Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Transitions? 2. When is Transitions? 3. How much does Transitions cost? 4. I am a new Summer Session student - am I invited to Transitions? 5. Should my family members attend Transitions? 6. I am a new Fall Quarter student - when will I register for my fall classes? 7. Can I attend just part of Transitions? 8. I am unable to attend Transitions in July - do I have another option? 9. When will I receive more information about Transitions? 10. How do I make my reservation? 11. When is the reservation deadline? 12. What if I don't have access to a computer/internet to make a reservation? 13. How can I make changes to my reservation?
14. Can I come on the same day as my friend? 15. How important is getting cleared for measles prior to Transitions? 16. Do I have to take the Math Placement Assessment? 17. Do I have to take the Spanish Placement Test? 18. Where should I park for Transitions? 19. What should I bring with me to Transitions? 20. Whom should I contact regarding a request for accommodations? 21. I need overnight accommodations - can I stay on campus? 22. Can I stay an extra night on campus before or after Transitions? 23. Where can I or my family stay off campus? 24. If I attend Transitions, do I attend Fall Advising & Orientation as well? 25. What is Western Welcome Week? 26. Convenient Campus Extension Listing
1. What is Transitions?
Transitions is WWU's orientation, advising and registration program for new transfer and postbaccalaureate students and their families. There is no additional fee for students to participate in the one-day Transitions program - cost is covered by the one-time $250 enrollment fee already paid to WWU. Students will:
Transitions includes an optional Family Orientation for family members. The fee for Family Orientation is $35 per person, and includes all family sessions, workshops, program materials and lunch ticket. Additional lunch tickets for siblings and guests may be purchased upon arrival. Family members will:
Transitions includes an optional Overnight Program for students and family members the evening PRIOR to their Transitions date. The fee for the Overnight Program is $50 per person (student or family member), and includes:
2. When is Transitions?
You can attend Transitions on any one of the following days:
Reservations are completed online at the NSSFO website - http://www.nssfo.wwu.edu - with registration opening around 3:00pm Wednesday, June 1st. The deadline for reservations is 5:00pm, Friday, July 14th.
3. How much does Transitions cost?
There is no additional fee for students to attend the Transitions day program only - cost is covered by the one-time $250 enrollment fee already paid to WWU. Optional program components include the following:
PLEASE NOTE: As we are obliged to cover costs for housing, dining and family orientation fees, refunds are not available after the reservation deadline, 5:00pm, Friday, July 14th. Please contact the NSSFO office if you have any questions.
4. I am a new Summer Session student - am I invited to Transitions?
No, new summer session transfer students are invited and encouraged to attend Summer Quarter Advising and Orientation on May 5th or May 12th. Please visit the NSSFO website to sign up. New Summer session postbaccalaureate students are encouraged to contact the Academic Advising Center to make an individual advising appointment. You may contact Academic Advising directly for additional advising assistance at 360.650.3850.
5. Should my family members attend Transitions?
Yes! We encourage family members to attend and about 25% of Transitions participants will bring parents and family members. We have planned a separate Family Orientation designed specifically for parents and family members. The cost per family member is $35. You can sign up and pay for the Family Orientation program at the time you make your online reservation for Transitions.
6. I am a new Fall Quarter student - when will I register for my fall classes?
New transfer and postbaccalaureate students will register for their fall classes at Transitions. If you are unable to attend Transitions, your next opportunity to register for classes will be during Phase II Registration, which begins August 29th at 8:30am.
7. Can I attend just part of Transitions?
No, Transitions is a full-day orientation, advising and course registration program. In order to register successfully for classes, you MUST attend program check-in and your full academic advising session.
8. I am unable to attend Transitions in July - do I have another option?
If you are unable to attend Transitions orientation for new transfer students, your next opportunity to register for classes will be during Phase II Registration, which begins August 29th at 8:30am. Additional information and instructions will be sent to students not attending Transitions after the program is completed.
9. When will I receive more information about Transitions?
Students who confirm their enrollment with the WWU Admission’s Office will begin receiving information via postcard to your permanent mailing address in late May and to your email (WWU email) address in early June. Students who confirm their enrollment thereafter will be sent information accordingly. Complete program information, including a link to the online reservation system, is available via the New Student Services/Family Outreach website.
10. How do I make my reservation?
Reservations will open around 3:00pm on Thursday, June 1. All reservations occur online via the New Student Services/Family Outreach website at http://www.nssfo.wwu.edu/. If you need assistance, please contact New Student Services/Family Outreach at 360.650.3846 or email@example.com. After your reservation has been processed, you will be sent a confirmation email and packet indicating your program date and further information.
We strongly encourage students to make their own reservation. Students and family members should keep in mind that due to federal privacy laws, we may not be able to share certain personal student information with a parent or family member – e.g. Western ID #, WWU login-in information, etc. – should they have difficulty with the system.
In order to make a reservation, you must ensure your Universal Account is activated. If you have not done so, activate your Universal Account at activate your Universal Account. After your reservation has been processed, you will be sent a confirmation email to your WWU email account and a confirmation packet will be mailed to your permanent address indicating your program date and further information about check-in, parking and other important details.
11. When is the reservation deadline?
Friday, July 14 at 5:00pm. Students must complete an online reservation by the deadline. Family members may sign up and pay to attend Family Orientation as part of the online reservation process. Additionally, Family members can sign-up and pay on the day of Transitions.
12. What if I don't have access to a computer/internet to make a reservation?
Fortunately, our Transitions online reservation system is open for a considerable length of time: June 1st at 3pm – July 14th at 5pm. If your circumstances are such that will not have access to a computer during this length of time, please contact the New Student Services/Family Outreach directly at 360.650.3846 for assistance.
