New Student Next Steps

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Done with Orientation, now what?

  • 1. Complete Required Orientation Program

    All incoming, degree-seeking students will complete New Student Orientation which will provide students an opportunity for incoming students to learn more about CWI and complete their first semester advising and registration. 

    Some Career and Technical Education programs also have a required program orientation. Visit the CWI catalog, contact your advisor, or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.

  • 2. Check the Academic Calendar for Important Dates.

    The calendar can be found online and in the CWI Catalog. It outlines key dates each semester such as:

    • First and last day of registration.
    • Financial aid priority deadline.
    • Financial aid disbursement date(s).
    • Tuition due date.
    • Days campus is closed.
  • 3. Understand How to Add, Drop, or Withdraw from a Class.

    • Adding: Register for a class during open periods online through
    • Dropping: There is a limited amount of time you will have to drop a course each semester. Dropping clears the course off your official transcript and you will still be eligible for a refund.
    • Withdrawing: After the drop period, you have the option to withdraw from a course. A withdraw is recorded on your transcript, but does not affect your GPA. Withdraws do affect your financial aid. Refunds are not issued for courses during the withdrawal period.
  • 4. Get & Carry Your Student ID Card

    You will get your student ID card at New Student Orientation, make sure you carry it on you as you may need it!

    • You will use this CWI identification card for various college services, like the library, math solution center, and access to free bus service through Valley Ride.
  • 5. Verify Financial Aid Credit Requirements

    You do not have to be a full-time student to be eligible for financial aid. There are different levels of eligibility:

    • Full-time (12+ credits)
    • Three-quarter time (9-11 credits)
    • Half-time (6-8 credits)
    • Less-than-half-time (1-5 credits).

    Read your financial aid terms and conditions very carefully.

  • 6. Understand Student Conduct

  • 7. Get your Books

    Once you register for courses, you can find book information in Student Planning or by going to the CWI Bookstore website. Approximately one week prior to the start of each semester, you can charge your books against your accepted financial aid award.

  • 8. Access your Coursework on Blackboard.

    All online courses are accessed through Blackboard.

    • Remember, courses will not be active on Blackboard until the first day of the semester.

    • Get ahead by earning online badges, viewing tutorials, and other learning experiences that support you getting prepared at CWI.  All done through myCommons which is available in Blackboard under the “Organizations” heading. 

  • 9. Review your To-Do List before Every Semester and School Year.

    Each semester:

    Each year:

  • 10. Review Student Planning Tutorials

    Student Planning is a great way to help students stay on track during their educational journey. Students will not only be able to register for classes but also create a degree plan, update personal information, and explore majors!

  • 11. Check Your Student Email Frequently

    Most communication from faculty and staff at CWI will come to you via your student email account.  Check your email frequently so you don’t miss any important communications.

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    Have a smart phone? Download the Outlook app!