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Orientation:

Is orientation mandatory?
Yes. It is mandatory for all new freshman and transfer students to attend an orientation program, where they will take placement exams, meet with their academic advisors and register for classes.

How do I register for orientation?
Students should register online through the WMU Student Portal.

Will I meet my advisor at orientation?
You will meet all of the College of Education and Human Development academic advisors at Orientation and we will continue to be the sole advisors for most College of Education and Human Development majors. Students who choose a minor or a teaching field outside of the College of Education and Human Development will, however, have another advisor in that department. For example, an Exercise Science major with a minor in Biology will have an advisor in the College of Education and Human Development for Exercise Science and an advisor in the Biology department for her minor and a Secondary Education major who wants to teach Math and English will have three advisors: One each in Math, English, and the College of Education and Human Development for general education and teaching courses. But, don't worry! At Orientation, the College of Education and Human Development advisors register you for the right classes and you can wait until fall to meet with your other advisors.

If I attend a later orientation session, will I get the classes I want?
Freshman students may already be registered into some courses, determined by your major department, before you arrive on campus for orientation. Depending on your program of study, you may have to choose one or more electives to complete your fall schedule. Regardless of the orientation session you attend, your advisor will help you choose from the list of available courses and register for an appropriate schedule.