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.

Ready? It's time to Register

We look forward to meeting you at your Wave Orientation! Please register for the session that works best with your schedule by clicking on your selection below and completing the registration form: 

Monday, April 1st, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (All EDPL 100 students are required to attend this session)

Monday, April 1st, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Both new student orientation sessions begin in the Syre Student Center.

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 our Office of Access and Disability Services with your request.

What's Next? 

Check out our orientation checklist to be sure you have everything ready!  

Join a 6-week College Success Course!

New students are encouraged to enroll in Educational Planning (EDPL) 100: College Success during their first quarter.  EDPL 100 is a 2-credit course designed to help you get to know the College, meet other students, and learn key strategies for success in school. The class fosters connections with other students and and focuses on topics such as time management, financial literacy, degree planning, and more. 

To best support you as you settle into college, EDPL 100 begins a few days before the rest of your classes, includes the Whatcom Wave orientation, and continues to meet through the first 6 weeks of the quarter.  The course is offered at a variety of days and times, including nights and Saturdays, to meet your scheduling needs.  Log into the MyWCC student portal, check WCC’s class schedule search tool online, or meet with an academic advisor for details, including specific dates and times for your class section.

What students say about EDPL 100:

  • “I made friends, got to have a constructive class with a cool teacher, and developed better learning skills.”
  • “I learned some very useful skills and gained info that I would have not otherwise had.”
  • “I learned how to balance my time more efficiently and constructively.”


  • Can I make changes to my Orientation reservation?
  • Am I required to attend New Student Orientation?
  • Are family members or supporters required to attend New Student Orientation?
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