About Orientation

About Orientation


The mission of the Western Michigan University Orientation program is to provide a comprehensive experience which will aid new students in their transition to the institution, expose new students to the educational opportunities within WMU, integrate new students into the academic and campus life of the institution, increase the retention rate of new students, assist parents of new students to understand the University environment and services, and enhance parental awareness of issues facing college students.


The goals of the Western Michigan University Orientation program are divided into four categories:

Institutional Understanding

  • To assist students in understanding the purpose of higher education
  • To assist students in determining their purpose in attending WMU
  • To assist students in developing positive relationships with faculty, staff, peers, and other individuals in the community
  • To help students understand the institution's expectation of them
  • To provide an atmosphere and information to enable students to make appropriate choices
  • To provide and encourage an atmosphere conducive to a multicultural campus

Academic Understanding

  • To provide information concerning academic policies, procedures and requirements
  • To explain the process for class scheduling and registration and provide trained supportive assistance
  • To provide academic advising to inform students of curriculum requirements and expectations
  • To facilitate the registration of classes in order to complete the enrollment process

Student and Parent Transition

  • To develop a familiarity with the physical surroundings
  • To create an atmosphere that minimizes anxiety, promotes positive attitudes, and stimulates an excitement for learning
  • To provide information on personal safety and security
  • To provide opportunities to discuss expectations and perceptions of the campus with current students, faculty, and staff
  • To encourage students to participate in social activities in order to develop peer and professional contacts

Services and Opportunities

  • To provide information about and opportunities for self-assessment
  • To provide information and exposure to available student support services
  • To provide a meaningful residence hall experience



Ask a question about the WMU Orientation Program online,
or give us a call at (269) 387-2167

First-Year Experience Programs
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5263 USA
(269) 387-2167 | (269) 387-2114 Fax