The Cougar welcome wagon

numerous cars and people moving boxes of stuff
Move-in Day at Washington State University Pullman campus, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.

Students arriving for the new academic year are being welcomed with movies, free food, concerts and more across the WSU system.

Classes start Aug. 20 systemwide but move-in already is underway on the Pullman campus, where residence halls opened Saturday for crowds of early arrivals. Expect large crowds again on Wednesday for the 2018-19 academic year’s formal move-in day, which coincides with the start of the Week of Welcome festivities.

The annual Pullman tradition kicks off with a new student pep rally and class photo. The week also features the University Convocation and the always popular All-Campus Picnic, both on Friday, Aug. 17, along with free movies, concerts, and residence hall activities throughout the week. A full list of events can be found at the Week of Welcome website.

Also for those in Pullman, the annual National Lentil Festival returns August 17 and 18 at Reaney Park and surrounding areas.


  • WSU Vancouver students will be welcomed by huge Cougar flags waved by faculty, staff and alumni. Additional events the week of Aug. 20 include a back-to-school barbecue and an outdoor movie night. The full list can be found at the Vancouver campus events calendar.
  • WSU Tri-Cities will be holding a campus fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 22. The event includes informational tables for clubs and community members, and the student entertainment board barbecue. The Tri-Cities campus events calendar has the full list.
  • WSU Spokane is hosting its new student orientation on Thursday, Aug. 16. The event will feature breakout sessions on a number of topics, a campus resource fair and a performance from Serious About Science, a band whose members are made up of College of Pharmacy faculty. Learn more at the Spokane campus events calendar.
  • WSU Everett has back-to-school activities starting Aug. 20 with a WSU Spirit Day, followed later in the week with a Campus BBQ, Student Club Mix and Mingle and more. The Everett campus events calendar has the full list of activities.

Members of the WSU Cougar Marching Band perform in front of a residence hall.
The WSU Cougar Marching Band entertains new and returning Cougs Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.

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