First-Year Student Checklist

Welcome Titans! During your time at IWU you will be exposed to numerous resources that will help facilitate your success. The first of these resources is the first-year student checklist. This list was designed to assist you in completing all of the tasks necessary to help you thrive upon arriving on campus in the Fall.  

Please review this checklist frequently throughout the summer, and note that activities are subject to change in response to state, federal, and public health guidelines.  


Upon receiving your deposit,*  which confirms your intention to enroll, you will be sent an email to the personal email account provided to Illinois Wesleyan's Admissions Office which will include your  assigned IWU email address, instructions to set up your IWU email account, and MyIWU login information.

As soon as you receive this email:

  • Change the temporary password provided to a private and secure password using the instructions outlined in the email.
    • Entering your cell phone number is optional on the password change site.  Entering your cell number will allow you to change a forgotten password by getting a text message with a reset code. 
  • Login to MyIWU.

All University communications will now be sent to your IWU email account (not your personal email account), and you are encouraged to check it regularly.

*non-refundable enrollment deposit


As Soon as Possible


May

  • For priority consideration, submit housing/meal plan accommodations documentation by May 1, 2020 (if applicable).
  • Students who submit their housing application, agreement, and roommate preference survey by May 15, 2020 will receive their housing assignment by May 26, 2020.
  • Submit final high school transcript (as soon as final grades are posted).
  • If applicable, submit to the IWU Registrar's Office official transcripts for any coursework you have completed, or are currently completing, at a college or university.
  • If applicable, send official credit-by-exam scores (e.g. AP, IB, Cambridge) to Illinois Wesleyan.
  • Login to MyIWU to find and complete missing financial aid documents.
  • If applicable, accept or decline any financial aid in your MyIWU account.
  • Submit your picture to idphoto@iwu.edu so that your ID is ready for pick up when you arrive to Turning Titan. You can see the guidelines for submission here

June

  • Submit academic accommodations (if applicable).
  • Students who submit their housing application, agreement, and roommate preference survey by June 15, 2020 will receive their housing assignment by June 26, 2020.
  • Complete the online diversity education module offered through our campus partner everfi. You will receive information on how to complete the module in your IWU email. 
  • For families on the 10-Installment Plan, first payments are due June 30, 2020.
  • On June 22, 2020 you will receive an email to your IWU email address with a Pre-Registration Questionnaire which will be due on July 10, 2020.  In this questionnaire, you will confirm your major(s) of interest or identify yourself as undeclared, as well as rank order your Gateway Colloquim selections.  It is imperative you complete this questionnaire to ensure you are assigned to an appropriate academic advisor and to prepare for Fall 2020 course registration.
  • Read and reflect on the   2020 Summer Reading Program  book  What the Eyes Don't See  by Mona Hanna-Attisha.  A copy will be mailed to all deposited first-year students by the end of June 2020.
  • Register for a  Pre-Orientation Program  by July 1, 2020 (optional).

 July

  • Register for a Pre-Orientation Program by July 1, 2020 (optional).
  • Students who submit their housing application, agreement, and roommate preference survey by July 15, 2020 will receive their housing assignment by July 24, 2020.
  • Submit the the Pre-Registration Questionnaire by July 10, 2020In this questionnaire, you will confirm your major(s) of interest or identify yourself as undeclared, as well as rank order your Gateway Colloquim selections.  It is imperative you complete this questionnaire to ensure you are assigned to an appropriate academic advisor and to prepare for Fall 2020 course registration.
  • Read and reflect on the   2020 Summer Reading Program  book  What the Eyes Don't See  by Mona Hanna-Attisha.
  • Submit the  Medical History Form  and  Immunization Record  to Arnold Health Center on campus by  August 1, 2020.
  • For families on the 2-Installment Plan, the first payment is due July 30, 2020.

August

  • Submit the Medical History Form and Immunization Record to Arnold Health Center on campus by August 1, 2020.
  • Complete an entry into the 2020 Summer Reading Essay Contest by Friday, August 7, 2020 (optional).
  • Students living on campus will move into the residence halls on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 .
  • Attend Turning Titan: New Student Orientation Tuesday, August 11 through Sunday, August 16, 2020 .
  • Classes start Monday, August 17, 2020 .
  • Submit Health Insurance Waiver if applicable by Monday, August 31, 2020.

Throughout the Summer