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Welcome to Orientation! You look good in Gold.

  • Gold Gateway

    Log in to confirm your enrollment, pay your deposit, and start your journey toward becoming a Bronco.

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  • Orientation Hub

    After you have completed the required items in Gold Gateway, check the Orientation Hub for the next steps on your Orientation to-do list.

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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation for fall 2022 has now concluded.

Students beginning summer or fall 2023 should check this site after February 1, 2023 for Orientation 2023 Registration Information.  In the meantime, please check out some of the resources to get a head start.

Spring Orientation 2023

For students starting classes in January of 2023, please check the Spring Orientation page after September 30.

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

 

  • 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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Orientation Materials

Take a moment to view the slides from various presentations that are delivered at Orientation.

Bronco Express & Accounts Receivable
A representative from Bronco Express will explain the financial aid process, discuss financing options, talk about the billing and payment process, and answer your questions.

Housing and WMU Dining Services
Learn about what to expect this fall with your housing experience and move-in, as well as details about dining and on and off-campus meal plans.

Campus Safety and Security
WMU takes the safety and security of students very seriously. Learn about some of the many programs and services from across campus.

Lee Honors College
Learn about the Lee Honors College requirements, read some statements from current students, learn about upcoming events and meet the staff.

Student Engagement and Community Standards
Whether you live on campus or not, you are part of the Western Michigan University community. This presentation will help you explore how you can become actively engaged within your community, while learning about various standards that we value at WMU.

Student Success Services
WMU is committed to providing academic support programs that connect students to resources they may need to achieve their academic and personal goals. Attend this session to learn more.

Institutional Equity
The Title IX Coordinator will share how to get involved in the University-wide effort to end all forms of sexual misconduct.

Family Strategies for Supporting Student Success
Discuss how you can engage with and support your student as they settle into life at WMU.

Career and Student Employment Services / WMU Signature
Learn about full-time, part-time and internship opportunities on and off campus. This session will explain WMU's web-based employment service, Handshake – and the resources for career planning that are available throughout the academic year. You will also Learn about this student engagement program for students to reflect on their out-of-class learning experiences, to explore and identify a passion that will be reflected on their WMU diploma.

 

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 wmich.edu/orientationhub 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 helpdesk@wmich.edu.  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 orientation@wmich.edu 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 ost-info@wmich.edu or call our office at (269) 387-2167.