Before Coming to WMU for the First Time

  • FAFSA:  Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 1.
  • ETV:  Complete your Educational Training Voucher application.
  • Medicaid:  Ask your caseworker about how your Medicaid coverage will transfer to Kalamazoo County.
  • FERPA: Become familiar with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
  • Housing:  Become familiar with WMU's housing policies.
  • Parking:  Be aware that parking is limited on campus and cars are generally more costly than students first realize. We recommend going without a car on campus for as long as you can to save money and headaches.
  • Questions:  Call your campus coach or peer Seita scholar leader with questions.

Before Each Semester

  • Deadlines:  Review upcoming dates and deadlines from the official academic calendar.
  • Your Account:  Review your student account at goWMU. From this site you will be able to accomplish almost everything a student needs to accomplish.
  • Class Details:  Review the undergraduate catalog for important policies, majors offered, degree requirements, and course descriptions.
  • Meal Plan:  Make sure you have your ideal meal plan.
  • Payment:  Pay for the first semester – fall semester eBills will be issued mid-August with payment due early September. Visit goWMU to access your statement.
  • Health Insurance: For Seita scholars 21 years and older, decide on whether to purchase student health insurance(Enrollment is in the fall only.)
  • Housing:  Review the Guide to Community Living Expectations at WMU
  • Moving Plans:  Plan ahead for the move-in to your residence hall or campus apartment: Visit
  • Campus Coach:  Visit the Seita Scholars Program office (located in Faunce Student Services building) to meet with your campus coach.

Before Classes Start Each Semester

  • Class Schedule:  Verify that you have the correct class schedule: You can find your schedule at goWMU.
  • Resources:  Visit the Center for Academic Success Programs (CASP) for
    • Tutoring
    • Supplemental Instruction
    • Math Lab
    • Science Lab
    • Computer Lab
    • More…
  • Important Dates:  Be aware of these important dates:
    • Advising Day
    • Classes start for fall semester
    • Drop/Add end period
    • Last day to withdraw from courses
    • Thanksgiving recess
    • Final exam schedule
    • When to register for spring semester classes
  • Mark your calendar for residence halls closing date. Complete the semester-break housing form (available at goWMU) if you plan to live on campus for some or all of the semester break.

Mid Semester

  • Break Housing:  Decide whether you will need on-campus housing over break.
    • Complete a break-housing form (available through goWMU in the group Seita Scholars).

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Seita Scholars Program
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5302 USA
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