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First-year Academic Programs

Western Washington University has created special first year academic programs designed to facilitate the transition of new students to college.

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Early Start: Viking Launch

Early Start Viking Launch brings students on campus a week before fall term, with early move-in and a head start on academic success in a credit-bearing course.

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First-Generation Navigational Seminars

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The First-Generation Navigational Seminars are open to all first-generation, Washington College Grant eligible, first-year students seeking a cohort experience. Fully funded, early housing onboarding and activities, social activities and opportunity to learn about campus life and resources.

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New Student Experience Seminars

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New Student Experience Seminars are stand-alone courses with limited enrollment of 25 students. They are special topics courses or community-engaged learning experiences that are designed to enhance your experience as a first-year or transfer student.

Experience NSE Seminars

First-year Interest Groups

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In their first quarter, new students in First-year Interest Groups enroll with a small group of students in a seminar course that is linked to one or two other courses in the general education curriculum.

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