After visiting campus for SOAR, you may feel like you’ve got the lay of the campus down. You’re probably familiar with the library, the residence halls, the WUC, etc., but there might be some areas where you need a little extra help. Luckily, WOU’s got you covered! This year’s move-in day is Sunday, September 22, which officially starts New Student Week, allowing new students to get adjusted to campus life before starting classes. During the week, there’s a mix of seminars, mandatory events, meetings, and more. Here’s a quick guide to what you can expect during this week. 

The full schedule is online here (as a PDF) and here (as a filterable schedule).


During this week, there will be plenty of seminars you can attend, which will cover topics like relationships and time-management. There might even be one that relates to your major/minor! While these seminars are typically not mandatory, it is a great idea to check out a couple to better familiarize yourself with the campus community. Some of the events that may pique your interest are Advising 101: What to do When Meeting Your Advisor, Go get a JOB!, and It’s Okay Not to Know!, all of which have multiple sessions. 

All-student events

All-student events are likely to be mandatory, so you’ll want to mark them on your calendar. These sessions will include important information, meeting WOU’s president, and traditions like the new student picture. This year, the mandatory events include Convocation with Monti Washington on Monday at 1 p.m., Tim Mousseau: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation on Wednesday at 2 p.m., and the New Student Sunrise Breakfast on Friday at 6:30 a.m. 

Hall meetings

You’ll also have structured hall meetings this week, which will give you a chance to meet your RA (resident assistant) and your new hallmate. It’s a great idea to get to know these individuals, as you’ll be living in close proximity to one another. This year, there will be two meetings, one on Sunday the 22 at 7 p.m., and one on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. 

Find your classes

If you’re worried about finding your classes your first day, you can join a tour led by a PLUS team member. You can also find your classes by yourself, but it is a good idea to do so before your first day. 

Professor chat

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with a professor and ask questions about what they expect of their students. This year’s professor chat will be on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Off-campus students can register for the chat by emailing by Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. 

Transfer and non-traditional student welcome

New Student Week isn’t just for incoming freshmen! If you’re a transfer or non-trad(itional) student, head over to this welcome session on Monday, Sept. 23 at 9:30 a.m. in the WUC Columbia Room. It’s a great way to meet other transfers and non-trads before school even starts. You don’t need to be living on campus to swing by this event. Just register online here.

Overall, this week is meant to familiarize new students with campus before classes start and other students arrive. College can be a huge lifestyle shift, and its important to WOU that each student is fully prepared for what lies ahead.