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firstSTEP Orientation

firstSTEP Orientation is a required summer orientation for all incoming first year students (Freshmen, Transfer, non-traditional with zero or fewer than 40 university/college credits and all former Running Start Students) who have confirmed their intent to enroll for Fall Quarter. Parents and guests are encouraged to accompany students.

Students attending the firstSTEP Orientation will:

  • Learn about academic requirements;
  • Meet with an academic advisor to learn the steps to earn a degree and receive their fall quarter class schedule;
  • Have the opportunity to meet with and build relationships with faculty, staff, and peers and learn about the campus and surrounding community;
  • Visit select residence halls;
  • Receive detailed information regarding academic expectations of students and relevant academic policies;
  • Connect with campus support services to ensure a smooth transition to campus; and
  • Meet other Eastern students!


Family/Guests attending the firstSTEP Orientation will:

  • Have the opportunity to sign up for the EWU Parent E-Blast (Listserv) to receive campus information and other related news;
  • Learn about your student's academic requirements;
  • Have the opportunity to meet with and build relationships with faculty, staff, and other EWU parents and learn about the campus and surrounding community;
  • Connect with campus support services to ensure that your student experiences a smooth transition to campus;
  • Visit select residence halls; and
  • Meet other Eastern families!

2018 Summer firstSTEP Orientation Dates and details will be posted on or before March 1.

If you need assistance for your winter or Spring quarter class schedule, please contact the Center for Academic Advising and Retention 509.359.2345 for assistance with connecting you with your academic advisor and schedule an advising session.

Did you miss our 2017 summer firstSTEP Orientation? Please visit our firstSTEP presentation page to view the PowerPoint or Prezi presentations that were shown during firstSTEP.

If you need assistance with any other aspect of your transition to EWU please contact us, we are here to help. 

More information is available via our Online Orientation

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at orientation@ewu.edu.

firstSTEP Session Resources

  • For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage.

  • Student Sample Schedule, Coming May 2018

  • Family/Guest Sample Schedule, Coming May 2018

  • Family/Guest firstSTEP Luncheon Ticket Store, Coming May 2018
  • Driving and Parking Directions, Coming May 2018

  • Cheney Campus Map



Updated 12/21/2017

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