Your Roadmap for Success

Your Roadmap for Success!

WMU First-Year Experience (FYE) Programs are comprised of four essential components: New Student Orientation, Transfer Student Services, Fall Welcome and FYE Seminar. These four components work together to help you achieve your goals.

Your journey to success begins with WMU and FYE! Are you ready?

New Student Orientation


Our Orientation Program provides a comprehensive experience which will aid you in starting your college education at WMU. In addition, you will learn about educational opportunities within the university, as well as what to anticipate in your academic and campus life. You will also have an opportunity to meet with academic advisors and register for your first semester of classes.

Orientation also assists parents and families of new students to understand the University environment and services, and enhance parental awareness of issues facing college students.

Parent and Family Orientation

Western Michigan University shares your commitment to your student's personal development and academic success. We believe that appropriate parent and family involvement is an integral part of that success throughout the college years.

The Parent and Family Orientation program provides you with valuable resources to help you help your student. You will learn about academic expectations, campus life and become acquainted with members of the WMU faculty and staff.

Whether this is your first child attending college or your last child to leave the nest, this program will be a worthwhile experience for you. Please join us.

Transfer Student Services

Transfer Student Services provides information and direction for students seeking admission, including contact information and Web resources, as well as continuing support services for the transfer student population. Transfer Student Services works with other WMU offices such as Student Activities and Leadership Programs, Residence Life and the Office of Admissions to present events for students new to WMU.

Fall Welcome


Fall Welcome is a four-day transition program designed to build connections between first-year students and the WMU community. Fall Welcome is a great way to get acclimated to WMU before the semester kicks off. You can rest assured that by the time classes start you and your freshman counterparts will be a vital part of the WMU community!

First-Year Seminar


First-Year Seminar (FYS) gives first-year students a shared opportunity to make the academic and social transition to WMU. Activities and programs are designed for you to learn more about WMU and the Kalamazoo community. Students receive ongoing guidance from their own First-Year Seminar student mentor and WMU faculty/professional staff member who both facilitate this unique two-credit hour experience. This is a one of a kind experience!


First-Year Experience
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5263 USA
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