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Prepare for class   Log into D2L on-line class portal   Sign up for GoldAlert   Attend Welcome Week events/learn about campus involvement   Talk to professors   Get involved on campus   Print Degree Audit from GoldLink   Register for next academic semester in GoldLink   Finish 15 credit hours   Winter Session available Complete FAFSA for next academic year/ apply for scholarships   Get involved on campus   Change or update major as needed   Meet with your academic advisor   Register for next academic semester in GoldLink   Prepare for final exams   Verify grades, academic status and adjust schedule (if necessary) in GoldLink
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
  Check GoldLink for Financial Aid Requirements that need to be met   Check GoldMail regularly   Attend first day of fall classes   Participate in class   Explore student resources at ETSU   Check your mid-term grades in GoldLink   Meet with your academic advisor   Prepare for final exams   Verify grades, academic status and adjust schedule (if neccessary) in GoldLink         Attend first day of spring classes   If Undeclared Complete Career Assessment with Career Exploration Center   Print Degree Audit from GoldLink   Renew housing contract   Visit University Career Services   Finish 24-30 credits    
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Prepare for Class

Check GoldLink for financial aid requirements that need to be met
You can view all of your student requirements for financial aid in Goldlink  on the “My Financial Aid Info” tab.

Log into GoldLink. http://goldlink.etsu.edu/cp/home/displaylogin

Here is the the GoldLink Guide to Financial Aid. http://www.etsu.edu/finaid/documents/General/goldlinkguide2014_2.pdf

Log into D2L on-line class portal
D2l is the learning management system that instructors may use to post your course materials, quizzes, tests, assignments and discussions. D2L is used by most professors with traditional on campus classes. All ETSU on-line courses are taught through D2L.

More information about D2L and the link to log in. http://www.etsu.edu/d2l/default.aspx

Check Goldmail regularly
Goldmail is ETSU’s student e-mail. Goldmail is the primary method of communication at ETSU. Students should check their e-mail at least once a day.  

Log into Goldmail here:  http://goldmail.etsu.edu

Sign up for GoldAlert
You can register to receive a text messages and e-mails regarding ETSU emergency communications and other important information.  

You can register to receive ETSU emergency communications here: http://www.getrave.com/login/etsu

Go to class- attendance is important
Class attendance is important for academic success. Not only will you learn the course material but many courses and departments have an attendance policy. Not attending class can affect your financial aid, housing, grades etc.

Attend Welcome Week events/learn about campus involvement
Welcome Week is an opportunity for you to make new friends, learn about different organizations, clubs and activities to get involved in at ETSU. Being involved will be fun, open up leadership opportunities, allow you to meet other people and give you the support you need to succeed.  

Find a complete list of all Welcome Week events here: http://www.etsu.edu/welcomeweek

Find more information about getting involved and a list of ETSU student organizations and clubs here: http://www.etsu.edu/students/sorc/aboutus.aspx

Participate in class
Participating in class can enhance your communication and critical thinking skills.  In addition, some courses may include class participation as a percentage of your final grade.

Talk to your professors
Talking to your professors has several benefits. First, it can help clear up questions about lecture material or information that you did not understand in class. Some professors may give you a more detailed preview of what is coming up which could help you focus on what to study. Second, professor references are vital if you plan to continue your education beyond the bachelor level and professors are reluctant to write a reference letter on the basis of nothing but the coursework they’ve seen. Therefore, developing relationships with your professors may have more benefits than you realize.  

Explore student resources at ETSU
There are many staff and resources at ETSU to help aid in your academic success (tutoring, counseling, disability services, etc.)

You can access the ETSU Student Referral Guide here: http://www.etsu.edu/advisement/continuingstudents/default.aspx

You can access a list of resources, names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses at this link: http://www.etsu.edu/etsu/help.aspx

Get involved on campus
Being involved will be fun, open up leadership opportunities, allow you to meet other people and give you the support you need to succeed.  

