New Student Transitions & Parent Programs

Welcome to EWU!


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

For StudentsFor Parents

Orientation


New Student Orientation is a fast-paced, one-day summer orientation that prepares you to start your first year. Students get an overview of academics, student life, and what it takes to make a smooth transition to EWU.

This program is for all incoming first-year students (freshmen, transfer, non-traditional with zero or fewer than 40 university/college credits and all former running start students) who have confirmed their intent to enroll for fall quarter. Parents and guests are encouraged to accompany students.

Summer 2019 Sessions:
All Fridays

  • June 28 – Closed
  • July 12 – Closed
  • July 19 – Closed
  • July 26 – Closed
  • August 9
  • August 16
  • August 23

To receive an orientation invitation, you must first confirm your enrollment to EWU. Orientation invitations are sent to the email you applied to EWU with.

Once you have received your invitation email you will need the following to register for an orientation:

  • NetID, found at the top of your acceptance letter or in a series of emails you received
  • Eagles Student Email, and
  • Date of Birth

Sample SchedulesPlease note: A detailed schedule will be provided at orientation check-in. The schedule is subject to change without notice. Please visit often for the most updated schedule.

A few important things to know:

  • You must confirm your enrollment prior to registering for orientation. Please note that it will take at least five (5) working days for the confirmation to process through our systems and for your orientation invitation to be sent.
  • Attendance at orientation is mandatory to receive your fall quarter schedule, partial attendance does not fulfill your requirement.
  • Program Fees:
    • Students: No additional orientation fee.
    • Family/Guests: No orientation fee, tickets for our orientation lunch will have to be purchased in our Lunch Ticket Store one week prior to orientation. NOTE: DO NOT PURCHASE A TICKET FOR THE STUDENT ATTENDING ORIENTATION. Written lunch ticket refund requests will need to be emailed to orientation@ewu.edu with the original receipt attached and received no later than five (5) days before your Orientation.
  • Students must be registered for a specific orientation session. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
  • We love parents! Family members/guests wishing to attend a program with their first-year student must register for the corresponding Orientation. Students will be able to indicate the number of family/guest members on their orientation registration form.

Eagle Flight is a two-day enhanced summer orientation for:

  • All incoming freshmen, transfer, and non-traditional students who have 0-40 university/college credits (post-high school graduation)
  • All former running start students (who have confirmed their intent to enroll for fall quarter)

Students receive more detailed information regarding academics, student life, and what it takes to make a smooth transition to EWU. They have more time to spend with peer advisors to get a sense of campus life and get to stay overnight in a residence hall for the full new student experience.

IMPORTANT: Parents and guests are encouraged to accompany students to Eagle Flight, but they must make their own housing arrangements. A list of hotels in the Cheney/Spokane area is available below under Lodging.

Summer 2019 Session Date: August 1 and 2.

To receive an orientation invitation, you must first confirm your enrollment to EWU. Orientation invitations are sent to the email you applied to EWU with.

Once you have received your invitation email you will need the following to register for an orientation:

  • NetID, found at the top of your acceptance letter or in a series of emails you received
  • Eagles Student Email, and
  • Date of Birth

Sample Schedules. Please note: A detailed schedule will be provided at orientation check-in. The schedule is subject to change without notice. Please visit often for the most updated schedule.

 

A few important things to know:

  • You must confirm your enrollment prior to registering for orientation. Please note that it will take at least five (5) working days for the confirmation to process through our systems and for your orientation invitation to be sent.
  • Attendance at orientation is mandatory to receive your fall quarter schedule, partial attendance does not fulfill your requirement.
  • Program Fees:
    • Students: $40, includes orientation materials, meals (Day 1: Lunch and Dinner, Day 2, Continental Breakfast), housing for Thursday night, and entertainment.
    • Family/Guests: $40, includes orientation materials, meals (Day 1: Lunch and Dinner, Day 2, Continental Breakfast), and entertainment.
    • Family/Guest 6-12 years: $20, includes orientation materials, meals (Day 1: Lunch and Dinner, Day 2, Continental Breakfast), and entertainment.
    • Children 5 and under: No fee.
  • Fee(s) must be paid at least one (1) week after registering to Eagle Flight to avoid losing your spot. The secure payment website is part of the registration process.
  • Written refund requests must be made no later than July 19, 2019 and emailed to orientation@ewu.edu with your receipt attached.
  • Students must be officially registered for a specific orientation session. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
  • You will have an opportunity to take your Mathematics Placement Assessment on the morning of August 1. Please see the sample schedule above.
  • We love parents! Family members/guests wishing to attend a program with their student must register for the corresponding Eagle Flight Experience. Students will be able to add family members or guests on their orientation online registration form.

Transfer Express is an orientation for transfer students who have 40+ college/university credits and confirmed their intent to enroll in the fall.

