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New Student Orientation


New Student Orientation

Congratulations on your admission to WMU! Your academic journey begins with New Student Orientation. Orientation is required for all incoming students (transfer, beginner and early middle college) starting either summer session or fall semester in 2022. Orientation is the most efficient and effective way to become more comfortable with your transition from high school or transferring from another institution. All orientation sessions will be held in-person on the main campus of WMU.

During orientation, you will learn more about the many programs and services available to you at WMU, including social engagement opportunities, making connections with other students, touring campus and meeting with your new advisor to select your courses.

You can take care of other University business during orientation, including:


Guests and Families

Students are welcome to bring two guests to orientation. If participating in the overnight program, students will spend the night in one of our residence halls; however, guests will be responsible for their own accommodations.

Orientation Dates


WMU offers a variety of orientation options to suit your schedule. Take a look below to discover which session will work best for you based on your student type.  Capacity is limited for each session, so sign up for your choice as soon as possible!

One-day programs

(honors, transfer, and early middle college students only)

Monday, May 9Honors students only (session closed)
Monday, May 16Honors students only (session closed)
Friday, May 20Transfer and Early Middle College students only (session closed)
Monday, May 23Honors students only
Friday, July 15Transfer and Early Middle College students only
Friday, August 12Transfer and Early Middle College students only

Two-day programs

(open to all students)

Thursday and FridayJune 2-3, 2022Open to all students
Monday and TuesdayJune 6-7, 2022Open to all students
Thursday and FridayJune 9-10, 2022Open to all students
Monday and TuesdayJune 13-14, 2022Open to all students
Thursday and FridayJune 16-17, 2022Open to all students
Monday and TuesdayJune 20-21, 2022Open to all students
Thursday and FridayJune 23-24, 2022Open to all students
Monday and TuesdayJune 27-28, 2022Open to all students
Thursday and FridayJune 30 - July 1, 2022Open to all students
  • View sample one-day schedule

    * More detailed schedules will become available by May 1. Please use the following agendas to get an idea of your time commitment during Orientation.

    TimesEvent Description
    8:30 a.m.Check-in Begins
    Browse information booths and tables
    9 to 9:15 a.m.Welcome
    9:15 to 9:55 a.m.Various presentations
    10 to 10:25 a.m.Breakout Session I
    10:30 to 10:55 a.m.Breakout Session II
    11 to 11:25 a.m.Breakout Session III
    11:30 to 11:55 a.m.Breakout Session IV
    12 p.m.Wrap-Up
    Dismiss for Tours and/or Lunch
    1:30 p.m.Advising meetings and other University business on your own (Transfer/EMC Students only)
    1:30 to 2:30 p.m.Academic College Sessions (Honors students only)
    1:30 to 4:00 p.m.Various parent/family/guest presentations (families of Honors students only)
    2:30 to 5:00 p.m.Academic Advising (Honors students only)
  • View sample two-day schedule

    * More detailed schedules will become available by May 1. Please use the following agendas to get an idea of your time commitment during Orientation.

    TimesEvent Description
    Day 1
    8:30 a.m.Check-in Begins @ residence hall
    8:30 to 10 a.m.Browse informational booths and tables (includes academic colleges)
    10 to 11 a.m.Welcome and presentations
    11 a.m.Students meet orientation leaders on front lawn
    Icebreakers and Lunch
    11 a.m. to NoonParent/family/guest presentations
    11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Staggered lunch for all
    Brief campus tours
    1:30 to 2:30 p.m.College Breakout Sessions for students
    1:30 to 4:30 p.m.Parent/family/guest programming
    2:45 to 5:45 p.m.Student programming
    5:45 to 7:15 p.m.Staggered dinner for students
    7:45 to 10:15 p.m.Evening Activities
    10:30 p.m.Return to Residence Hall
    Day 2
    7 to 8 a.m.Breakfast @ Valley Dining Center (students only)
    8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Academic Advising sessions and course registration (students only)
  • All undergraduate domestic students planning to enroll in either summer session or fall 2022 courses will need to sign up for a two-day session unless already registered for the transfer/early middle college or honors sessions.

  • Transfer and Early Middle College students are eligible to register for courses based on the number of credit hours you transferred to WMU. Transfer students started at another higher education institution and are transferring to WMU. Early middle college students are high school students attending and graduating from an early/middle college program.

  • Honors students are defined as students who have accepted their admission to Lee Honors College.

Non-undergrad Student info

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    Graduate Students

    For questions and information related to graduate orientation, please visit the Graduate College.

    Graduate Orientation

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    International Students

    For questions related to orientation for international students, please visit International Student Services.

