Fall New Student Orientation
Welcome new Summer and Fall students! We're just weeks away from the start of Fall semester classes. All students who began during the Summer term or are starting in the Fall will be invited to the New Graduate Student Orientation hosted on the Canvas platform as a self-guided, online resource designed to help prepare you as a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University. The orientation modules will contain valuable info about Diversity 360, Kelvin Smith Library, Access Services, Health and Counseling Services, the CWRU Police, [U]Tech, Academic Integrity and more! Look for an email soon when the online modules are open.
Additionally, we will host an in-person Welcome to Campus event on Tuesday, August 22 in the Tinkham Veale University Center.
In the meantime, please visit the "First Steps" Information on our website for setting up your email, finding off-campus housing, learning about community resources, and more. Also continue to complete items on the New Student Checklist. Make sure to upload your photo for your student ID card by August 1!
Have questions about Orientation? Send an email to email@example.com.
Register for Fall 2023 Classes
Registration is open in SIS for Fall 2023 courses. The Add/Drop period ends on Friday, September 9. You won't be able to register if you have a hold on your account in SIS; click below to find out how to remove it.
Automatically placed onto your account each semester and must be removed by your advisor before you can register for courses.
For applicable programs, students who have not submitted a PPOS in SIS by the end of their second semester (or earlier for some Masters programs) may have a registration hold placed on their records. Once submitted, your advisor must review and approve the PPOS in SIS. The hold will then be processed and removed overnight.
Waivers for Medical and Fitness Plans
Do you have Health Insurance? If you're already covered, make sure to waive your Student Medical Plan before the end of the drop/add period on Friday, September 8 to avoid being charged. Also, every graduate student is automatically enrolled as a member of One-to-One Fitness but if you are not interested you have the option to waive this plan also by September 8. If you opted to waive the Student Medical Plan and/or the One-to-One Fitness plan in previous academic years, you must apply again if you intend to waive these plans for the 2023-24 year.
Please note: If you are staying on the Student Medical Plan, your coverage year begins August 1.
Summer Course Withdrawal
If you are enrolled in a course this summer and need to withdraw, review the Summer 2023 Enrollment Dates + Deadlines page (scroll to the Grad section) to confirm the last possible day to do so. For most classes, a withdrawal is to be done in SIS. See the University Registrar's page on class registration (start at #20) for instructions.
When you drop the individual course, you will receive a grade of W on your transcript and you will receive a 0% tuition refund. If you have more questions or are unsure whether you should drop the individual course, speak to your professor and/or advisor before making the decision to withdraw.
Freedman Student Fellowships
If you have a well-defined research project that involves the application of digital tools and methods to scholarly or pedagogical problems, apply to the 2023-24 Freedman Student Fellowship program! Applications are due in September and students are strongly encouraged to schedule a consultation with the digital scholarship team before submitting.
CWRU Take Two
For the remaining two Fridays this month the University will close at 3:00pm EDT including our office in Tomlinson Hall. Please plan accordingly. Beginning the week of July 31 our office will resume normal hours; Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm EDT.
Teaching Assistant Training
Graduate students who will serve as teaching assistants (TA) for Fall 2023 courses are required to participate in TA Training including registering for UNIV 400 in SIS to take the webinar course in Canvas and a attend an in-person seminar on Monday, August 21. International student TAs also need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a Spoken English Test (SET). If you have questions, please contact email@example.com.
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