Washington State University

Office of the President

WSU Links

Washington State University

Office of the President


New technology helping incoming students transition

Well, you certainly wouldn’t know it was summer session by the way Lighty looks these days.  It is busy with prospective students and our Alive! counselors and members of our admissions staff, who have done a remarkable job preparing what will be the largest incoming class in WSU history. 

To help better facilitate the requirements of preparing such a robust incoming class, we have increased the use of technology throughout the process. That should make the process easier and streamline costs in the long run.  Down in the atrium by the Lighty Coffee Cart, lunch tables have been replaced by large work stations where 50 computers are set up for our incoming students to register for classes, sign up for various activities they’ll engage in and begin to take advantage of the various resources we’ll provide for them in their time at WSU.  If you are a parent of an incoming student, the Alive! Program has a concurrent program exclusively for parents, which is a tremendous opportunity for parents to learn about their student’s future at WSU and get acclimated with many transitions.

Alive! is an essential part of the transition process for our students and parents of our students, which is why we have invested so heavily in it and have made it a requirement for all students.  I look forward to seeing and meeting with many more students and parents as the summer continues – even if it means a longer line for my morning Espresso.

The purpose of this blog is to help facilitate an open dialogue among current WSU students, staff, and faculty on relevant subjects relating to WSU. All are welcome to view it, but a WSU email address is necessary to register for comments.