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 University and beyond. WSU’s caring experts and specialized programs help you find those keys and thrive in college.

Keys to a Successful First Year at WSU

Do well in your courses.

You are now a college student. Embrace an academic lifestyle.

Message From First-Year Programs

Karen Weathermon, Director of 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