New Student Orientation

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 785.670.1834icon: click to call  We look forward to welcoming you to Washburn!

2017 Transfer Student Orientation Dates

All Transfer Student Orientation programs are half-days. Snacks and coffee will be provided.

  • Wednesday, July 19 - 12:30pm-5:00pm


2017 New Student Orientation Dates

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 24 (FULL)
  • Thursday, May 25 (FULL)
  • Thursday, June 1 (FULL)
  • Friday, June 2 (FULL)
  • Wednesday, June 7 (FULL)
  • Tuesday, June 13 (FULL)
  • Friday, June 23 (FULL)
  • Wednesday, June 28


Having trouble registering? You will need to use your personal email address and password - the same one that you used when you submitted your application! Your Washburn email address will NOT work for your NSO registration.

See what the SOCs and students are up to throughout the day! Follow us on Twitter @WU_SOCs and #WUNSO17

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 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.