Fall Semester

Week of Welcome

August 12 – 19, 2023

Week of Welcome (WOW) is a week-long event on the WSU Pullman campus that helps new and returning students kick off the new academic year. WOW events are fun and intended to connect you with campus resources and your new Cougar family. 

Each academic college will host a Kickoff event, featuring workshops and activities designed to welcome new students to their colleges and majors. The University Convocation is the official university welcome to the academic learning community.

Week Of Welcome (WOW) Events

These are programs that are key New Coug experiences. Students are HIGHLY encouraged to attend the signature events listed below. More events will be added to Coug Presence throughout the summer. Pick and choose your events and build your WOW experience. 

Signature Events for All Cougs to Attend

Student Employment Fair

Description: Join us at WSU’s Week of Welcome – Student Employment Fair on August 15th – Meet your future employer and find part-time, local, and on-campus employment opportunities!
Audience: Open to All Students
Date/Time: Tues., Aug. 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Glenn Terrell Mall  

Pep Rally and New Coug Photo

Description: The Pep rally is an introduction to WSU athletics, teams, Cougar Marching Band, Spirit Squad, and Butch aimed at inspiring enthusiasm for our WSU Cougar Sports.
Audience: First-year students
Date/Time: Wed., Aug. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Martin Stadium/Gesa Field 

Academic College Kickoffs

Description: Aimed to continue to develop the relationship between new first-year students and WSU’s academic colleges.
Audience: First-year students
Date/Time: Thurs., Aug. 17, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Various Locations, see CougPresence for locations


Description: Playfair is straight up unlike anything else your campus has ever experienced. It’s entertainment! It’s fun! It’s the perfect way to make new campus friendships! NOTE: Please arrive at least 10 min. early and plan on wearing comfortable closed toe sneakers. We recommend weather appropriate athletic wear with pockets (for your phone), and a water bottle for the event. Only bring the absolute essentials like your phone and room key/card with lanyard, do not bring purses, backpacks, etc.
Audience: First-year students
Date/Time: Thurs., Aug. 17, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Mooberry Track

University Convocation

Description: Faculty and staff welcome first year students to academic and community leaders. Speakers include faculty, a sophomore student speaker, and WSU Pullman’s Chancellor.
Audience: First-year students
Date/Time: Fri., Aug. 18, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Beasley Coliseum

All-Campus Picnic & Resource Fair

Description: An outdoor event providing a BBQ style meal, music, and information/resource fair bringing all our WSU campus and Pullman community together.
Audience: Open to all students, faculty, and staff
Date/Time: Fri., Aug. 18, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: CUB (All-Campus Picnic); Glenn Terrell Mall (Resource Fair)

CougGlow Dance Party

Description: A live DJ dance to celebrate the beginning of fall semester aimed at providing a popular activity to allow new first year students to continue to connect with each other in an environment familiar to them.
Audience: Open to all students
Date/Time: Sat., Aug. 19, 9:00-11:30 p.m.
Location: CUB Senior Ballroom

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