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Week of Welcome Washington State University

Event Overview

Week of Welcome is a week-long event that combines academic, educational, developmental, and social programming to provide a solid foundation for new and returning students. The programming will focus on helping students meet basic needs on campus, make connections with fellow students, faculty, and staff, prepare for the academic year, establish their social identity, and transition into life as a WSU student.

This year, Week of Welcome will be August 13 – 22. Any questions about the Week of Welcome schedule can be sent to New Student Programs at

Week of Welcome Anchor Programs


Student Resource Fair

  • Wed. Aug. 18, Time 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: CUB Ballrooms (Second Floor) 

Pep Rally and New Coug Photo 

  • Wed. Aug. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Martin Stadium 

Academic College Kickoffs

  • Thurs. Aug. 19, 2:00-4:00 p.m., 
  • Various Locations, see the event page for location details

University Convocation (first-year students only) 

  • Fri. Aug. 20, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 
  • Location: Beasley Coliseum 

New Coug BBQ (an exclusive first year and sophomore dining event) 

  • 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.


Submit a Week of Welcome Event

New Student Programs is centralizing all of our WOW activities inside of our new student engagement software Presence. If you would like to have an event that is not a WOW anchor program and would like to be included on the WOW schedule, please identify a member of your team who will register for the event. Then have that individual complete the Department Access Request form. Following the completion of that form, this person will be given access and instructions about how to register an event in presence for WOW. All events must be registered by July 30.

Stay Updated via Campus Partner Teams Site

New Student Programs provides timely updates, schedules, and information on Week of Welcome on our Campus Partner Teams site. This repository of information is for all staff/faculty interested in learning how to be involved with Week of Welcome or who plans on hosting events. Additionally, all campus partner meeting information is shared on the Teams site. Use your WSU network information to log into Teams and stay the most updated.

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