Academic advisement is critical!
Visit your advisor on a regular basis to make sure you are on track with your academic program, courses, etc.

● Pay attention to deadlines!
If you miss one, it could cost you – not just money but grades as well (ex. Drop/add, fee payment, course withdrawal.)

● Get Student ID from the front desk, which will have your CWID number on it.

● Avoid long lines and high frustration levels; use telephone or computer registration whenever possible. Course and Financial Aid information are often sent via email.

● Be sure to have university or college representatives sign every form dealing with selecting courses, dropping classes, etc. You may need it to defend a course selection when you apply for graduation or to prove you have dropped a class.

Save every grade report. Computers have been known to lose grades, course, credits, etc.

● Periodically ask for an unofficial copy of your transcript. Be sure your records match the Registrar's.

● Select classes based on your own academic capabilities. For example, if science is not your forte, don’t take biology and chemistry in the same semester.

● Be very careful about taking writing classes during shorter summer semesters. The same holds true for classes requiring larger amounts of reading.

Read the course catalog carefully. As a rule, freshman should not register for a senior or graduate level class.

● Typically, freshmen are the last students to register so plan an alternative schedule prior to registration. Your first choice classes may be filled.

● Realize that every college and university has its own culture which includes language, traditions, and taboos.

There are five phases of college adjustment. As a freshman, you may experience some or all of the following phases. You may experience them in any order, and some phases may repeat or overlap.

1. Phase one - Fascination with the new environment.
2. Phase two - Severe homesickness.
3. Phase three - Finding fault with new surroundings; building stereotypes.
4. Phase four - Finding humor in your adjustment.
5. Phase five - Embracing the new culture; it becomes your “normal” environment.

In order to become more comfortable with the college or university environment:

1. Learn the jargon of higher education.
2. Realize your own preconceptions and perceptions.
3. Actively try to make friends.
4. Look for common ground.
5. Look for individuals, not stereotypes.
6. Create a sense of ownership.
7. Take pride in our (your) college.
8. Do not be afraid of responsibility.
9. You have a place to relax-or-vent.
10. Realize that the college staff, faculty, and your friends care and are willing to help.
11. Make wise and mature choices/decisions that will accomadate your success in school.


They cared. We can find ways to be successful.

Go to class. Class attendance really does correlate with your grades and prevents your from potentially losing your financial aid.

Communication is key - - especially when dealing with roommates and professors.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, utilize tutoring services, and visit instructors during office hours.

College is not a contest. You don’t have to compete with anyone for your grade. Learn at your own pace and don’t feel inferior if you don’t understand something the first time around.

● The bureaucracy of higher education is overwhelming. Stay calm, ask questions, and be sure you know the name of the person you are talking to.

Support systems are essential for survival. Make friends. Talk to everyone.

Expect to feel lonely, frightened, and isolated. But also remember - - you are not the only person experiencing these emotions, and it all gets better with time.

Read everything! Read your mail!

● Don’t procrastinate: causes stress and could result in poor work.

● Don’t take policy advice from other students: Check with offices on campus.

Join in all the activities you can.

Don’t be intimidated by faculty and staff. Your tuition dollars pay the salaries of university and college personnel. You are the customer; they work for you, so ask questions.

Your college catalog is your bible. You have to open it in order to reap the benefits of what is inside.

● Get a copy of your school’s code of ethics (honor code). A simple mistake could cost your degree.

Maintain a positive attitude, be a good listener, stick to your own convictions, and strive past your dreams.


Resident assistants are a valuable resource. Be sure to maintain open communication with your RA.

You must leave the building when the fire alarm rings.

Clean up after yourself. Avoid roommate problems and bug infestation.

Personal Hygeine is Important. Boost confidence and improves health.

Many schools offer “specialty floors.” Reserve your room early and be honest about special requests. Some options are:

1. Quiet study floors.
2. Upperclassman floors.
3. Health and wellness floors.

4. Chemically sensitive floors.

5. Multicultural floors.

6. Single-sex or co-ed floors.

Get involved in residence life. Almost every school sponsors some type of residence hall government, community activities, and attend residential meetings.

Lock your doors - - even when you are in your room! Better safe than sorry.

If your school allows cooking in the room:

1. Check to see which appliances are permitted for dorm use.

a. Dorm size refrigerator.

b. Microwave.

c. Toaster Oven.