A week of events filled with opportunities to become
a part of campus, get involved, meet other Cougs,
and have fun before classes start.

Week of Welcome 2016!

August 17-21, 2016

Week of Welcome 2016 begins with the official university move-in on Wednesday, August 17. While residence hall contracts begin on Saturday, August 13, WSU highly encourages students arrive on August 17 to kick off the college experience with WOW events beginning that night. A few pre-arranged university programs do require early arrival and students will be notified of those dates.


Before Week of Welcome

  1. Download the Week of Welcome WSU Guidebook App (android, apple)
  2. Schedule your move-in time
  3. Find @WSUWOW on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tell us what you’re looking forward to at #WSUWOW


Wednesday, August 17

Move In Day!
Pep Rally!
Coug Class Picture
Up All Night

Thursday, August 18

College Kickoff Events
Performance To Be Announced
Light Up the Night

Friday, August 19

University Convocation
All Campus Picnic
Lentil Festival Concerts
CUB Rooftop Movie
Stimson Hall Green M&M Dance

Saturday, August 20

Lentil Festival Grand Parade and Concerts
Community Service Opportunities
Project ZZU

Sunday, August 21

Color Me Coug 5K
Student Recreation Center Backyard Bash
Academic Success Workshops
Transfer Social
Residence Hall Meetings

Schedule Details

For descriptions and a complete list of schedule Week of Welcome events visit wow.wsu.edu/events/

Academic Foundations

Learn how to stay engaged in your classes and where to find help on campus.


Join the rest of the new students for your official welcome to the WSU community.

Move-in day

Let us help you move into your residence hall and make your first day on campus stress-free.

the social scene

Check out these Week of Welcome snapshots from real WSU students.

Add #WSUWOW to your posts and maybe yours will show up here too!

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Essential Programming

All incoming students are required to complete the following workshops and activites during the Week of Welcome. Students living in the residence halls will be assigned workshop times when they check into their residence hall. All other students need to sign up on their own using the links below. Student who do not complete these sessions will have a hold placed on their account preventing them from registering for classes for future semesters.

Booze, sex and reality checks

Learn more about making good decisions and where to go if you need support. Two requirements for incoming First Year and Transfer students (under the age of 21) during WOW:

  • In person Booze, Sex, & Reality Checks workshop
  • Personalized feedback survey on alcohol use (E-CHUG)

Visit adcaps.wsu.edu/realitychecks for more information.

Green dot workshop

Help us prevent violence on campus by learning how to recognize and respond to high-risk situations. Required for all new students (post-baccalaureates, part-time, and non-degree seeking students excluded).

  • The Green Dot workshop during Week of Welcome will introduce the basic elements of the program – recognizing and responding to situations that could be high risk for violence.

Visit hws.wsu.edu/WOWgreendot for more information.

Support your coug

Know someone who will be joining the Coug family soon? Transitioning to university life can be hard and having support from friends and family can be crucial to a student’s success. Learn how to best support them with this handy tool kit.