PACK Welcome

PACK Welcome (Prepare, Advise, Connect, Know) is a series of orientation activities for admitted students beginning in the summer or fall. With personalized academic advising and a team dedicated to helping you prepare for campus life, PACK Welcome is your opportunity to get a jumpstart on your journey at Western. Check out the timeline below for more information!

New Student CheckList

Before you begin your classes for Fall Term, there are a few things you need to do. Use the checklist below to make sure you’re ready for beginning of your time at WOU!

1. WOU Said Yes!

The first step in beginning your journey as a Wolf is to complete the tasks on the WOU Said Yes! checklist.

It’s especially important to have your WOU Portal and email set up and sign your Revolving Charge Contract (found on your WOU Portal).

2. Intent to Register

Complete the Intent to Register Form

  • WOU doesn’t require a deposit, but we do require you to complete the Intent to Register form as confirmation so that we know you’re committed to joining us this fall.
  • If your plans have changed and you want to defer to another term or cancel your admission altogether, please let us know by on the Intent to Regiser form.
  • This form will require you to login using your credentials you set up when you applied
3. Housing

Reserve your spot in Housing!

  • The earlier you apply, the greater chances you have of getting into your preferred space.
  • Roommate matching will happen in June 2024, and you will be emailed with more information as the time gets closer.
  • Western Oregon has a first-year live-on requirement, because we know that living on campus your first year helps you get and stay connected—and do better in classes! You can learn more here.
  • Did you know that almost half of our on campus residents are either returning upperclass students or transfer students? With a variety of housing options centrally located to both campus and Downtown Monmouth, living on campus can be an easy alternative to apartment hunting.
4. [Optional/Special Populations] Honors Program

Apply for the Honors Program!

  • Honors is a great way to take some interesting courses, get an honors designation on your degree, and build community. Plus, there are dedicated honors scholarships for every year.
  • Note that the Honors Program requires three years to complete.
  • Find the application and more information here.
5. [Optional/Special Populations] TRIO Programs

Apply to be part of TRIO!

  • Western has two TRIO Programs—the Student Enrichment Program and Teacher Prep Student Support Services for incoming students that identify as being first generation (neither parent/guardian has a 4-year degree), low-income, or have a documented disability. This is a great resource that provides additional support year round, free First Year Seminar classes, and more!
6. [Optional] Destination Western Application

Fill out our Destination Western Application

  • Destination Western is our all-expenses paid, ten-day residential orientation program designed to support students who may need a little extra support in math, writing, or the social adjustment of entering college.
  • The application closes July 16th, 2024 at 11:59pm.
7. Summer Orientation: PACK Connect Days

Register for a PACK Connect Summer Orientation Day

  • PACK Connect Days are our summer orientation days where you get to learn about resources on campus, connect with fellow new wolves, and get all your questions answered! Registration is now open for our July 10th, 12th, and 13th events. We can’t wait to see you there!
  • If you won’t be able to make it to a PACK Connect Day, no worries—just fill out this form to let us know and get connected to resources!
Next Steps Coming Soon!

Check back soon for next steps! We’ll continue to add and update this checklist as we get closer to fall!

Know: PACK Welcome Week

Before you dive into your first term of classes, we have a jam-packed week of exciting activities to help you become acclimated to campus life. From speakers, to socials, to signing your name on the sidewalk, join your fellow new wolves to begin making your mark at WOU!

Contact the department of New Student & Family Programs | (503) 838-9482 | M-F, 9am-5pm | Virtually & On Campus (WUC 210)