First-Year Experience

Two female Case Western Reserve University students walking on the quad

Welcome! Let's make your first year great.

Beyond this website, we provide a number of ways to keep you up-to-date on life at Case Western Reserve.

So here we highlight just a few of the basics.


To start, let's learn about SIS, the Student Information System (SIS): SIS is Case Western Reserve's online tool for course selection, viewing your grades, enrollment, financial information and more. You'll need your CWRU network ID and password to log in.

In mid-July you will be registering for your first classes, but well before then you will be speaking with your Navigator. 

Coming to CWRU

Before you know it, you'll be getting ready to come to campus. First-year students live in one of four residential colleges, each with its own traditions and atmosphere. Take a virtual tour before you arrive on campus so you can see the amenities provided and get tips on what to pack.

Finally, there's orientation: One week before fall semester starts, you'll be on campus finalizing your schedule, learning your way around and having some fun. Orientation is also your chance to discover Cleveland and get involved in a community-service project.

Resources for Parents and Families

Parents and family members are often new to Case Western Reserve University, too, and we can help you plan visits, navigate the campus and celebrate milestones with your student. Check out our Parent and Family Resources page for answers to questions you may have about student insurance, academic support and how to manage the transition from high school to college.

Homecoming and Parents Weekend, held in October each year, is a special time. Parents and families enjoy special programs and activities, and for many it's a great opportunity to see how students have settled in after move-in.