First-Year Orientation and Programs

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Fall Advising & Registration

Required

Western’s required two-day orientation program provides an opportunity to learn about Western resources and prepare you for classes. Fall Advising & Registration sessions are available in August and September. You can make your orientation reservation beginning in early June.

Advising & Registration

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Viking Launch

Optional

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.

Viking Launch

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Western Outdoor Orientation Trips (WOOT)

Optional

WOOT supports, enhances, and eases the transition to Western for first-year students through outdoor adventure.

WOOT

Programs for Your First-Year at Western

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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. 

FIGs

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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.

Distinguished Scholars

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BEES Program

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.

BEES Program