New Student Transitions & Family Programming

Welcome to EWU!

We’re thrilled you’ve decided to attend Eastern! Our New Student Transition & Family Programming team is here to help you and your family in the transition to college and to succeed throughout your time at EWU.

For StudentsFor Families

New Student Orientation

Holiday Inn Express – Cheney
1.7 mi. from campus
509.235.1100

Super 8 Motel
8.7 mi. from campus
509.838.8800

Days Inn and Suites
13.5 mi. from campus
509.244.0222

Holiday Inn – Spokane Airport
13.7 mi. from campus
1-800-HOLIDAY
509.838.1170

Ramada Inn – Spokane Airport
17.1 mi. from campus
509.838.5211

NOTE: This list is an informational reference listing only and should not be interpreted as an endorsement of any hotel or a comprehensive summary of available area hotels.

Orientation Parking

  • New Student Orientation Parking will be announced late August.
  • Please pay close attention to special/disabled parking signage.
  • All parking meters and EWU parking lots are monitored on weekdays.
  • All metered spaces and private non-EWU Parking lots are pay-only lots and will be monitored.

Transportation

NOTE: This list is an informational reference listing only and should not be interpreted as an endorsement of any transportation service or a comprehensive summary of available area transportation services.

New Student Orientation

  • The Fall New Student Orientation will start September 17 with move-in day and conclude on September 22, 2020.
  • NSO Family events will be from September 17-19.
  • The full NSO schedule will be posted here early August.

TRANSFERmation Orientation

  • The fall TRANSFERmation Orientation will be on September 21.
  • The full schedule will be posted here early August.

Note: Due to COVID-19, as new information is received, changes could be made to this website without notice, please check back often for updates. Students registered for any of the fall New Student Orientations will receive notice of any changes via email.

The new student online orientation and fall Orientation programs are designed to prepare you for your first year, and set you up for a successful and rewarding college experience. You will connect with other students, faculty, and staff and receive an overview of academics, student life, and what it takes to make a smooth transition to EWU.

Welcome to the #EagleFamily! We can’t wait to see you. Before then, there are just a few things you’ll need to do:

1. Sign Up for Fall Classes

Choose the option that best matches you:

  • Students who did not attend college after graduating from high school complete your Advising Questionnaire. An advisor will contact you via your Eagles email account to schedule your advising appointment. (Running Start students from other colleges and College in the High School students, this is your option for advising)
  • Students who earned college credits after graduating high school or are older than 25, please watch your Eagles email account for an email from your advisor to schedule your advising appointment. (EWU Running Start students, this is your option for advising)

If you have any questions about the questionnaire or your advising appointment please call the Center for Academic Advising and Retention (CAAR) at 509.359.2345.

2. Save Your Seat for Your Fall Orientation

Choose the option that best matches you:

  • I am a student who did not attend college after graduating from high school
    • Save your seat for the on-campus New Student Orientation on September 17-22, 2020. Save your seat now. (Fall Orientation option for ALL Running Start and College in the High School students)
  • I earned college credits after graduating high school or I’m older than 25
    • Save your seat for the on-campus TRANSFERmation Orientation on September 21, 2020. Save your seat now.

For more information please see our drop down menu below.

3. Complete EWU’s New Student Online Orientation

To start you will need your NetID and Password. Choose the option that best matches you:

Orientation questions? Please contact us at orientation@ewu.edu or 509.359.6843.


Note: Due to COVID-19, as new information is received, changes could be made to this website without notice, please check back often for updates. Students registered for any of the fall New Student Orientations will receive notice of any changes via email.

Family Programming

Our E-Blast will include a quarterly newsletter and newsflashes emailed to you directly with the following information:

  • News from the Office for New Student Transitions and Family Programming
  • Parent information
  • Information to pass on to your student
  • Upcoming campus events
  • And more!

Subscribe to the EWU Parent E-Blast

The quarterly newsletter provides parents with information on upcoming events, important dates and deadlines, and useful information to help your student(s) succeed.

2019-20

Fall Newsletter (Published 9/13/19)
Winter Newsletter (Published 12/9/19)

2018-19

Fall Newsletter (Published 9/12/18)
Winter Newsletter (Published 12/21/18)
Spring Newsletter (Published 3/25/19)

2017-18

Fall Newsletter (Published on 9/14/17)
Winter Newsletter (Published 12/12/17)
Spring Newsletter (Published 3/22/18)

Family events are held throughout the academic year to help you connect with EWU and serve as a support for your student. Events may include keynote speakers, faculty and student panels, receptions, and other useful and fun activities.

