Fall Welcome

Click here for the Alternate Fall Welcome Ambassador application



Please join us on your student's move-in day to make a care package and write a note to your student, which will be delivered after Fall Welcome.


Commuter students, even though Fall Welcome check-in does not begin until 5:15 p.m., you and your family/guests are welcome to come to campus early.  You can visit the family lounge for refreshments, mingle with WMU staff, and make a care package to take home with you.


The care package station and family lounge will be held on August 29 and 30 in rooms 105-107 of the Bernhard Center from Noon to 4 p.m.


Please RSVP Here by August 21 .


Click on a postcard below regarding Fall Welcome Information for students who are not participating in a special program.





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 required to attend Fall Welcome and new transfer students are encouraged to register and attend.

                                    FALL WELCOME IS MANDATORY FOR ALL FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS!



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! Attending Fall Welcome will help you prepare for the first day of class and the fall semester.  You will meet new friends, be formally welcomed to the university by our president, mingle with faculty and advisors from your college, find your classrooms, and have lots of fun at our many social events.  Fall Welcome will also help you to navigate your way around campus and become acquainted with the campus resources that are critical to your 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.