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    Parents and Families

    Your student has access to a wealth of resources at WMU, and we want to provide you with the knowledge, resources and assistance needed to help too.

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Your Next Steps

  • 1. Gold Gateway
    1. Log into the Gold Gateway using the username and password you created during your application.
    2. Accept your admission to WMU and pay the $100 Enrollment Deposit (waived for Pell eligible students)
  • 2. After accepting your admission

    Once you have accepted your admission and paid the enrollment deposit, access the Student Orientation Hub using your Bronco NetID and password.  Here you will complete the following orientation tasks (not all tasks apply to all students):

    • Register for Orientation - REQUIRED
    • Complete the Pre-Advising Survey – REQUIRED
    • Sign-up for On-Campus Housing
    • Complete ALEKS math placement assessment – REQUIRED if not transferring a math course
    • Complete the Foundations in Writing and Reading survey - REQUIRED if not transferring a writing course
    • Complete the Online Orientation Modules – OPEN MAY 1
    • Submit your photo for your Bronco ID card
    • Submit Military documents
    • Upload your COVID vaccination card
    • Complete your FAFSA
  • 3. Academic Advising

    Academic advising will take place during your in-person orientation session.

    Because transfer and early middle college students are eligible to register for courses based on transfer credit hours, they will receive a link to book an appointment with an advisor which can be held either in-person or virtually. This appointment may happen before you attend your in-person Orientation session.

  • 4. Online Orientation Modules

    All students are required to complete the Online Orientation Modules, which open May 1 in Elearning and should be finished by August 19. You are automatically enrolled into these modules after you complete your Pre-Advising Survey.

    Please note: it may take up to 24 hours for the modules to appear in Elearning. Please set aside 30 to 60 minutes to complete all six modules.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to participate in orientation?

    Yes. All new beginner and transfer students starting classes in Summer I, Summer II or Fall at WMU for the first time are required to attend orientation.

  • How much does orientation cost?

    Orientation and Fall Welcome are required for all freshmen and Early Middle College students.  The combined fee of $370 will appear on the fall tuition invoice as two separate line items - one for Orientation and one for Fall Welcome.  Students who attend orientation and decide not to enroll at WMU will be responsible for a non-refundable orientation fee of $195.  The Fall Welcome fee is $175.

    Orientation is required for all incoming transfer students.  A fee of $195 will appear on the fall tuition invoice.  Students who attend orientation and decide not to enroll at WMU will be responsible for the non-refundable fee.  If you are a transfer student and participate in Fall Welcome, you will be charged the Fall Welcome fee of $175 in addition to the orientation fee.  The fee(s) will appear on your fall tuition invoice.

  • How do I log into the Student Orientation Hub?

    You can access the SOH at and log in with your Bronco NetID (username) and password.  

  • First time using your Bronco NetID?

    You should have received a Bronco NetID and a temporary password via email from the Office of Information Technology. Your Bronco NetID is different from your WIN (Western Identification Number). Visit Change Password to set you set your Bronco NetID password. If you do not have your Bronco NetID and temporary password, please contact the Technology Help Desk at (269) 387-HELP or email  You may need to check your junk, spam or promotions folders to locate this message.

    • Log in to GoWMU to verify your new password.
    • Be sure to check your WMU email regularly, as important University business -- such as your financial aid offer details -- will be sent there.
  • Which email address is orientation information being sent to?

    Information related to orientation should be going to your new WMU email address, however, please check both your WMU personal email accounts to ensure you receive all communications. Please also be sure to monitor your spam, junk, clutter and promotions folders too! Adding to your safe senders list, will help ensure prompt delivery.

  • How do I know if I missed something, especially checking two different emails?

    Your WMU email account should be your main connection to WMU.  Most messages related to WMU business will come to your WMU email address.  If you only want to check one email account, you can always connect your email accounts with one another.  To track anything related to Orientation, you can log into your Student Orientation Hub and/or refer to your process map.

Orientation Tips


Orientation Tips

  • Each student's journey is unique- we know it, now you do too- don't stress about it!
  • Not all tasks in checklists apply to all students. If one is not applicable to you, simply move on to the next.
  • Scheduling your classes occurs with your academic advisor when you attend in-person Orientation.  Transfer, and Early Middle College Students – it is possible that your advising session may occur virtually, before your in-person Orientation session.
  • Take advantage of all opportunities to meet people and get involved- even virtually- during the Orientation process. Familiar faces on day one, in class or at lunch make campus life much more fun!
  • We are here to help - no question or concern is unimportant. Email us at or call our office at (269) 387-2167.