Freshmen

January 6

Mark your calendar to attend Winter Advising and Orientation. Come experience the many important opportunities awaiting you…

  • Meet with helpful academic advisors
  • Register for your winter quarter courses
  • Learn about Western’s student support services
  • Visit the Associated Students Bookstore
  • Connect with other new and current WWU students

Winter Advising and Orientation is designed to help you begin your Western experience with confidence and success. Your participation will help you feel more comfortable and prepared to begin your career at Western. We encourage you to explore this website to help you prepare and to make your reservation for Winter Advising and Orientation.

1. Make Your Reservation for Winter Advising and Orientation

Plan to attend Winter Advising and Orientation on Monday, January 6, 2014.  You will participate in academic advising, learn about class searches and graduation requirements, register for your winter quarter courses, become familiar with academic policies and campus resources, and connect with other new students. 

Visit the Freshmen Reservations page for more information and to make your reservation. Once your reservation is processed, you will be sent a confirmation via e-mail with additional schedule information and instructions.


2.  Submit Proof of Measles Immunization

All new students are required to have two valid measles vaccinations or proof of measles (rubeola) immunity prior to registering for classes.   Options for providing proof and additional information are available from the Student Health Center.

The SHC’s regular hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:30am – 4:00pm

If you need to get an MMR shot or have your blood drawn for a rubeola titer test, please call 360.650.3400 to schedule an appointment. You may FAX your measles records 24/7 to 360.650.3883 or 360.650.4580. If you have any questions, contact the Student Health Center by e-mail or at 360.650.3400.

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.


3.  Activate Your Universal Account

In order to register for classes, you must have activated your Universal Account in advance.  If you need assistance or if you have forgotten your password, contact the ATUS Help Desk by e-mail or at 360.650.3333.  Please keep track of your username and password, and bring these with you to campus.  You also will need to know your Social Security Number during the registration process.

As a registered student, you will receive a free Universal Account, which provides you with a number of technology resources to enhance your academic experience, including MyWestern e-mail, computer lab access, personal storage on network servers and dial-up internet access.  Official University correspondence (including a preliminary Transfer Equivalency Report if you have earned college, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit) will be sent to your MyWestern email address so you are encouraged to read your MyWestern email messages regularly.

IMPORTANT!  In order to register for classes you MUST activate your Universal Account in advance. Students with college credits must activate their Universal Account before they can generate their transfer credit evaluations and Transfer Equivalency Report.  Please keep track of your username and password, and bring this information with you to your advising appointment.


4.  Check your MyWestern E-mail Account

Recognizing the expanding reliance on electronic communication, WWU has determined that e-mail will be one of the University’s official means of communication. E-mail correspondence will be sent to students’ WWU e-mail addresses, so be on the lookout for future important announcements from WWU via your MyWestern e-mail account. See POL-U7100.02Using E-mail Accounts for Official Correspondence with Students.


5.  Review Your Countdown to Western Checklist

Keep track of your status in several important areas such as whether or not transcripts have been received, financial aid information and measles clearance for class registration with your Countdown to Western checklist.

To login, you will need your Western ID number (commonly referred to as your “W” number), or User ID, and date of birth. Your "W" number can be found on your admission and confirmation letters. Revisit your Countdown to Western checklist any time to verify your current status.  The Countdown page will typically open in mid-October. Note: The Countdown to Western checklist is not available for students in self-sustaining extension programs.


6.  Math Placement Test

An opportunity to take the Math Placement Test will be held on Monday, January 6th at 2:00pm at the Testing Center, 333 32nd Street, Admin. Services Building (AC) 120. If you are unable to make that time, please contact the Testing Center directly by e-mail or at 360.650.3937 for additional assistance.


7.  Prepare for Your Advising Session

Explore important academic advising and registration tools online. Professional advisors from the Academic Advising Center are available to help you explore your academic interests and goals at Western. You may also visit the Freshmen advising website at visit the Freshman Advising website for more information.

  • Viking Advisor: The Viking Advisor describes Western’s academic requirements and provides information on how to register for classes using Western’s online registration system. A copy of the Viking Advisor will be provided during orientation.
  • WWU's Classfinder: Western's Classfinder displays courses offered by term. You will find information such as the days and times that classes meet, course descriptions, course restrictions, and prerequisites.
  • Prepare to Register for Classes: Before registering for classes, we encourage you to explore academic departments and the University Catalog's programs of study to learn more about the academic majors available at Western.
  • Winter Quarter 2014 Dates and Deadlines: Familiarize yourself with important winter quarter 2014 dates and deadlines, including registration schedule, tuition payments, refunds and more.

Extension Students: Please refer to your program/site to confirm registration and schedule details: Extension Student/Site Resources


8. Contact academic departments and advisors

Explore academic departments to learn more about the academic majors available at Western. Contact the academic advisor or a faculty member in that department if you should have more specific questions.

If you have any additional questions about getting started at Western, please contact New Student Services/Family Outreach by e-mail or at 360.650.3846. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Page Updated 06.30.2014