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

All first year student orientation programs have concluded. Please contact the Center for Academic Advising and Retention (CAAR) 509.359.2345 to schedule an academic advising appointment and register for fall quarter classes.

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 – Closed
  • August 16 – Closed
  • August 23 – Closed

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.

All first year student orientation programs have concluded. Please contact the Center for Academic Advising and Retention (CAAR) 509.359.2345 to schedule an academic advising appointment and register for fall quarter classes.

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. Closed

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 – TEO has reached capacity and orientation registration is now closed; please contact the Center for Academic Advising and Retention (CAAR) at 509.359.2345 to schedule an academic advising appointment and register for fall quarter classes.

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.

Transfer Student Resources

TEO Parking will be in P-12b, right above Roos Football Field. Please check our campus map for the location.


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

Students:

  1. Please download our Welcome Week Guidebook app to view our Sept. 20-29 schedule of events and details.
  2. Once you download the app and guide, make sure you “Sign up with email” to the guide using your Eagles student email.
  3. Check in to Welcome Week using the check-in form to participate in our events. You only need to do this once.

Download our quick glance schedule. We encourage you to download our Welcome Week Guidebook app for all the details and the latest updates.

Parents/Guests below are our parent/guest Welcome Week events:

Friday, Sept., 20

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Residential Halls Open (for move in), Please review the Move-In Guide for details.
  • 1-3 p.m., Open House for Student Veterans, Military and Family members,  122 Showalter Hall
    Are you a veteran, military or family member using GI Benefits? Come and meet our Veterans Resource Center staff and university professionals and get any questions you may have answered.
  • 1-4 p.m., Education Abroad and Global Engagement Open House, 103 Hargreaves Hall
    The School of Global Learning would like to invite all new and continuing students and their families to an open house. Enjoy beverages and treats while you learn how you can study abroad! Looking for ways to get involved on-campus? Meet the Global Outreach and Engagement team and discover ways to connect with international and English-language students here at EWU!
  • 4:30-7:30 p.m., Move-in Mall Meal and Parent Bon Voyage, Arévalo Student Mall
    Move-in Meal for all of our campus community and an opportunity to wish parents and guests a Bon Voyage.

PLEASE NOTE: Schedule/Events are subject to change without notice. Please check our webpage and our guide often for updates.

GO EAGS!

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. 12-13, 2019

Important Dates

Fall Quarter 2019
Instruction Begins: Wednesday, September 25
Veterans Day Holiday: Monday, November 11
Thanksgiving Holiday: Wednesday-Thursday, November 27-28
Native American Heritage Day: Friday, November 29
Last Day of Instruction: Friday, December 6
Final Exams: Monday-Thursday, December 9-12
Winter Break: December 16- January 3

Fall Semester 2019:
Instruction Begins: Monday, August 19
Veterans Day Holiday: Monday, November 11
Thanksgiving Holiday: Monday- Thursday, November 25-28
Native American Heritage Day: Friday, November 29
Last Day of Instruction: Friday, December 6, 2019
Final Exams: Monday- Friday, December 9-13
Winter Break: December 16- January 10

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 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.

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

EWU Students celebrating in front of JFK Library