You Are Now A Bronco! What’s Next?
Congratulations on choosing Western Michigan University and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS)! Your success is our goal, and this guide seeks to assist your transition from high school to college. We want to empower you to be independent, but we also encourage you to review this document with your parent(s), family, or supporting individuals. This document seeks to answer any questions you may have and guide you on any remaining next steps. Please be sure to attend to the list below before you arrive for New Student Orientation!
- Set up your GoWMU Portal: You should have received a Bronco NetID and a Temporary Password in the mail from Admissions. The Bronco NetID is different from the WIN (Western Identification Number). If you do not have your Bronco NetID and Temporary Password, you can get it by contacting the Help Desk at (269) 387-HELP (4357), option 1 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Know how to use the GoWMU Portal: At the top of most WMU web pages is a small link called GoWMU. This portal is most-easily accessed on a desktop computer. When you click the link, it will take you to the sign-in page for your personal portal (gowmu.wmich.edu). You will click “First Time Logging In” and enter your Bronco NetID and Temporary Password. You will then create a personal password to log into your portal. You must know your Bronco Net ID and password in order to register for classes at Orientation! Make sure you keep that information handy, e.g., enter it in your notes on your phone, so you can quickly retrieve it on Day 2 of Orientation!
- Across the top are helpful links: “catalog” which links to the WMU Academic Catalog; “e-learning” which links to the Blackboard Learning System for online learning; and “W-Exchange” which links to your WMU e-mail account. Remember to check your WMU e-mail daily to receive important information from financial aid, academic advisor(s), instructors, etc. You should now conduct all official WMU business using your wmich.edu email address.
- Click on “First-Year Student” Tab. Review the information found under the heading, “Congratulations – You’re in!” for helpful first-year information.
- Click on “Student Home” Tab. From here, you can check your financial aid status and view your award, add and drop classes, check your account balance, pay your bill, and take care of many aspects of WMU business.
- Set up an Authorized User: If you want to allow someone to be able to view certain academic and financial aid information, you must designate that person as an authorized user in the portal under the “Student Home” tab. Information on authorized users will also be provided at Orientation.
- Think About your Major: CEAS has many wonderful programs! Explore your options on our website.
- Register for Classes: No need to worry about this now. We will help you register for fall classes on Day 2 of Orientation. Most students will register for 12 to 15 credits, which typically equates to 4 or 5 courses.
- Get your Western Student ID: You will have your ID picture taken at Orientation.
- Take Care of any Financial Aid Holds: Check to see that all financial aid requirements have been met. You can access this information in your GoWMU Portal by clicking on “All Links > Financial Aid.” Here you can view missing requirements and your financial aid award. Contact Bronco Express with any questions. Bronco Express is located on the lower level of the Bernhard Center, by the food court. Their number is (269) 387-6000. You can also visit Bronco Express in person. No appointment is needed.
- Figure out the Bottom Line: There is a cost of attendance calculator on the Registrar’s home page. You can choose options to figure out your cost of attendance. Western charges a flat rate for full-time on-campus tuition (12-15 credits) in the fall and spring semesters. Online courses are included in the flat-rate tuition and also incur a $60/credit hour fee. Regional Site courses are not included in the flat rate and are billed by the credit hour. Summer courses are also billed by the credit hour. After calculating expenses, subtracting awarded financial aid determines the bottom line. If needed, a payment plan can be set up for a remaining balance. Contact Bronco Express for details: (269) 387-6000.
- Get your Parking Pass: If you plan to have a vehicle on campus, you must have a parking pass. You can purchase this at Orientation. You must pay for your parking pass when you pick it up; it cannot be billed to your student account. Visit Parking Services website for prices and pass options.
- Purchase your Meal Plan: A variety of meal plans are available. The number for Dining Services is (269) 387-3463.
- Figure out your Housing: Check out WMU housing options. The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has a Learning Community in Eldridge/Fox Hall (Valley III). If you are already signed up for housing, you can make a request to switch to live with other CEAS students in either the Engineering or Engineering Honors Learning Community. Contact Residence Life at (269) 387-4735 for more information.
- Send Final Transcripts:
- High School Transcripts: You are required to send your high school transcript with your final senior semester grades. If WMU Admissions does not receive your final semester grades, you will have a registration hold that could delay your ability to register for spring 2018 courses.
- Non-WMU College/University Transcripts: You also must send transcripts for any courses taken at community college, either through dual-enrollment, an Early/Middle College program, or on your own, or if you are currently taking non-WMU courses at any institution of higher education. In addition, please make sure you bring to Orientation an official or unofficial copy of transcripts for any non-WMU courses you have completed, including those in which you are currently enrolled!
- Transcripts can be mailed to WMU Admissions, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5211, and can be sent electronically by the home institution to email@example.com.
- Know your Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Tests and Scores: If you took AP or IB courses AND corresponding exams, make sure you know which exam(s) you took AND what score(s) you received. This information is needed for accurate course registration. Please bring copies of any AP test scores from prior years with you to Orientation.
- Put Important Dates on your Calendar:
- Registration: Spring 2018 registration begins in October. Review the registration calendar, and write your day to register on your calendar now so you can plan to meet with your Academic Advisor ahead of time. Check the calendar to see when classes start, dates for holiday breaks, and deadlines to add/drop and withdraw from classes.
- Note: Spring 2018 STEP Learning Communities will be available in early October and you will need to meet with your Academic Advisor before the end of that month to make use of any seats reserved on your behalf.
- Fall Welcome: All first-year students are expected to attend Fall Welcome. More information on Fall Welcome and move-in will be provided at Orientation.
- Fall Move-In: Know when to move in to your residence hall if you are living on campus.