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What To Expect

Week of Welcome will be August 16 through the 20, the week before classes begin. Check out some of the daily events!

Wednesday, August 16

Move In Day!

Let us help make your student’s first day back on campus as stress-free as possible. Faculty, staff, and current WSU students will help new students and their families move into the residence halls! Be sure to sign up for a Move In time by following the “Move In Day!” link above!

Thursday, August 17

Academic Foundations!

Each academic college will be hosting a Kickoff event, featuring workshops and activities designed to welcome new students to their colleges and majors! All new students should report to the Glenn Terrell Mall at 1:30pm to be escorted to their College Kickoff location.

Friday, August 18

Cougar Connections!

The University Convocation ceremony on Friday morning is the official university welcome to new students! Parents and supporters are able to experience Convocation via live stream at convocation.wsu.edu. Immediately after Convocation, the WSU/Pullman community will converge onto Cougar Way (in front of Global Scholars Hall) for the All Campus Picnic. Lunch is free to all WSU faculty, staff, and students.

Saturday, August 19

National Lentil Festival!

Pullman, WA is home to the National Lentil Festival, which sports the World’s Largest Bowl of Lentil Chili! This amazing connection to the Pullman community is encouraged of all new Cougs!  More information about the Lentil Festival cane be found here!

Sunday, August 20

Prep for Classes!

Sessions will be offered to new students Sunday afternoon to form connections, ask questions, and start the semester off on the best foot possible. Following mandatory meetings within residential communities Sunday evening, students should catch the shuttles to Shopko for Shop Til You Drop! Shuttles will run from 5:45pm-10:00pm from the Washington Building and the Global Scholars bus stop, and all new students will receive 15% off of their total purchase that evening!

Get Your Coug Connected

Did your student benefit from the small group experience they had during their Alive! session? Week of Welcome Small Groups are designed for just that purpose!

WOW Small Groups will meet together a few times over the course of Week of Welcome to get to know each other, discuss the transition to college, and attend events together.  These groups are designed for those new students who are not already involved with a structured involvement opportunity during Week of Welcome, such as formal Greek recruitment.

If your student would enjoy a more structured element to Week of Welcome, please encourage them to register for the WOW Small Group experience by filling out the linked webform!