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First-Year Programs Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

First-Year Programs: Transition. Community. Connection.

Explore what it really means to become a Cougar. Regardless of major, there are some keys every first-year student needs to embark on a successful and fulfilling educational journey at Washington State and beyond. WSU’s caring experts and specialized programs help you find those keys and thrive in college.

Do Well in Your Courses

You’re a college student now. Have an academic lifestyle.

  • Always go to class
  • Participate in the Common Reading program
  • Visit your instructor’s office hoursWhat are “office hours?”|This is regular time that course instructors set aside to meet with students. Instructors do this because they want their students to understand assignments, know what to expect on exams, and get one-on-one help when they’re are struggling.
  • Get a tutor: check ASCCAcademic Success and Career Center; provides free tutoring., your residence hall, and the Math Learning Center

Make Close Friends

Be a Cougar Leader.

Stay Happy and Healthy

Maintain your well-being.

Discover Your Own Path

Set your own direction.

Message From First-Year Programs

“Welcome to your first year at Washington State University! We know that this year will be an exciting one for you, full of new challenges but also new opportunities to explore and develop the person you want to be. We want you to know that there are many programs across campus ready to help you make this transition successful—in the classroom and beyond. Our hope for you is that this year offers many avenues for embracing academic life, creating community, supporting your well-being, and finding a direction that speaks to your own passions. This web page is a starting point for you to explore many of these opportunities.

“We are so glad you have joined the Cougar family!”

First-Year Programs at Washington State University