As a transfer student, we understand this is not your first experience with higher education, but it is your first time as an EWU student, so we have intentionally created a program that meets your needs. We are excited to welcome you to campus to share important information that will help you succeed throughout your EWU college career.

2019 Session Date: September 23

To receive an orientation invitation, you must first confirm your enrollment to EWU. Orientation invitations are sent to the email you applied to EWU with.

Once you have received your invitation email you will need the following to register for an orientation:

  • NetID, found at the top of your acceptance letter or in a series of emails you received
  • Eagles Student Email, and
  • Date of Birth

Sample Schedules. Please note: A detailed schedule will be provided at orientation check-in. The schedule is subject to change without notice. Please visit often for the most updated schedule.

A few important things to know:

  • You must confirm your enrollment prior to registering for orientation. Please note that it will take at least five (5) working days for the confirmation to process through our systems and for your orientation invitation to be sent.
  • Program Fees:
    • Students: No additional orientation fee.
    • Family/Guests: No orientation fee, tickets for our orientation lunch will have to be purchased in our Lunch Ticket Store one week prior to orientation. NOTE: DO NOT PURCHASE A TICKET FOR THE STUDENT ATTENDING ORIENTATION. Written lunch ticket refund requests will need to be emailed to orientation@ewu.edu with the original receipt attached and received no later than five (5) days before your Orientation.
  • Students must be registered for a specific orientation session. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
  • Family members/guests wishing to attend a program with their first-year student must register for the corresponding Orientation. Students will be able to indicate the number of family/guest members on their orientation registration form.

You have a choice of three different orientation types to set you up for a successful and rewarding college experience. Please choose one of the orientation programs on the right to learn more.

  • New Student Orientation, one-day, summer orientation experience for new students.
  • Eagle Flight Orientation, two-day overnight, summer orientation experience for new students and transfer students.
  • Transfer Express Orientation, one-day, fall orientation experience for transfer students.

Welcome Week


The Welcome Week schedule will be available in the Guidebook App in August 2019. View last year’s schedule.

We are excited for your arrival on campus in September! As the newest members of the EWU community, you need to know your fellow Eags, campus facilities, and resources. Participating in Welcome Week is an important step to making all the exciting connections to set you up for success.

Reminder: Check your EWU student email account daily for university messages and Welcome Week details.

Parent Programs


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 Parent Programs
  • 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.

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 Homecoming: Oct. 9-13, 2019

Important Dates

Spring Quarter 2019
Instruction Begins: Monday, April 1
Memorial Day Holiday: Monday, May 27
Last Class Day of Instruction: Friday, June 7
Final Exams Week: Monday-Thursday, June 10-13
Last Day of Spring Quarter: Friday, June 14
Quarter Commencement: Saturday, June 15

Spring Semester 2019
Last Class Day of Instruction: Friday, April 26
Final Exams Week: Monday-Friday, April 29 – May 3
Last Day of Spring Semester: Friday, May 3
Semester Commencement: Friday, May 3

Summer Quarter 2019
Instruction Begins: Monday, June 24
Independence Day Holiday: Thursday, July 4
Last Class Day of Instruction: Wednesday, August 14
Final Exams: Thursday-Friday, August 15-16
Last Day of Summer Quarter: Friday, August 16

Summer Semester 2019
Instruction Begins: Monday, May 6
Independence Day Holiday: Thursday, July 4
Final Exams: Thursday-Friday, July 25-29
Last Day of Instruction: Friday, July 26

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

Welcome! As a parent 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 note that the videos below are from our 2018 orientation sessions and the information/details might have changed for the 2019-20 academic year. If videos are updated, the new videos will be uploaded by the end of June 2019.

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 a parent or authorized user login by going to EagleNet under the “Pay My Bill” option. This will allow the authorized user to pay the student’s account balance online using E-check, Visa or MasterCard.

Students

To set up an authorized user:

  1. Log onto your EagleNET account
  2. Select your year
  3. Click on the “Make a Payment” link at the bottom of the page
  4. Click on “Your Account” in the upper left-hand side of the page
  5. Scroll down to “Parent PINs”
  6. Under “Parent PINs” select “Add New.” Note: Your authorized users can access this site from CashNet
  7. Create a Parent or authorized user Pin (any sequence of numbers or letters)
  8. Enter your Parent’s information
  9. Add a note to go with the e-mail to your parent (optional)
  10. Click “OK” when finished
Parent or Authorized User

You will be e-mailed the pin and password along with the link to log in and make payments. Parents or authorized users will have authorization to make a payment, view payment history, and pay the balance on the student account. They 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.

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 in parking lots P-9 and P-12. Note: P-16 is next to P-9 and is NOT for Orientation parking.
  • 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.

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.

Missed your orientation? No worries, we’ve got you covered! These resources will help you find the information you need to succeed at Eastern.

Contact Us


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

Photo: EWU Students celebrating in front of JFK Library