Newly Admitted Students


Now that you’ve been admitted to Eastern, now what? Complete these newly admitted steps to finish your admissions process.


Find the Term Deadline

What to Do:

  1. Decide which term you would like to start. The following steps must be complete by the term deadline in order to be advised.
Desired Start TermMust Complete By
Winter 2024December 8, 2023

Set Your NetID Password (please wait 2-3 days after you receive your decision letter)

What You Need:

  • Your eight-digit verification code (EWU ID number), which is found at the top of your acceptance letter and in a series of emails you received to your personal email address during your application process.
  • Your username/NetID, which is also on your acceptance letter to Running Start
  • Your personal information, including the name used on your admissions application and your date of birth.

What to Do:

  1. Visit Account Login.
  2. Choose “Activate Account.”
  3. Enter your first and last name, EWU ID and date of birth into the form.
  4. Submit the form.
  5. Wait for confirmation from IT that your NetID is set up.

What to Know:

  • Your NetID is used for most of the online services at EWU including registering for courses, checking your grades, paying your tuition and many of the following steps.
  • When you’re done with this step, make sure you remember your NetID and password!

STOP. You must complete Step 2 to continue.


Log Into Your EWU Email

What You Need:

  • Your NetID and password you created in Step 2.

What to Do:

  1. Visit IT’s Email page.
  2. After setting up your account, you will receive a temporary password. You must log in to create a permanent one.
  3. Log in to your email.

What to Know:

  • Get in the habit of regularly checking your EWU email, at least once a day. Important communication from Running Start, instructors and the university will be sent only to your EWU email.
  • Your email username is the entire email address, for example:
  • All official university communication is sent to your EWU email address.

Complete English & Math Surveys


All students must complete the English Placement Survey to be able to take composition based English courses at EWU.

What You Need:

  • Your EWU ID, which is on your acceptance letter.

What to Do:

  1. Go to the English placement survey.
  2. Complete the survey and submit.
  3. Receive your best recommended English Composition course.

What to Know:

  • This is not an exam! The survey will ask about your past high school English experience. You only need to meet one of the listed options to mark “yes” on the survey.
  • Be honest on this survey. You will be more successful if you are.
  • Your Running Start advisor will use this information to determine eligibility for English Composition courses.


This placement survey is optional. Complete the math placement survey if:

  • You’ve completed a full year (two semesters) of Algebra I & II at your high school. You must have final grades in both Algebra I and Algebra II.
  • You still need math to graduate high school and want to take it at EWU.
  • You are interested in a degree/career that includes math, for example: STEM, education, business, social sciences or some liberal arts degrees.

What you Need:

  • Your NetID and password you created in Step 2.
  • Your EWU ID, which is on your acceptance letter.
  • Access to a current high school transcript (recommended, but not required).

What to Do:

  1. Go to the math placement survey.
  2. Choose “I’m Ready to Begin!”
  3. Complete the survey and submit.

What to Know:

  • This is not an exam! Like the English survey, this survey will ask about your past high school math experience.
  • Be honest on this survey. You will be more successful if you are.
  • You will be sent a placement score to your EWU email. Make sure you check your spam folder.
  • Your Running Start advisor will use this information to determine eligibility for math courses.


Please contact Running Start at


Complete Running Start Canvas Orientation


What to Know:

  • Canvas is where you will find all of your course content and class information.
  • When the Running Start Orientation Canvas course is ready to access, you will be invited to join once you have activated your EWU account and signed in to your EWU email.
  • Once you’ve been invited to the orientation, visit, click “Canvas” in the upper left-hand corner of the page (under “Top Picks” on mobile), then select “Running Start Online Orientation,” accept the course, and complete it.

What to Do:

  • Complete the Running Start Canvas Orientation within 10 days of being invited to the Canvas course.



Complete the Advising & Enrollment Steps

Now that you’ve completed the newly admitted steps, keep checking your EWU email as your advisor will invite you to make an appointment. To prepare for your appointment, please complete the advising and enrollment steps.

What to Do:

  1. Once your admitted steps are complete, check your EWU email for an invitation to make an advising appointment for Fall classes.


Common Terms

  • EVF: Enrollment Verification Form
  • FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (See below for more information)
  • BACR: Breadth Area Core Requirements
  • CRN: Course Registration Number
  • Undergraduate: a student at a college or university who has not yet earned a bachelor’s degree
  • Degree Works: degree audit tool
  • Asynchronous Course: a class offered online that is not happening at a specific time during the day
  • Synchronous Course: a class offered at a specific time during the day

What is FERPA and What Do I Need To Know?

Since Running Start students are treated the same as the general population, FERPA applies to Running Start students equally, meaning that unless documentation is provided, we are legally prohibited from sharing your FERPA protected information with others.

Disclosure of information from confidential educational records is limited to the eligible student or to others: 

  1. To whom the eligible student releases the records.
  2. Who have a legitimate educational interest.
  3. Who are entitled or permitted to know the content of the records by virtue of one or more FERPA exceptions.

Parents are encouraged to ask their students directly about academic information. If parents call our office, we are not allowed to disclose FERPA protected information.

  • Grades
  • Test Scores
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Financial Records
  • Disciplinary Records
  • Class Schedule
  • Any identifying data other than Directory Information

  • Law Enforcement Records
  • Employment Records
  • Medical Records
  • Post-Attendance Records

  • Name(s) and other contact information
  • Field of study
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees and awards
  • Most recent previous public or private school attended by the student
  • Any other information authorized in writing by the student

If you would like your parent or guardian to be able to access your FERPA protected information, you need to fill out this form: Access can be revoked upon request.

No, students still need to make their own advising appointments. We encourage students to maintain independence in their Running Start experience as that will better ensure college readiness and success.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (a.k.a. FERPA or the Buckley Amendment) is federal legislation enacted in 1974 that sets forth requirements regarding the privacy of student records. It requires institutions accepting federal monies to protect the privacy of student information. FERPA applies to all current and former students of Northwest. An institution’s failure to comply with FERPA may result in the Department of Education’s withdrawal of federal funds.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Check the spelling of both your NetID (ex:jsmith2) and your password
  • Reset your password if necessary
  • Contact the Information Technology Help Desk:

IT Help Desk

If this step is interfering with your ability to complete the Newly Admitted Steps by the deadline, please email

An EagleCard is the EWU Student ID Card and it can be ordered through EagleCard Services in 120 Tawanka Hall.

  • Running Start Advisor: The Running Start advisor assigned to your school will help you with any registration issues, high school and college credits questions, general EWU campus questions, math and English placement surveys, adding and dropping classes, helping you get educational aid and book loan questions.
  • Running Start Front Desk: Reach out to our front desk at to turn in your EVF or general questions about Running Start, registration, application issues, technology or campus.
  • IT Help Desk: Please contact the IT Help Desk if your SSO information is lost or forgotten, EagleNet is down or if you’re having Canvas issues.
  • High School Counselor: Your high school counselor can help you with high school credit information, issues with high school classes, EVF discussion, approved credit amounts and graduation issues.