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Prepare for class

  • Buy or rent textbooks
  • Purchase Attendance clicker (if required)
  • Read course syllabus
  • Know your professors office hours
  • Re-Check your class locations in GoldLink
  • Find classes on campus

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.
Here is the the GoldLink Guide to Financial Aid.

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.

Check eMail regularly

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

Log into eMail here:

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:

Attend first day of fall classes

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:
Find more information about getting involved and a list of ETSU student organizations and clubs here:

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 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:
You can access a list of resources, names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses at this link:

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.

Complete FAFSA for next academic year

“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.

FAFSA opens October 1. Complete the FAFSA form which is located online here: 


Apply for scholarships

Visit the ETSU Scholarships office for more information about Scholarships ETSU has to offer: 

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.

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.

Register for next academic semester 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: 15 or more hours per semester will keep you on track to graduate in four years -

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:


Finish 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 -

Verify grades, academic status and adjust schedule 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:

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:
Find out more about ETSU Financial Aid information:
Log into GoldLink.

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