Getting Started at Wichita State

For the vast majority of students at WSU, the goal of attending college is to earn a degree. As a student takes the first steps on their educational journey, it pays to keep that long-term goal in mind. WSU's Office of Student Success: First-Year Programs offers a set of programs, resources and activities designed to help students reach their goals, and maximize their success and satisfaction as they pursue their degree. The three main components to the traditional first-year experience are New Shocker Orientation and transition programs, First-Year Advising, and First-Year Seminar courses. Each of these is a valuable tool for navigating the transition to Wichita State University and should be considered an integral part of the student experience. Students who take full advantage of these programs and opportunities are more likely to be successful, and are more likely to finish their degrees in a timely manner.