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Wave New Student Orientation

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Welcome New Students!

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to Whatcom Community College. We are thrilled that you will be joining our Orca Family!

As a new student at Whatcom Community College you are bound to have questions. We designed the Wave Orientation around you, helping to uncover the answers to the questions you might have, and providing you with information about campus resources, programs, and services. By the time you leave orientation, you will have new tools to enhance your start at Whatcom.

Wave Orientation is an opportunity for you to learn how to navigate campus and introduce you to the Orca community. During the program, you will begin to build a network of resources that will help you to start your WCC journey on the right path.

While Orientation is an important step in becoming a student, there is a lot you can do in the meantime to prepare for your time at Whatcom. Check out the next step for a checklist to make sure you arrive ready to take on your first quarter!

Make sure you've done the following before attending orientation...

  • Apply to Whatcom Community College.
  • Complete the FAFSA/WASFA or develop strategies to pay for your classes each quarter. If you need help finding funding or scholarships, visit our Financial Aid department's getting started website here.
  • Set up your MyWCC.  Save your username, the password you create, and the Wi-Fi login instructions you receive.
    • Check your WCC student email regularly.
    • Complete your Informed Self Placement for English courses.
    • Complete your Math course placement by taking the placement test, using previous test scores, or using academic records. Find more detail here.

Ready? It's time to sign-up!

For now, WCC is only offering online orientation. It should only take you about thirty minutes to complete, and will help you familiarize yourself with the many resources available to you as a student. You'll meet your virtual success network, learn how to navigate registration, and be ready to enroll in your first quarter of classes!

All new students are required to participate in online orientation. To begin, click the button below. 


We want to ensure that our program is accessible for you. Please request accommodations through your orientation registration. Accommodations range from, but are not limited to, dietary restrictions, mobility access, American Sign Language interpretation, and large print materials.

If you already registered and need to add accommodations for yourself, email or our Office of Access and Disability Services with your request.


Once you've competed orientation, check out some of the other resources to help you with a smooth transition to college. Pod Leaders are available every day to help you navigate any barriers you may encounter. 

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