Gateway to Service… Engaging Minds… Transforming Lives

We welcome you into our community of scholars. We want to provide you the opportunity to become more familiar with the campus culture, guidelines and policies of your specific academic programs, and ways you can contribute to the life and vitality of WAU.

Please review the Academic Bulletin; try to spend time with department chairs and professors. The Betty Howard Center for Student Success is able and ready to assist you with tools to become a successful student.  We realize the first year is often the hardest; this is why it is important for you to attend the orientation programs and informative workshops to keep abreast of our learning community.

Remember, only you can decide your future, but we are here to help so let us know what we can do to assist you every step of the way.

Upcoming Orientation

Congratulations on having been admitted to the Washington Adventist University!  We are so excited to have you as part of our university family and we look forward to welcoming you in January and assisting you in your transition to your new home through our new student orientation program.  All incoming freshman and transfer students are required to attend and participate in new student orientation week.  This will be the first and perhaps only time you will get a tremendous amount of information all at once that will familiarize you with our campus rules, regulations, policies, procedures, customs and traditions.  You cannot miss this!

New Student Orientation is scheduled to begin on Friday, January 4, 2019. Orientation check-in begins at 8:30 am in the Sligo Church Atrium, and the official program kicks off at 9:00 am with a welcome from the University administration and members of our distinguished faculty.  A number of exciting, engaging and informative workshops have been planned that will help you make a smooth transition into the campus community. Also, you will have the opportunity to make new friends on the very first day, many with whom you will develop a life-long bond!

Please check the schedule periodically for any changes or updates that may be made.  We look forward to seeing you on January 4th!

New Student Orientation Spring 2019 Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, January 2


9:00 am                                                     Residence halls open


9:00 am – 2:00 pm                                  Placement tests for Math and English (As needed) Betty Howard Center for Student Success


9:00 am – 4:00 pm                                  Academic advising, class registration, financial clearance


5:00 pm                                                     Wilkinson Dining Hall opens                        


Thursday, January 3


7:00 – 9:00 am                                         Breakfast Wilkinson Dining Hall


9:00 am – 2:00 pm                                  Placement Tests for Math and English (As needed) Betty Howard Center for Student Success


9:00 – am – 4:00 pm                               Academic advising, class registration, financial clearance


9:45 am – 3:00 pm                                  Nursing Students Orientation Health Science Building, Room 217


12:00 pm                                                   Lunch Wilkinson Dining Hall


1:00 pm                                                     International Student Orientation (Required for all international students)

                                                                   Sligo Church Fellowship Halls