New Student Orientation

Schedules and Documents

View the 2017 NSO Book

New Student Orientation at Washburn University


Mission Statement

The mission of New Student Orientation is to offer collaborative programming that facilitates a seamless and successful transition for all new students to Washburn University. Designed to encourage community engagement and foster academic success, the New Student Orientation, Welcome Week, and Convocation programs are committed to connecting new students and families with the appropriate resources, support services, faculty and staff to enhance the educational, cultural, and social experience.


About New Student Orientation

The college experience at Washburn University begins with New Student Orientation. Attending our orientation events will prepare students with the information and opportunities to be successful during their first year.

During the event, students will get to learn expectations of the classroom environment, meet with current students over our free lunch, register for their first semester courses, explore the MyWashburn online portal, attend break-out meetings with activities and organizations, even take their student ID photo! This day will prepare students with tips & tricks from current students, expectations, and an overview of the many services the university provides.


Frequently Asked Questions

Should you have any questions, please call the Office of New Student Orientation at 785.670.2034icon: click to call  We look forward to welcoming you to Washburn!


2018 Transfer Student Orientation Dates

Transfer Student Orientation programs are designed for students transferring to Washburn from another institution or for adult learners starting or continuing their education. All Transfer Student Orientation programs are half-days. Snacks and coffee will be provided.

  • Wednesday, March 28 - 12:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Thursday, March 29 - 8:00am - 12:30pm

Registration will open on January 15th!


2018 New Student Orientation Dates

New Student Orientation programs are designed for all first-time freshman students entering Washburn University directly from high school. The program is also suitable for students entering Washburn who have completed one semester or more of college-level coursework at a different institution or have taken some time off between high school and college. We encourage parents to attend with their student if they are able. All New Student Orientation programs begin at 8am and end at 5pm. Be prepared for a full day - and don't worry, breakfast and lunch will be provided for you!

  • Wednesday, May 23
  • Thursday, May 24
  • Thursday, May 31
  • Friday, June 1
  • Wednesday, June 6
  • Tuesday, June 12
  • Friday, June 22
  • Wednesday, June 27 

Registration will open on February 1st!

See what the SOCs and students are up to throughout the day! Follow us on Twitter @WU_SOCs and #WUNSO18


Helpful reminders for our future Ichabods: 

  • Bring your photo identification to orientation!  You'll need it to get your iCard.
  • Take a look at the map HERE for information on building and parking lot locations.
  • This day will be full of lots of new information to many of you. Make sure you are ready to learn a thing or two. We wouldn't want you to miss out on anything important now would we?
  • Check the FAQ page on the Orientation website.  If you've got questions, it's likely that others have had 'em, too, so make sure you catch up! If the page doesn't answer your question, email us at orientation@washburn.edu and we'll get back to you soon!
  • HAVE FUN!  This day is for you, and we want to make sure it's a great one.