New Student Checklist
Visit your Department Office
Meet the graduate coordinator, your adviser, and other faculty members. Complete employment documents if you are a TA. Ask about student organizations and other ways to be involved in your discipline. Most departments also offer orientation activities to help you acclimate to the department and campus.
Submit Final Transcripts
Submit requested final transcript(s) to the Graduate School. You will not be able to register until the Graduate School receives all required transcripts.
Measles Immunity Documentation
Measles clearance must be obtained before you will be allowed to register. The Health Center is located on the corner of 21st St. and Bill McDonald Parkway.
Activate your Universal Account & Western Email Account
All students receive an Universal Account. This account will be used for accessing:
- MyWestern– Student Web Portal (Email, Blackboard, File Storage and Web Hosting)
- Computer Labs
- Wireless Network
You can activate your Universal Account at Universal Account Activation
Note: Students are required to read their MyWestern e–mail messages regularly because official university correspondence will be delivered to their MyWestern mailboxes.
Prerequisite: You must have confirmed your admission (use the "accept admission" email link in your admission letter).
Once you have done that, you can login to MyWestern, select the Web4U link, and access the registration menu.
In order to register for classes, you will need to have the Course Reference Numbers (CRNs) of the sections you want to add to your schedule. If you need to find CRNs, ClassFinder is a convenient way to look them up.
Graduate Students are generally eligible to register during any phase of registration. The one exception to this is Fall Quarter. Phase I of Fall Quarter registration occurs in the Spring, and is only available to continuing students. Fall Quarter registration for new graduate students begins with Phase II (generally late August) and continues through the first week of classes (End of Phase III). See Important Dates and Deadlines on the Registrar's Office website for begin and end dates of registration phases.
Please note: If you were an undergraduate student at WWU in the spring, and will be beginning a graduate program in the fall, you are a new graduate student, not a continuing graduate student.
Verify your Mailing & Email Addresses
You can also view and update address information through the Web4U. If you update your address info online, it is not necessary to contact individual university offices to make the change.
Get Your Western Photo ID Card
Your WWU photo ID will be issued by the Western Card Office located temporarily in Wilson Library. You must bring identification. Prerequisite: You must be registered.
Pay your Tuition & Fees
Check online for tuition and fees deadlines. You will not receive a statement in the mail. You should check your account online and ensure that you pay on time to avoid late fees and registration holds. Students with tuition waivers must pay the portion tuition/fees that they are responsible for by the deadline.
If you Require Services Related to a Disability
Contact the Office of Student Life, DisAbility Services, before you arrive on campus for access services, information and referrals; 360-650-3844 or TTY 650-3725, Old Main 110.
Seek Out New Student Activities & Information
There are many organizations (religious, social, political) which may be of interest to graduate students. Please contact the Associated Students office for more information at 360-650-3460.
I-20 Validation for International Students
After you have registered, you must obtain I-20 validation from the Designated School Official at Western. Contact the International Programs & Exchanges Office for a brief appointment (360) 650-6517.