Student Checklist for Success

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Welcome to College of Western Idaho (CWI)!

To ensure a successful start to your journey as a CWI student, be sure to review the steps and information below. Should you have any questions along the way, our team is here to help. 

Contact One Stop Student Services

  • 1. Sign In to Your Student Account

    Congratulations on being admitted to CWI!

    Login Information

    First things first — setting up your student account. 

    • To get started, visit Logon Help to Enroll your account.
    • Sign in using the username provided in your official acceptance letter. 
      • The temporary password is your first initial capitalized + last initial capitalized + 'logon' the last four digits of your social security number (e.g., FLlogon1234). 
        • If you have not provided your social security number to the College or do not have one, please use the last four digits of your student ID number.
      • Follow the prompts to set up security questions and reset your password to a custom password of your choosing.

    Once your account has been enrolled, you may use Logon Help to reset or change your password and recover access to your account.

    Logon Help

    Campus Tech Support

    Visit Campus Tech Support for login steps and information about myCWI, Blackboard, your student email, and other tools available to you as a student. 

    Campus Tech Support

  • 2. Verify Academic Skill Level

    To ensure you are placed in the correct math and English classes, CWI uses placement exams to verify your academic skill level.

    Accepted placement exams:

    • ACT*
    • SAT*
    • Advanced Placement (AP) math and English classes completed in high school
    • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    • CWI Write Class (English) Placement
    • CWI Math Placement*
    • Math or English classes taken at other colleges or universities

    *Math placement scores must be within three years of the first day you intend to begin classes. College credit placement has no age limit.

    Placement Testing

    Questions? For assistance or questions related to placement testing, please contact Testing Services.

  • 3. Complete New Student Orientation

    The next step in your journey starts with completing New Student Orientation. Orientation will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the College, discover available resources, and prepare to register for classes.

    Complete New Student Orientation  

  • 4. Connect with your Advisor

    Students seeking a degree or certificate are required to meet with their assigned advisor within their first semester to:  

    • create an academic plan
    • explore your goals
    • understand academic expectations
    • review degree requirements
    • ... and more.

    Fulfilling this advising requirement during your first semester at CWI will allow you to register for classes in future semesters. 

    Academic Advising

  • 5. Review Important Dates

    View the Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines specific to each semester.

  • 6. Apply for Scholarships

    CWI's scholarship application provides students with automatically-generated scholarship matches, including over 10,000 external scholarship opportunities, allowing you to self-select scholarships of interest.

    Apply for Scholarships

  • 7. Register for Classes

    Visit the Registration page for important information, dates, course options, and steps to register for classes.

    Registration Preview Class Offerings

  • 8. Pay Tuition and Fees

    Verify Financial Aid

    If you have or plan to apply for federal financial aid, visit the Financial Aid Menu in your Self-Service Toolkit, accessed from myCWI, for an account summary and checklist. 

    Payment Options

    Tuition and fees are charged at the time of registration. Payment in full or payment arrangements must be made on balances not covered by federal financial aid or other funding by the Tuition and Fees Deadline listed in the Academic Calendar

    Billing & Payments

  • 9. Prepare for Class

    Student ID Card

    • To obtain your student ID card, bring a state- or government-issued ID to any One Stop Student Services location.
      • Your student ID card can be used for services such as the Library, Math Solution Center, and access to free bus service through Valley Ride.

    Course Materials

    • Once you are registered for classes, find information about the course materials you will need in Student Planning, accessed on myCWI, or by visiting the CWI Bookstore in-person or online.

    • Approximately one week prior to the start of each semester, you can charge your books against your accepted financial aid award.


    • Student access to a current semester course begins the first day of the course session at 12:01 a.m.
    • Visit the myCommons section (under My Organizations) for information on student resources, support services, and events.
      • Earn badges through mini, online courses created to help you prepare for classes and begin using technology, such as accessing your student email.

    Sign in to Blackboard

    Student Email

    • Be sure to check your email often so you don't miss any important communication from the College, your instructors, or classmates.
    • Need help accessing your student email? Visit Campus Tech Support, or contact the Help Desk.
    • Have a smartphone? Download the Outlook app!

    Access your CWI Student Email

    Get Connected

    • Stay up-to-date on important dates, news, and more on myCWI.
    • Join us on social media for the latest news and information about campus life and events at the College.
  • 10. Understand Student Conduct

    As a student, you are responsible for knowing the policies and conduct expected of you as well as your rights.