Click here for more information about getting involved and a list of ETSU student organizations and clubs. http://www.etsu.edu/students/sorc/aboutus.aspx

Check your mid-term grades in GoldLink
Mid-term grades, or Early Semester Progress Reports(ESPR’s), will be reported by instructors to let students know how they are doing in class at that point.

Log into GoldLink and view mid-term grades. http://goldlink.etsu.edu/cp/home/displaylogin

Print Degree Audit
Log-in to Degree Works and print your degree audit to take to your academic advising appointment. Go to Goldlink and click on Degree Works http://goldlink.etsu.edu. Use Chrome, for best viewing results.

Meet with your academic advisor
All students with less than 60 credit hours earned are required to meet with an advisor prior to registration. It is strongly recommended that you meet with your advisor throughout your college career to ensure you are on track to graduation. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the classes you will be taking the next academic semester as well as courses you might want to take during the winter or summer sessions. The relationship you develop with your advisor is important to your success at ETSU. 

Here is a list of Academic Major Advisors and contact information: http://www.etsu.edu/advisement/continuingstudents/AdvisorContactList.aspx

Register for next academic semester and update personal information in GoldLink
Each semester you will register for the next academic semester using GoldLink. It is also important to update your personal information such as address, phone, etc.

Log into GoldLink:  http://goldlink.etsu.edu/cp/home/displaylogin

Taking 15 or more hours per semester will keep you on track to graduate in four years - http://www.etsu.edu/reg/degreeworks/default.aspx

Prepare for final exams
Now is the time to begin studying and preparing for final exams. Your final exams are not always scheduled on the same day and time as your regular class schedule.

You will find a list of final exam dates and times here: http://www.etsu.edu/reg/registration/finalexam.aspx

Finish 12-15 credit hours
In order to graduate in a timely manner, it is suggested that freshmen students complete 12-15 credit hours by the end of their 1st semester. Consistently enrolling in 15 semester hours puts you on the path to graduation in four years.

Taking 15 or more hours per semester will keep you on track to graduate in four years - http://www.etsu.edu/reg/degreeworks/default.aspx

Winter Session available
Limited courses are offered during the Winter Session.  Courses offered are selected by academic departments and are 100% online. These courses are considered part of the spring term. You are limited to one course or a max of 4-credit hours. ETSU Financial Aid recipients may be able to include a winter session course with the spring term award. Course can be found in Goldlink.  Select the spring term, then select the subject(s) you'd like to search, and choose “winter session” as the "Part of Term".

More information about Winter Session is listed here: http://www.etsu.edu/winter/

Find out more about ETSU Financial Aid information: http://www.etsu.edu/finaid/

Log into GoldLink. https://goldlink.etsu.edu/

Verify grades, academic status and adjust class schedule (if necessary) in GoldLink.
Once your final grades have been submitted, we encourage you to verify those grades in GoldLink. You can also check your academic status (good standing, probation, suspension) as well as adjust or change classes that you have registered to take the next academic semester.

Here is the GoldLink login page:  http://goldlink.etsu.edu

Complete FAFSA for next academic year/apply for scholarships
“FAFSA” is the Federal Student Aid Application. Completing your FAFSA is the avenue to obtain federal money for your education including grants, Hope Scholarships, and other forms of funding. The FAFSA must be completed each year in order for you to be eligible for financial aid and scholarships. For ETSU based scholarships, March 1 is the deadline to submit your application each year.

Complete the FAFSA form found here: http://fafsa.ed.gov/

Get more information about ETSU Scholarships by visiting the scholarships site: http://www.etsu.edu/scholarships

Go to class- attendance is important
Class attendance is important for successful achievement. Not only will you learn the course material but many courses and departments have strict attendance policies. Not attending class can negatively impact your financial aid, housing, grades etc.

Get involved on campus
Being involved will be fun, open up leadership opportunities, allow you to meet other people and give you the support you need to succeed.  