Save the Date

Eagle Family HomecomingOct. 20-25, 2020

Important Dates

Spring Quarter 2020

Instruction Begins: Monday, April 6

Memorial Day Holiday: Monday, May 25

Last Class Day of Instruction: Friday, June 5

Final Exams Week: Monday-Thursday, June 8-11

Last Day of Spring Quarter: Friday, June 12

Quarter Commencement: Saturday, June 13

 

Spring Semester 2020

Last Class Day of Instruction: Friday, May 1

Final Exams Week: Monday-Friday, May 4 – May 8

Last Day of Spring Semester: Friday, May 8

Semester Commencement: Friday, May 8

 

Summer Quarter 2020

Instruction Begins: Monday, June 22

Independence Day Holiday Observed: Friday July 3

Last Class Day of Instruction: Wednesday, August 7

Final Exams: Monday-Thursday, August 10-13

Last Day of Summer Quarter: Friday, August 14

 

Summer Semester 2020

Instruction Begins: Monday, May 11

Independence Day Holiday Observed: Friday, July 3

Final Exams: Monday- Thursday, July 27-30

Last Day of Instruction: Friday, July 31

Join the conversation, ask us questions, meet other parents, post student highlights and achievements and more on our EWU Parents and Families Facebook page.

Below is the archive of email messages sent to students from the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs during COVID-19.

Welcome! As a parent or family member of an EWU student, you are now part of our Eastern family. We communicate frequently with parents so that you can be more involved in the EWU community. We want you to stay connected to your students, which will increase their success.

Resources

Please keep your emergency contact information updated. This will help the university contact the appropriate individuals in case of an emergency. To update your emergency contact information, follow these steps:

  1. Log onto your EagleNET Address Manager
  2. Follow the directions at the top of the page

Would you like to let someone else pay your tuition? Students have the ability to create an authorized user login by going to “Pay My Bill” option. This will allow the authorized user to pay the student’s account balance online.

Students

To set up an authorized user: Download Instructions

  1. The student needs to visit the Payment Portal
  2. Sign in with your NetID and password
  3. Now you should be on the home page of TouchNet. Click Authorized Users to start.
  4. On this page, you’ll see two tabs. One for current authorized users where you’ll see any prior authorized users that you granted access to your account (if applicable). Click Add Authorized User to begin the process of adding a new user. Enter the email of the user and then select the option for whether or not you want the user to be able to view your payment history and account activity. If you select “No,” the authorized user will still be able to make payments and enroll in a payment plan on your behalf.
  5. Click Continue.
  6. Click the box at the bottom of the page to electronically sign the agreement to add the specified authorized user.
  7. Click Continue. You will receive an email confirmation after completing this step.
Authorized User
  • The authorized user will receive two (2) emails. The first email will contain a notification of their new access and the username they’ll use to sign in. The second email will contain a temporary password for them to use the first time they sign in.
  • The authorized user will need to log in to TouchNet using the credentials emailed to them
  • The authorized user will need to finish setting up their account by adding their name and creating a password.
  • By clicking the home icon, the authorized user will then be able to make a payment, enroll in a payment plan, or view account history (if the student granted access to view the history in Step #5.) In the example below, the student is already enrolled in a payment plan, but if they were not the authorized user would see an “Enroll is a Payment Plan” button between the “View Activity” and “Make Payment” buttons.
  • If an authorized user wishes to enroll the student in a payment plan they can follow the payment plan enrollment instructions in the webpage on the Student Financial Services website.
  • Authorized users are also able to make installment payments for the student by clicking the gear icon next to the upcoming installment. Payments for installments can be made immediately or can be scheduled for a future date.
  • Authorized users do not have access to financial aid, grades, or other online student information.
  • Only the student can reset the authorized user’s password if it is lost or forgotten.

Here you will find New Student Orientation web resources. More resources and information will posted as it becomes available.

Contact Us

New Student Transitions and Family Programming
926 Elm Street
301 Pence Union Building
Cheney, WA 99004
509.359.6843
orientation@ewu.edu

EWU Students celebrating in front of JFK Library