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First-Year Students

First-Year Students

Welcome to Case Western Reserve University!

WelcomeAs you make your way around campus, we hope you will become familiar with the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Our office oversees the academic aspects of student affairs, working with undergraduates across all schools and majors.

We support first-year students in their academic pursuits and provide guidance to individual students and their advisors on matters that impact first-year students' academic experiences. First-Year students are advised by the faculty instructing their SAGES First Seminar, and later by a faculty member within the department in which they declare their major.

Working specifically with first-year students on academic and related matters in the Office of Undergraduate Studies is the Associate Dean for First-Year Students, as well as the coordinators of the four Residential Colleges.

During your first year, our staff will help you navigate the university and its resources, discover academic and co-curricular programs, and understand policies and procedures so that you can make the most of your first-year experience on campus.

We are here to facilitate your success! The following links will provide you with information on topics of common question and concern among first-year students.

2016-2017 First-Year Registration Guide

Our office offers a helpful registration guide to help you navigate your academic degree requirements and information needed to register for your first semester. What do you need to know about SAGES? How do you select a math or chemistry course? What if you are interested in attending law school? Our 122-page guide includes all those things—and more.

Registration Help Videos and Online Information Sessions

View videos featuring CWRU faculty providing helpful advice for creating your first-semester schedule. You can also watch archived online information sessions here.

CWRU New Student Portal

Admitted students who are transitioning into the CWRU community will find a variety of important resources and information links including the New Student Checklist, important dates, common reading information, and information about New Student Orientation.

First-Year Student Resources for Academic Exploration

We have a growing library of YouTube videos that showcase various academic programs on campus. Our brief three- to five-minute videos highlight faculty members by department. Learn what classes are needed for your first year and some suggested career paths for majors. We always add new videos, so check back often. Even if you are undecided in your major, we have a video for that, too.

 2016-2017 Academic Representatives

StudentsThis list is your connection to academic representatives for every undergraduate program on campus. Academic representatives are available to meet with students to address program-specific questions and complete major and minor declaration paperwork. Students need not have declared a major/minor or be in the process of doing so to work with an academic representative.

First-Year Information (FYI) Newsletter

One of the most comprehensive sites for first-year students can show you how to live, manage and learn. The newsletter is delivered to your email inbox every Thursday, but you can also review archives on the website. You'll find a number of stories on topics such as academic policies, tuition deadlines, the CaseOneCard, registration, housing and much more.

Planning Ahead?

Undergraduate studies offers pre-professional advising for students interested in health careers and law.