New Student Orientation

Welcome to the #EagleFamily!

The new student orientations are designed to prepare you for your first year at EWU. Our goal is to set you up for a successful and rewarding college experience. Below are a few of steps to get you on your way!

Spring Orientation– we’re excited to welcome our newest Eagles in Spring 2023! Stop by the PUB 2nd floor on the first day of the quarter (April 3) for coffee, pastries, and a welcome packet! 


2023 New Student Orientation Dates

Students beginning their Eagle career in the Fall of 2023 can choose one of five in-person dates. Sign up today!

July 17 and August 4 also have Spanish-speaking sessions and the option for students to stay overnight in a residence hall.

To sign up, log in using the username and password you used to apply to EWU.

Monday, June 26

  Friday, July 14 

Monday, July 17

Monday, July 31

Friday, August 4

Aug 23 Virtual Orientation


Have questions or need help registering?

Contact Orientation & Family Programs at 509.359.6843 or

Summer Orientation Schedule

9-10 a.m.Optional Campus Tours (no registration required)1st Floor Showalter
9:30-10 a.m.Check InShowalter Lawn
10-10:30 a.m.Orientation WelcomeShowalter Auditorium
10:30-11 a.m.Financial Aid Presentation **Showalter Auditorium
11-11:15 a.m.Break
11:15 a.m.- 12 p.m.College Sessions (students)Various Locations
11:15 a.m.- 12 p.m.Student Safety & Success (families)**Showalter Auditorium
12- 1:30 p.m.Optional Campus BBQ/ Resource Fair/ Eagle StoreCampus Mall/ PUB NCR
1:30-2 p.m.Housing Presentation/ Transfer Credit SessionShowalter Auditorium/ Showalter 109
2-2:45 p.m.Student PanelShowalter Auditorium
2:45-3 p.m.Closing RemarksShowalter Auditorium
3-5 p.m.Open HousesVarious Locations
Each Orientation date has the same schedule.
**Spanish breakout sessions available July 17 and August 4
This schedule is subject to change.

Orientation FAQ's

Once you officially confirm with Admissions that you’re attending EWU in the Fall, then you will get an email from us regarding signing up for your Orientation. Don’t see the email? Let us know at and we can help you out!

You can also register using the buttons above!

Yes! The sign-up form will allow you to change your date. Just log back in and edit your submission.

Absolutely! Each student is permitted 2 guests to join them. This number is based on the maximum capacities of the rooms we’ll be using.

The schedule is essentially the same for all four Orientation dates. July 17 and August 4 do have a Spanish breakout sessions** available, however. If you or your loved one would prefer to learn more about EWU in Spanish, we would encourage you to attend one of these dates.


**Please note that the entire Orientation program will not be translated in Spanish. There will be dedicated sessions on these dates where Spanish will be the primary language spoken.

New Students: If you’re interested in spending the night on campus the night before your Orientation, make sure you chose the “with overnight component” option when you register for your date.

For Families: Looking for some accommodations for you and/or your family? Check out some local hotels below!

Local Hotels

Great question! The menu will be a Grilled Cheeseburger/ Vegetarian Sandwich on a roll with condiments. Fruit, salad, cookies, and drinks will also be provided. You can purchase your lunch tickets on your Orientation portal or the new student dashboard!

*Please note that lunch is optional and must be payed for prior to the Orientation event.

Here’s a list of things we recommend you bring for your overnight Orientation experience:

  • Sleeping bag/bedding
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks
  • Portable fan
  • Anything else you might need to make you feel comfortable 🙂

We will have a variety of free lots for you to utilize on the day of your Orientation!

Check Out Our Parking Map

There’s a lot to know as you begin your journey as an Eagle! Here are some FAQs to help guide you through the process.

Orientation Recordings

Did you miss your Orientation? Still have a few unanswered questions? Check out our Orientation recordings for help!

Housing and Res. Life Presentation


Join Melanie Potts, Director of Housing & Residential Life, as she dives into the live-on requirement, the benefits of living on campus, what to expect at move in day, and more!

View video here

Student Safety and Success Panel


Listen as our panel- EWU Dean of Students, the Director of Counseling and Wellness, the Director of Student Engagement and Recreation, PLUS Tutoring, and a member of our EWU Family Council- answers questions regarding student safety and success here at Eastern.

View video here

Financial Aid and Scholarship Presentation


Talking about finances can be tough. Join our EWU Financial Aid experts and student panel to break down that barrier, define next steps in your financial aid journey, and learn what you can do to get ahead!

View video here

Why Students Choose Eastern

Hear from real students about their EWU experience and why they decided to become an Eagle!


Access the full EWU video library below:

Video Library

Reach Out for Assistance

The orientation team is available to connect if you would like to discuss any aspect of your transition to EWU. We’re also a great resource if you’d like to ask any general questions.

Send us an email at and let us know:

  • Full Name
  • EWU NetID
  • Phone number
  • Brief overview explaining the nature of your requested meeting.

Once you have emailed us, our team will reach out as soon as possible.

Questions? Please contact us at or 509.359.6843.