Fall Welcome

Fall Welcome is a three-day program that assists first-year and transfer students with their academic and social transitions to WMU. Building on the foundation created at summer orientation, Fall Welcome will connect students with WMU, other students, faculty, and staff. All first-year students are expected to attend Fall Welcome and transfer students are encouraged to participate as well.

Fall Welcome is August 31 - September 2, 2016, with early move-in days on August 29 and August 30 for students in select programs as noted below. 


Monday, August 29 move-in: Lee Honors College Students 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Tuesday, August 30 move-in: First-Year Seminar (FYE 2100); Emerging Leaders; MLK Academy; ROTC and Air Force ROTC, Alpha, Seita, TRiO SSP, TRiO FESP, CAMP  ** Final Freshmen Orientation Students (for those who did not attend summer orientation) move-in  from 9 a.m. to Noon regardless of last name**

Wednesday, August 31 move-in: all first- year Fall Welcome students not in the above-mentioned programs

****All Fall Welcome TRANSFER STUDENTS not in the Lee Honors College, FYE 2100, Emerging Leaders, MLK Academy, or Seita move in Wednesday, August 31 from 9 a.m. - Noon****         

Complete move-in details can be found here.                                                                                          

Why you should attend Fall Welcome

The purpose of Fall Welcome is to give you all the tools you need to get an excellent start to your college career. We want you to become an engaged college student, and Fall Welcome does this by assisting you in developing the skills you need to be prepared for the fall semester on the first day of class. You will meet your roommate and make other new friends and we'll help you find that student organization that is just right for you. It is our expectation that Fall Welcome will help you navigate your way around campus and become acquainted with the campus resources that are critical to your student success.

At Western Michigan University it is our strong position that all first-year students will benefit from the Fall Welcome program. Your participation in the activities during the week will assist your transition to WMU, helping you feel more comfortable in your new surroundings. Ultimately, this will help you succeed during your first semester at WMU and beyond.