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Orientation FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions concerning orientation, please contact the Office of Student Transition and Family Engagement by phone 785.670.1834, or by email orientation@washburn.edu.

Si tiene preguntas sobre la orientación, contáctenos por teléfono 785.670.1834 o por correo electrónico orientation@washburn.edu (habla español).

The transition to the college experience at Washburn University starts with orientation. The program is designed to prepare you with crucial information for a successful transition to Washburn, as a first-year or transfer student.
All new admitted students (fall, spring or summer 2019), are invited to attend New Student Orientation. All students attending Washburn directly after graduating from high school are required to attend a New Student Orientation session. Parents and guests are welcome to attend.

Yes, we strongly encourage you to attend our Transfer Student Orientation. For spring transfers, we host orientation in the fall, and for summer or fall transfers, we host orientation in late spring and summer. If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, please join us at a New Student Orientation session.

Orientation will provide you with opportunities for one-on-one interaction with current students, enroll in classes, and learn about campus resources.

Yes, all students are expected to participate in the entire program in order to register for classes.

No, there is no fee to attend orientation. We require students to register at least one week in advance. We want to order enough food for the day and prepare your advising materials with your academic advisor.

You can register online or if you're on-campus, stop by the Office of Student Transition and Family Engagement in Morgan Hall, Room 103H. You can also contact us at 785.670.1834 or email us at orientation@washburn.edu.

Check-in for orientation begins at 7:45 am, with our official program starting at 8:30 am. For more information on the schedule of the day, refer to our orientation home page to find our NSO Student and Guest schedules.

Yes - orientation is just as important for parents and guests as it is for students. Everyone in your family is about to experience a transition. The orientation day includes a variety of parent and guest sessions.

Yes. If you or someone attending with you has a disability, mobility issues, or requires a non-English translator, please call Student Services at 785.670.1629. We want all participants to be able to fully participate in orientation.

Washburn offers free parking to visitors, students, faculty and staff. Use our campus map as a guide. Orientation students and guests should park in Lot 9, 10, or 11 (Lot 10 is scheduled to have construction during Summer 2019).

Directions

  • From the north: Take U.S. Highway 75 south to the Gage Boulevard Exit/I-70 East turnoff (Exit 358), taking the Gage Boulevard exit. Turn right on Gage and proceed south to SW 17th Street. Turn left (east) and follow 17th Street to Plass Avenue.
  • From the south: Take U.S. Highway 75 north the 42nd Street/Burlingame Road exit. Turn left and drive to yield sign. Turn right on Burlingame Road (north) and follow Burlingame (which changes into Washburn Avenue) to SW 17th Street (approximately 20 blocks). Turn left (west) and follow 17th Street to Plass Avenue, turn left (south).
  • From the southwest (I-335): Take I-335 north (Kansas Turnpike) to the South Topeka Exit (Exit 177). After leaving the toll area, continue straight. The highway will veer to the left and become I-470 west. Take the Burlingame Road exit (Exit 5). Turn right (north) and follow Burlingame (which changes into Washburn Avenue) to SW 17th Street (approximately 20 blocks). Turn left (west) and follow 17th Street to Plass Avenue, turn left (south).
  • From the east: Take I-70/I-470 (Kansas Turnpike) to the South Topeka exit (Exit 177). After exiting the toll area, continue straight. The highway will veer to the left and become I-470 west. Take the Burlingame Road exit (Exit 5). Turn right (north) and follow Burlingame Road (which changes into Washburn Avenue) to SW 17th Street (approximately 20 blocks). Turn left (west) and follow 17th Street to Plass Avenue, turn left (south).
  • From the west: Take I-70 to the NW MacVicar Ave. exit (Exit 359) and turn right (south). Follow NW MacVicar to SW 17th Street (approximately 2.4 miles). Turn left (east) and follow 17th Street to Plass Avenue, turn right (south).
All orientation sessions are one-day programs and do not require an overnight stay. However, if you are traveling from farther away and need to stay overnight, the city of Topeka has a number of lodging options.

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Washburn University Admissions
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
785.670.1030
admissions@washburn.edu

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