Find more information about getting involved and list of ETSU student organizations and clubs at the ETSU SORC site: http://www.etsu.edu/students/sorc/aboutus.aspx

If you have not declared a major complete the Career Assessment process at the Career Exploration Center
To initiate and complete the Career Assessment process, students who have not declared a major should visit the Career Exploration Center. Graduate Assistants from the ETSU Counseling Center will help you identify your occupational interests, abilities, and personal values. They use a self-assessment system named Sigi3 (pronounced “siggy 3”) as a primary career guidance. Sigi3 measures interests, values, abilities, and personality. It is available on-site or on-line.

Click here for more information about the Career Exploration Center and Sigi3: http://www.etsu.edu/students/counseling/cec.aspx.

Undeclared majors are encouraged to meet with their advisor in the University Advisement Center in addition to using the Career Exploration Center.

Change or update major as needed
To officially change your major, see the academic advisor of your new major and a “Change of Major Form” must be completed and returned to room 101 in Burgin Dossett Hall or you may send an e-mail to the academic advisor of your new major and the advisor can complete this process online through Goldlink.

The Undergraduate Change of Major form is online here: http://www.etsu.edu/reg/documents/PDF/UndergradMajorChange.pdf

Here is a list of Undergraduate Academic Advisors: http://www.etsu.edu/advisement/continuingstudents/Advisor%20List%202013.pdf

Print Degree Audit
Log-in to Degree Works and print your degree audit to take to your academic advising appointment. Go to Goldlink and click on Degree Works http://goldlink.etsu.edu. Use Chrome, for best viewing results.

Meet with your academic advisor
All students with less than 60 credits earned are required to meet with an advisor prior to registration. But it is strongly recommended that you meet with your advisor throughout your college career to ensure you are on track to graduation. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the classes you will be taking the next academic semester as well as the courses you might want to take during the winter or summer sessions. The relationship you develop with your advisor is important to your success at ETSU. 

Find a list of Academic Major Advisors and their contact information at this link: http://www.etsu.edu/advisement/continuingstudents/AdvisorContactList.aspx

Renew Housing Contract
Students living on campus, who wish to live on campus the following year, must renew their housing contract. 

Here is more information on renewing your housing contract: http://www.etsu.edu/students/housing/returningstudent.aspx

Register for next academic semester and update personal information in GoldLink
Each semester you will register for the next academic semester using GoldLink. It is also important to update your personal information such as address, phone, etc.  

Log into GoldLink: http://goldlink.etsu.edu/cp/home/displaylogin

Taking 15 or more hours per semester will keep you on track to graduate in four years - http://www.etsu.edu/reg/degreeworks/default.aspx

Visit University Career Services
There are numerous career information resources available on the web. In fact, there are so many sources of information that you may find it helpful to visit University Career Services for recommendations related to your personal interests and current needs. ETSU students and alumni can schedule an appointment with a full time staff member by calling 423-439-4450.

Visit the University Career Services website for more information: http://www.etsu.edu/students/careers/default.aspx

Prepare for final exams
Now is the time to begin studying and preparing for final exams. Your final exams are not always scheduled on the same day and time as your regular class schedule.

Here is a list of final exam dates and times: http://www.etsu.edu/reg/registration/finalexam.aspx

Finish 24-30 credit hours
In order to graduate in a timely manner, it is suggested that freshmen students complete 24-30 credit hours by the end of their 2nd semester.

Taking 15 or more hours per semester will keep you on track to graduate in four years - http://www.etsu.edu/reg/degreeworks/default.aspx

Verify grades, academic status and adjust class schedule (if necessary) in GoldLink.
Once your final grades have been submitted, we encourage you to verify those grades in GoldLink. You can also check your academic status (good standing, probation, suspension) as well as adjust or change classes that you have registered to take the next academic semester.

Click here to log into GoldLink.  http://goldlink.etsu.edu/cp/home/displaylogin