First-Year Orientation and Programs
Orientation and first-year programs are thoughtfully designed to help you transition to life at Western.
Fall Advising and Orientation
Western’s required two-day orientation program provides an opportunity to learn about Western resources and prepare you for classes. Fall Advising and Orientation sessions are available in August and September. You can make your orientation reservation beginning in early June.
Viking Launch allows students to move into residence halls a week early and, before the quarter begins, take an experience-based seminar designed to launch them toward a major or professional field.
Western Outdoor Orientation Trips (WOOT)
WOOT supports, enhances, and eases the transition to Western for first-year students through outdoor adventure.
First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)
A FIG is a cluster of three courses: two general education courses (psychology and anthropology, for example) linked with a two-credit seminar (max. of 25 students). The learning community environment created by a FIG cluster can help students connect more quickly to university life, and foster a smoother transition from high school to college learning and expectations.
Distinguished Scholars Programs
While Scholars programs vary in their offerings, the goal of each is to create a small cohort experience for first-year students. Applications are open January through February.
The BEES program offers a great opportunity to enhance the success of pre-engineering students and prepare them to apply for engineering majors at Western. This program provides a systematic sequence of academic, social, and career support services in addition to providing up to $10,000 in scholarship funding each year to eligible students. Applications are open in February.