Viking Launch Overview

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Viking Launch is designed to provide incoming freshmen a strong, focused start-up to college life at Western. Research demonstrates that freshmen are most apt to succeed when they are socially and academically integrated within a campus community, when they are prepared and ready for their courses, and when they attend classes with an eye to their future goals and plans. Viking Launch is designed to help students successfully achieve these advantages before fall classes begin.

This program is open to all incoming freshmen, but does not replace the need for incoming freshmen to attend one of the Fall Advising & Registration sessions (August sessions or September). We are currently planning for an “in-person” program, but will be monitoring COVID-19 numbers and following state-mandated health precautions as necessary.

Program Details


September 12-17, 2021


Viking Launch students must select a room in either Fairhaven Residence Complex or Ridgeway Kappa in order to participate in the program, as these two halls open early specifically for Viking Launch. This will be a permanent assignment for the 2021/2022 academic year. Please see the Early Move-in/Housing page for details.


(2021 Registration CLOSED)

Viking Launch is open to all incoming WWU freshmen, and there is no selection process - you just need to register for one (1) of the Viking Launch courses and pay the $500 registration fee.

  • The registration system for Viking Launch is separate from regular WWU course registration since it is a stand-alone program.
  • Registration links are available on the Viking Launch Courses page for each course.
  • You will need to create an account in the Outreach & Continuing Education registration system (different than your regular WWU login).
  • You will also need to include your WWU ID number (A “W” followed by 8 numerals: WXXXXXXXX).
  • Some Viking Launch courses have an additional course fee to cover special labs or field trips. This fee will not be paid for with your Viking Launch registration, they will be added to your fall quarter bill. These additional fees are listed under each course on the Viking Launch Courses page.


There are several scholarships available for the Viking Launch program based on financial need. Please fill out the Viking Launch Scholarship Application by August 11, 2021.


Once you have registered for Viking Launch, if you choose to cancel your registration or withdraw from Western, you must put your cancellation request in writing to There will be a cancellation fee of $150 for any students that cancel after July, 2021. A full refund will be granted if the program is cancelled.


"Viking Launch was such a great experience and I would highly recommend it to incoming students because it's so nice getting to meet people early rather than struggle to meet people your first week of school."

"I met so many great people during that week that I had no fears as I started the academic year. We all felt so much better prepared than those who did not participate."

"This program was super useful getting settled into school and to learn the campus. Also getting two credits out of a week was amazing."

"I found Viking Launch to be extremely beneficial, especially because I am an out-of-state student. By choosing to attend this early-start program, I was able to familiarize myself with the foreign campus and city. I made friends with people who have similar interests and I learned a lot in my class. Being so far away from home is scary and I didn't know anyone before coming here, so the program really helped me to push forward and meet people; whereas, if I had waited until regular start, I may have been too scared or overwhelmed to take that leap."

"Viking Launch really helped me settle into Western because we got to move in early and see the campus before everyone else did. It felt really personal, and now going into my first quarter, I have amazing friends and a familiarity with Western overall."

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