New Student and Family Programs

New Student and Family Programs

New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) provides various services and areas of support that assist students toward a successful transition into the Western Illinois University community. These services include Leatherneck Launch (New Student Orientation) during fall, spring and summer which is designed to introduce new students to Western; and Camp Leatherneck, an engaging program for new students that takes place prior the start of the academic year. Camp has a social focus and is based on the tenets of Leadership, Service and Community. New Student and Family Programs also develops resources and support for Leatherneck family members and special student populations.

Mission, Vision, Values


The New Student and Family Programs office focuses on the experiences of new students (Freshman and Transfer) and other specialized populations (First Generation, Commuter) as they enter Western Illinois University. We strive to ensure a smooth transition by offering tailored support and resources for students and their parents/families. We provide guidance, information and programs to enhance new students’ understanding of campus life to aid in their success within the Leatherneck community.


To create a strong sense of belonging for new students and their families by providing comprehensive support and programs.


  • Collaboration-works with others across campus to provide effective programs and services toward students best interests
  • Welcoming-create and support an environment of respect and appreciation where new students feel as if they belong
  • Inclusivity-creates and supports an environment that values equity and justice in the development of programs
  • Innovation-we challenge the status quo by embracing change that supports evolving student needs
  • Engagement-facilitates a fun and engaging programmatic environment for students


Graduate Assistants
Contact Information
  • (309) 298-1131