Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, educational experiences, and life paths. For this reason, we understand the importance of providing programs and advising services that work with individual students and their unique needs.
In Student Outreach Services, we also understand that not every student may be as familiar with the complexities of university life as others, especially if they are the first in their family to attend college. First-generation students are defined as students who are the first in their family to attend university, i.e. their parents did not complete a university degree. First-generation students include first-year and transfer students, Pell Grant-eligible students, multicultural students, and non-traditional students. Our programs and advising services are tailored to provide “first-gen” students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful at Western.
For more information about First-Generation Students and the college experience, please read this online book:
The advisors in Student Outreach Services connect with diverse students by using multiple perspectives in order to see our students’ realities. Students often ask, “Do I belong here?” We want students who have been historically marginalized to see themselves reflected positively at Western. Our programs help students build community with one another, locate resources that help prepare them for success in college, and find spaces where they can feel worthy and valued.
If you are a college re-entry student, a student with dependents whom you support, a foster child, an undocumented student, a displaced homemaker, a veteran, or a dislocated worker, Student Outreach Services has a team of advisors who can help you take steps toward reaching your goals. We can help you choose a major, select classes for registration, explore careers, set quarterly and annual goals and more. Connect with our SOS team!
Student Outreach Services serves first generation, multicultural and non-traditional students including undocumented students. We welcome any student regardless of immigration status. An undocumented student is a foreign national who: (1) entered the United States without inspection or with fraudulent documents; or (2) entered legally as a non-immigrant but then violated the terms of his or her status and remained in the United States without authorization (as defined by the National Immigration Law Center).
Preparation for your first year at Western
Your first year at Western Washington University is critical in laying the groundwork for a successful college experience. Our unique first-year programs and advising services help students quickly learn the ins and outs of academic and social life to promote an exciting and healthy college journey.
- Transfer Jump Start WWU (a fall orientation program for transfer students)
- First-year Jump Start WWU (an early move-in fall orientation program)
- Fall Advising & Orientation
- Advising Services
- Direct connections with Financial Aid and the Counseling Center
- First-year Programs
- Scholarship Assistance