Working from a broad-based understanding of university policies and procedures, academic advisors will consistently share accurate, current and pertinent information allowing students to maximize their education opportunities. A personal relationship between student and advisor facilitates and accelerates the student/university interaction.
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Cheney, WA 99004
Freshman First Quarter Agenda
Buy your textbooks in the University Bookstore, Pence Union Building (PUB) 152 or through the University Bookstore website. Students with classes at the EWU Riverpoint (Spokane) campus will need to buy those textbooks at the Spokane Center Bookstore website. Print off your class schedule from EagleNET and find your books by the course code, course number and section number (example: ENGL 101-05). To find your class schedule in EagleNET, go to:
- Print your Concise Student Schedule OR Student Detail Schedule
Attend New Student Orientation (New Fall Students Only)
Attend New Student Orientation and Welcome Week (NSO). You will learn about campus, meet people, and participate in fun activities. New Student Orientation is designed to acquaint new students with many of the aspects of campus life and the Cheney community. Many challenges lie ahead, and all new students should use this time to become familiar with campus and the many resources available. You can also get 1 credit for attending specific Orientation activities.
Print campus maps
Get EWU ID (EagleCard)
Get your EagleCard in the EagleCard Office in Tawanka Commons (TAW) 120. With your EagleCard, you can:
- Use your Dining meal points
- Ride any Spokane Transit Bus route for free (except during summer)
- Use the JFK Library
- Put money on your EagleFlex account (prepaid account for use around campus and in Cheney).
First day of the quarter
Check your schedule in EagleNET to check for updates to your class schedule, especially change of class location.
Set up Blackboard
Blackboard is an online resource for each each class - where you will find the course syllabus, assignments, and grades; take tests; submit completed assignments and more. If you used Blackboard in high school, you may be able to use the same account. Go to User Login and see if your old log-in is accepted.
Create a Blackboard account:
- Go to Blackboard
- Click Create Account
- Make sure to input your email address and EWUID number even though they are not "required" fields.
Log in to Blackboard and “enroll” in the blackboard course for each class you are registered for:
- Click the Course tab on the top left of your Blackboard dashboard.
- Use the Course Search box on the left. Typically the easiest way to search for the course you want is to search by the instructor’s last name (found in your Concise Student Schedule in EagleNET).
- Click the Enroll button to the far right of the Blackboard course that you wish to enroll in.
- Click Submit and then click OK to enter the Blackboard course site.
If you registered for Fast Fitness (PHED 150), Group Exercise (PHED 151) or Strength Training (PHED 152): You will need 40 ½ hour visits or 20 hour long visits to the gym to get an “A” in the class. You will also need to complete two required assignments online in Blackboard. Since you don’t actually meet as a class, you will only find the course syllabus and assignment information in Blackboard.
Review course syllabi
Carefully read and keep the syllabus for each of your courses in a safe place so you can refer to each of them as needed. Your syllabi are a valuable resource for each course.
Early in the quarter
Take the Math Placement Test
If you have not taken the APTP Math Placement Test yet, plan to take it ASAP! Check the APTP Math Placement Test website for test dates, practice test and instructions.
Meet with your advisor
Remember to make your appointment early in the quarter to meet with your academic or departmental advisor. Connect with your Academic Advisor (and find their contact information). Priority Registration for the next term begins the 7th week of the current term. Students with less than 45 earned credits must meet with their academic advisor prior to registering each quarter. Advisors' calendars typically fill quickly, so make sure to schedule your advising appointment early each quarter!
Check out academic resources
Academic resources include the Mathematics Tutoring Lab, the Writers' Center, the Academic Success Center. Academic resources are there to help you be successful in your classes. Your tuition dollars help pay for these resources- so make sure you get the most out of your money and use them! For a full list of academic resources, click here.
Your instructors are another important academic resource. Meet with your instructors in their offices to network and build foundations for course success.