Fall Welcome

Fall Welcome 2021 inforMation

Fall Welcome date: Thursday, August 26 - Tuesday, August 31


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Video of Fall Welcome 2021


What is Fall Welcome

 Fall Welcome is a program that assists freshmen, transfer, international, and adult learner students with their academic and social transitions to WMU. Building on the foundation created at summer orientation, Fall Welcome will connect students with WMU's campus, peers, staff, and resources all aimed at helping incoming students achieve success. All first-year beginner students are required to attend Fall Welcome, while new transfer and adult learner students are highly encouraged to register and participate.



The purpose of Fall Welcome is to give you the tools you need to get an excellent start to your college career. We want you to become an engaged and thriving college student! Attending Fall Welcome will help you prepare for the first day of class at WMU 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 (beginner and transfer) will benefit from the Fall Welcome program. Whether you are participating virtually or in-person, engaging in the activities during the week will assist your transition to WMU, helping you feel more comfortable in your new surroundings. 



We understand that the past year has been hard on much of the world. The COVID-19 Pandemic has had a tremendous effect on all of our lives, especially the lives of students entering college for the first time. The Fall Welcome program was designed this year to help new incoming students assimilate to post-pandemic policy by introducing the COVID-19 Badge SystemThe badge system will be required for entering various locations during Fall Welcome. In order to utilize the badge system, students must get their vaccine verified by Sindecuse or take the daily COVID-19 Screening. For more information please visit the COVID-19 Vaccination page.