Transition Orientation Program



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What is the Transition Orientation Program?

To succeed in college you need to be familiar with and understand how to use the resources available outside of the classroom. Transition Orientation Program (TOP) is a half-day orientation for ALL new transfer students, returner or second bachelor students, starting in summer I, summer II or fall. The program is designed to make the transition for new students to WMU a simple one. You will have the opportunity to get your WMU Student ID, attend presentations from residence life, financial aid, student activities and leadership programs, career and student employment services and more! 

All in-person sessions due to COVID-19 concerns have been cancelled. 

While orientation is not required, participation is highly encouraged.  Orientation is a great way to get to know WMU prior to your arrival on campus.  We are currently offering two options for students.


Online Orientation Experience:
The online orientation experience is an interactive orientation completed all online via Elearning.  This is a self-paced program and will take about 2 to 2.5 hours to complete if you want to finish it all in one sitting.  Or, you can stop and start as many times as you want.  In order to sign up for this program, you will need to log into your Gold Gateway account.  Look for the session marked Transition Orientation Program ONLINE.  Once you register, you will receive a confirmation message with instructions on how to access the modules.  It will take approximately 24 hours for the course to appear in your Elearning account. If you previously registered for an orientation session, you will need to cancel that registration first.  For assistance, please call our office at 269-387-2167 or email at

CLICK HERE to Register for the Online Orientation Experience via the Gold Gateway in the WMU Portal.

Virtual (Live) Transition Orientation Program - Friday, July 24 and Friday, August 14:
Through the virtual orientation program, you will be able to select topics of interest to you.  There are several informational topics to choose from including Career and Student Employment, Study Abroad, Bronco Express, Residence Life/Dining services and more.  You will also have the opportunity to meet some current WMU students and ask questions and even take a virtual tour of campus with one of our ambassadors.  You must register to participate in the virtual orientation program and may do so using the following buttons.

Friday, July 24

Friday, August 14

Academic advising

Get started on the right track.  Prior to registering for your first semester of classes, you must contact your academic advisor.  By doing so, you will ensure that you are taking the appropriate courses - not duplicating work already completed, in progress or planned.  In addition, you will be able to begin the process of planning for future semesters. Course registration may already be open for the semester you plan to start.  See your advisor early and be ready to register for your classes.  You do not have to pay for your classes at the time of registration unless you have been admitted after invoices have been sent.  Again, you cannot register for your classes until you contact your academic advisor. 

All of the academic colleges will be available the day of the in-person orientation, after the session, if you need to follow up on advising questions. You can find the contact information below.  If you are unsure of which college to contact for your major, give us a call.

  • College of Arts and Sciences—2318 Friedmann Hall (269) 387-4366
  • College of Aviation—2210 Kohrman Hall (269) 387-0347
  • College of Education and Human Development—2421 Sangren Hall (269) 387-3474
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences—E102 Parkview (269) 276-3270
  • College of Fine Arts
    • Art—2104 Richmond Center for Visual Arts (269) 387-2440
    • Music—2132 Dalton Center (269) 387-4672
    • Theatre and Dance—1103 Gilmore Theatre Complex (269) 387-3210
  • College of Health and Human Services—2125 Health and Human Service Bldg. (269) 387-2656
  • Extended University Programs—3221 Ellsworth Hall (269) 387-4156
  • Exploratory Advising—1275 Ellsworth Hall (269) 387-4410
  • Haworth College of Business—2350 Schneider Hall (269) 387-5075
  • Lee Honors College—(269) 387-3230


Check your WMU Email Account Often

Be sure to check your WMU Email account often as this is where financial aid, housing assignments and other WMU business related messages will be sent.


 parent, family, and guest orientation experience

If you have parent, family member or guest that would like to see the orientation modules, they may access them at the following URL.

The above link is for parents, families and guests only. STUDENTS:  If you go through the modules using the family link, your attendance will not be counted for completing your online orientation modules! Follow the instructions in your orientation email in order to log in via GoWMU and complete your Student Orientation in Elearning.


Continue your orientation experience by participating in any number of virtual community sessions being offered in the month of July.  These sessions will provide real-time opportunities to connect with current students, faculty, staff, student organizations, and affinity groups.  You can explore areas of interest and learn about the many ways that you can connect to campus. Getting involved is important for any student.  Sessions are currently being created and added daily.  For more information about the virtual community sessions, use the following URL.