Attending college is a major life event filled with expectations and questions. The Office of Student Transitions welcomes and supports you during your time at WMU!
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The Office of Student Transitions is committed to supporting all undergraduate students, including first-years, transfers, and contemporary adult learners. We assist and support students in developing social networks, understanding the expectations of academic rigor, learning about the vast opportunities and resources at Western Michigan University, and preparing for life beyond WMU.
The Office of Student Transitions will acclimate incoming undergraduate students to Western Michigan University's collegiate culture and provide them the support and assistance to help them become involved and engaged Broncos.
Becoming immersed in the collegiate experience has the potential to change one’s personal and career trajectories for life. Through engagement with OST, students will:
- Develop a strong academic foundation that culminates with graduation from WMU
- Gain social connections and relationships with peers, faculty, and staff
- Find balance between academic and personal lives
- Participate in a diverse and inclusive community that celebrates the uniqueness of all students
- Learn the value and importance of service learning, respect, and civility
New Student Orientation
Once you have been accepted to Western Michigan University, your next step is to work through the orientation path. Our entire campus community is here to help you thrive and to make your orientation process as informative and simple as possible.
Fall Welcome is a program that assists first-year, transfer, international, and adult learner students with their academic and social transitions to WMU. Building on the foundation created at summer orientation, Fall Welcome connects students with WMU's campus, other students, faculty, and staff. All first-year students are required to attend Fall Welcome and new transfer and adult learner students are encouraged to register and attend.
FYE-2100 is an intensive, highly interactive, course curriculum that empowers students in making the transition from high school to college and introduces them to the excitement of intellectual inquiry, personal discovery, and the university campus culture. This two credit-hour course led by an instructor, and co-facilitated by a student leader, is designed to unite a cohort of new WMU students by providing shared experiential learning opportunities that supports individual and collective student wellness.
Initiated in 2015, the Foundation Scholars program supports students who have demonstrated personal resilience and outstanding academic performance despite economic and other hardships. Students receiving the award become part of a community of scholars who support each other and work toward common goals.
Western Michigan University is dedicated to student success. As a result, every first-year and transfer student is assigned an established WMU student as an eMentor to aid in each student's transition to WMU's campus and the community.
Transfer Student Services
Making the decision to transfer can be a difficult choice. Transfer Student Services (TSS) works with incoming transfer students to help ensure as smooth a transition as possible.