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Week of Welcome Washington State University


Washington State University looks forward to seeing all of our Cougs in-person for the Fall 2021 semester in accordance state and public health guidelines. Classes begin on Monday, August 23.

August 14 – 22, 2021

Week of Welcome is a week-long event on the WSU – Pullman campus that combines academic and social programmfing to help new and returning students kick off the new academic year. The programming will focus on supporting your navigation with topics such as housing and financial aid, help you make connections with other new and returning students, and teach you more about academic preparedness, social identity, campus engagement, and other important topics transitioning to college life.

Week of Welcome Schedule

The Week of Welcome schedule will live on Coug Presence, WSU’s new student event and organization platform. Any change of locations due to poor air quality or inclement weather will be posted on Coug Presence.

CougInfo Spots

Lost, have questions, need to know what’s going on for the day? Feel free to stop by various CougInfo Spots located near the Compton Union Building (CUB), Stephenson Complex, and Chinook Student Center.
  • Saturday, August 14 – Sunday, August 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  •  Thursday, August 19, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Available to walk you to your Academic Kick-Offs

Anchor Programs

These are programs that are key New Coug experiences. Students are encouraged to attend the programs throughout the week. Visit us at a CougInfo Spot scattered around campus for help getting to the various locations. Student Resource Fair
  • Wed. Aug. 18, Time 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • LocationCompton Union Building (CUB) Senior and Junior Ballrooms  
Pep Rally and New Coug Photo 
  • Wed. Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Martin Stadium 
Academic College Kickoffs
  • Thurs. Aug. 19, 2:0 0p.m.-4:00 p.m. 
  • Various Locations, see the event page for location details
University Convocation  
  • Fri. Aug. 20, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 
  • Location: Beasley Coliseum (Enter through the Beasley Bridge Doors) 
New Coug BBQ 
  • Fri. Aug. 20, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Dining Centers 
    • Note: New Coug BBQ is replacing the All Campus Picnic for Fall 2021. This will be a student-only event.
Second Year (Sophomore) Social & Class Photo
  • Fri., August 20, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Valley Road Play fields
CougGlow Dance Party (Open to all students)
  • Fri., Aug 20, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
  • CUB Senior Ballroom
View the full schedule

What to Expect

Academic Foundations

Each academic college will host a Kickoff event, featuring workshops and activities designed to welcome new students to their colleges and majors.

Cougar Connections

University Convocation is the official university welcome to the academic learning community.

Prep for Classes

Sessions will be offered to new students throughout the week to form connections, ask questions, and start the semester off on the best foot possible. Students living in the residence halls will be required to attend community meetings.

In-Person Experiences

Washington State University looks forward to seeing all of our Cougs in-person for the Fall 2021 semester in accordance with state and public health guidelines. Classes begin on all of our campuses on Monday, August 23.

Families & Supporters

Stay connected to the Coug family, even when you are not in Pullman. Learn more about our Family & Supporter Newsletter, Family Weekends, and more here.