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Aug. 20: CONEXION to welcome new WSU multicultural students
August 16, 2017

welcome to the cougar family cardBy Steve Nakata, Student Affairs

PULLMAN, Wash. – It is anticipated that more than 500 multicultural freshman and transfer students will attend Washington State University’s CONEXION Orientation Program, 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, in the Compton Union Building senior and junior ballrooms.

May 20-21: WSU orientation for Spanish-speaking students
May 11, 2017

WSU La Bienvenida 2016By Steve Nakata, Administrative Services

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will provide a Spanish-speaking orientation program for new students and their families on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, on the Pullman campus.

Through Oct. 7: Students can apply as orientation counselors
September 22, 2016


PULLMAN, Wash. – Undergraduate students can apply through Oct. 7 to be paid ambassadors during summer Alive! sessions for new students and their parents. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate students for these orientation counselor (OC) positions.

WSU orientation offers guidance for parents too
June 1, 2015

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

BumpusPULLMAN, Wash. – The transition to college can be as tough for parents as it is for students. To help parents cope, Washington State University has initiated Letting Go and Staying Connected, the final workshop during the 12 Alive! student/parent orientation sessions in June and July.

Online orientation for new international students
June 26, 2013

tutorial video

 A still from one of the iCoug℠ Tutorial videos.



PULLMAN, Wash. – Online orientation premiered this summer to better prepare new international students before their arrival at Washington State University.


The multimedia iCoug℠ Tutorial uses videos, PowerPoint, avatars and other interactive tools to prepare international students for the WSU experience and to inform them of resources available to ensure success. The program provides information about visas/immigration, academic expectations, cultural adjustment, getting connected and more.


Leading the way

Denise Keeton, WSU Office of International Programs’ (IP) program support supervisor, attended a session on … » More …

Alive! 2013 in full swing
June 18, 2013


Photos by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services


PULLMAN, Wash. – Alive! 2013 is in full swing on the Washington State University Pullman campus, as new students go through a three-day orientation process.

Led by orientation staff, participants get a tour of the campus and a chance to meet and make friends with other incoming students.

Alive activities include:

Writing placement examination

Honors writing diagnostic exam

Meals with counselors and other students

Walking tour of downtown

Computer lab orientation

WSU Jeopardy/trivia

Overview of core curriculum, learning communities, common reading

Program, the WSU … » More …

Small army of faculty, staff guide Alive! 2010
June 29, 2010

Photos by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services, and Tim Marsh, WSU Today.  Music: “The Monkey King,” played by WSU Jazz Big Band and written by Patrick Sheng.



Article by Robert Frank, WSU Today


PULLMAN – Fall semester incoming students are gearing up for a successful transition via the WSU’s 21st annual Alive! orientation program.


During June and July, about 3,300 students and their parents will attend one of 10 two- or three-day long Alive! programs. 


The required program includes a wide range of activities designed to acquaint students with academic policies, programs and expectations, as well … » More …