by a current WSU student who is specially trained as an orientation counselor (an OC) or a student mentor (MSS Mentor).  Your OC is ready to serve as both mentor and friend, and will help you and your group get to know each other and get off to a great start at WSU.  Below is a tentative overview.

Out-of-State Alive!
Orientation schedule

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Check-in and meet and greet

Opportunity to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a financial aid advisor (optional)

9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Orientation workshops

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Orientation workshops and academic advising

Placement exams

Be sure to complete the placement exams before the orientation program. This will allow you to be pre-enrolled into the appropriate English and math classes for your skill level and academic interest.

You will have an opportunity to take the exams in Hawai‘i or California before the Alive! orientation.  Dates will be provided soon!

Writing placement

You will have the opportunity to complete your writing placement exam at a proctored location prior to the Alive! Orientation. Details will be available when you register for orientation.

More about the writing placement exam

ALEKS math placement

Complete the math placement exam online at least two weeks before orientation.

Math placement signup & info

On-campus resource tour

Because it’s important that students find connections to resources on campus, the Office of New Student Programs will provide campus resource tours for Hawai‘i and California Alive! participants during Week of Welcome and the first week of courses in August.

Dates and times will be listed here later in the summer.

What to bring

Students will need:

  • Picture ID, WSU ID number, and WSU network ID
  • Documentation of any College Board AP exams
  • Transcripts of any college classes you’ve taken
  • Measles immunization documentation (if you haven’t already mailed it in)

Important note: You will need to attend the entire Alive! Orientation program for your registration to take effect. If you run into difficulties during the program, please let us know—we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.

Parents and guests will attend Alive! activities in a track separate from students. This helps students and their supporters begin to settle into their new roles — and helps us provide information and support tailored to your specific needs and concerns.