13. How can I make changes to my reservation?
Any changes to your reservation must be made by contacting New Student Services/Family Outreach directly at 360.650.3846 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustments cannot be made online after your request has been submitted or after the deadline. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes requested prior to the deadline, but this cannot be guaranteed.
14. Can I come on the same day as my friend?
Yes, if space is available. Both you and your friend should make your reservations as soon as possible, select the same program date on your reservation forms.
15. How important is getting cleared for measles prior to Transitions?
Very important! You will not be allowed to register for classes if your measles vaccinations/immunity documentation has not been received prior to your registration appointment at Transitions. Options for providing proof and additional information are available from the Student Health Center. If you have any questions regarding the measles immunity requirement, please visit the website, http://www.wwu.edu/chw/student_health or call 360.650.3400.
16. Do I have to take the Math Placement Assessment?
Most students who plan to register for a Math course at Western must first take the MPA. The MPA also serves as a prerequisite for courses in other departments such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Decision Sciences, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Geology, Physics and Science Education. See the Transitions Highlights section for details.
17. Do I have to take the Spanish Placement Test?
If you are planning to take Spanish in fall quarter, you should take the exam. If you are planning to take Spanish, but not in the fall, do not take the exam during Transitions as you will be asked to retake it again later. The WebCAPE Spanish Placement Test is a multiple-choice computerized exam that tests a student’s knowledge of Spanish at different levels of difficulty. The exam discerns a student’s solid knowledge from partial knowledge, which allows the assignment of a score that will predict accurately a student’s ability to succeed at a particular level of Spanish course. The exam measures knowledge, rather than experience, so students will place into the appropriate class based on their language skill rather than number of years/classes completed.
The Spanish Placement Test is a 45-minute test with a $5 fee charged to the student account.
To take the Spanish Placement Test during Transition, sign up HERE.
18. Where should I park for Transitions?
Parking will be available in a designated R Lot (Residential Lot) on north campus near the Edens/Higginson residence halls, and in designated C Lots (Commuter Lots) on south campus. You must purchase a parking permit to park in any of the lots. Parking enforcement is done by license plate readers, so you need to know your license plate number to complete the permit purchase.
You can obtain a parking permit in 1 of 2 ways:
Transitions participants will be sent a Parking Code in your confirmation materials after you make a reservation. This parking code can be used to secure a parking rate unique to our program. The anticipated costs for parking are $4 for the day in the C Lots (and $10 for the day in the designated R Lot for Overnight Program participants). You will also be sent a parking map in your orientation confirmation materials with specific directions to designated lots.
Save Time! Pre-Pay for Transitions parking using the Parkmobile app!
Campus Map & Accessible Parking Options
19. What should I bring with me to Transitions?
20. I need special accommodations - whom should I contact?
For requests concerning accommodations such as Sign Language Interpreter services, note taking services or similar services during your time at Summerstart, please contact New Student Services/Family Outreach at 360.650.3846 or contact disAbility Resources for Students (DRS) directly via email at email@example.com or by phone at 360.650.3083.
For requests concerning housing accommodations, please complete the Summerstart Overnight Housing survey link contained in the confirmation email and printed materials you will receive after you have made your Summerstart reservation. A member of the Guest & Housing Operations office may contact you regarding availability.
For requests or questions concerning dietary requirements/allergies during your time at Summerstart, please contact University Dining Services by email or 360.650.2970.
21. I need overnight accommodations - can I stay on campus?
Yes - Transitions includes an optional on-campus Overnight Program for you and your family the evening PRIOR to Transitions. The fee for the Overnight Program is $50 per person, and includes the following:
Please note, it is possible you will not have a roommate if there are not many transfer students staying on campus during your session.
22. Can I stay overnight on campus for more than one night?
Yes – students and their family members have options for staying on campus the night before Transitions or the night after your Transitions session. For those participants who wish to stay on campus the night BEFORE their Transitions session, you may participate in our Transitions Overnight Program (see details on FAQ #1). Students can sign up for the Transitions Overnight Program at the same time they make their reservation to attend Transitions. Please contact the New Student Services/Family Outreach office for assistance at 360.650.3846.
For participants who wish to stay on campus the night BEFORE or AFTER their Transitions session (but NOT participate in the Transitions Overnight Program), if space is available, students and family members can self-pay for one night’s stay. Due to space limitations, we can only house students/family members for one night before or after their Transitions session.
The cost is $53.50 per night/person for a single-occupancy room (subject to availability) and $35.40 per night/person for a double-occupancy room, paid prior to stay. Cost includes bed and bath linens but no meals.
After you have made your Transitions reservation, please submit a request for Transitions Extended Stay Request by filling out this survey. A member of the Guest & Housing Operations office will contact you regarding housing availability and confirmation. It is recommended to submit an Extended Stay Request at least 5-7 business days in advance of your Transitions session.
23. Where can I or my family stay off campus?
For a list of accommodations near Western, visit http://www.nssfo.wwu.edu/bellingham.shtml.
24. If I attend Transitions, do I attend Fall Advising & Orientation as well?
No. Fall Advising & Orientation is only for freshmen who did not attend Summerstart, the summer advising, orientation and registration program for new freshmen.
25. What is Western Welcome Week?
ALL students are invited to attend a wide range of fun, social, information and educational events and works as a part of Western Welcome Week. Western Welcome Week begins a few days prior to classes starting and offers a great opportunity to get connected and settled in to campus. Additional information will be mailed to you in late summer.
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