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Student Success

Bodline to Success

A wealth of opportunities is available to you during your first year of college. To help you make the most of it, see the checklist below and keep track of your progress.


  • Get admitted to WU.
  • Meet with an academic advisor during New Student Orientation for major and/or core curriculum information and for registration.
  • Make sure you sign up for WU 101: The Washburn Experience class!
  • Visit Mabee Library and become acquainted with the staff and services there.
  • Check your MyWashburn e-mail frequently as this is the official way the university communicates with you.
  • Refer to the Academic Calendar and your academic advisor for dates and time limits for dropping or adding classes.
  • Undeclared students begin work toward major discovery.
  • Meet with your advisor concerning any problems or issues.
  • For assistance with academics or study skills concerns, visit the Academic Success Center (ASC) & Writing Center in Mabee Library.
  • Meet with your advisor to set your spring course schedule and register.
  • Begin to identify faculty with similar interests.
  • Meet with your advisor for summer and/or fall registration.
  • Students with a documented disability needing academic accommodations or who are veterans should contact the Student Services Office in Morgan 135.

Career Development

  • Set up a Career Services BodJobs account.
  • Explore interests, abilities, and skills through academic courses.
  • Participate in workshops and seminars hosted by Career Services.
  • Take the FOCUS2 career assessment (via the Career Services website).
  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Services specialist to explore your assessment results, and talk about internships or any other career-related question you may have.
  • Attend the Career Fair.
  • Build rapport with professors.
  • Talk to people in careers of particular interest; inquire about daily activity.
  • Explore part-time and summer work opportunities.

Involvement & Leadership Development

  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Attend Welcome Week activities & Convocation.
  • Attend the Activities-Majors-Study Abroad Fair during the first week of the fall semester.
  • Invite family to attend Family Weekend.
  • Attend at least one campus program or event each month.
  • Participate in varsity, club or intramural sports.
  • Participate in the iRead activities in the fall semester.
  • Participate in at least one multicultural event.
  • Consider running for freshmen seats in the Washburn Student Government Association (WSGA).
  • Check out the Leadership Institute.
  • Check out the Learning in the Community (LinC)-Center for Community Service and Civic Engagement office and programs.
  • Consider an Alternative Spring Break trip (through LinC-Center for Community Service and Civic Engagement).
  • Become a member of a student organization(s). See a list at Student Activities & Greek Life site:
  • Attend a concert, play, or art exhibit on campus.
  • Sign up for iAlert so you will know when campus might be closed for weather or some other emergency.
  • Follow Washburn via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter

Study Abroad

  • Participate in Study Abroad fairs and events.
  • Visit the International Programs office to learn about various programs and scholarships available to study abroad.
  • Talk to your advisor about the inclusion of international education into your program of study.
  • Increase your foreign language skills. Take a class/check out Mango on the Mabee Library site.

Taking Care of Business/Money Management

  • File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible in January to be eligible for financial aid/scholarships. (Do this every year.)
  • Meet with the Financial Aid office to learn more about your eligibility and opportunities for funding.
  • Create a personal budget.
  • Do not succumb to credit card offers just because someone is giving away free stuff. Do your research and get educated.
  • Decide whether you will renew or apply for on-campus housing/meal plan.
  • Make sure you attend to tuition and billing concerns via the iBod system through the Business Office.

Health & Wellness

  • When needed, make an appointment with Student Health Services for care and treatment of illness or minor injuries. Office visits are FREE with minimal charges for lab procedures and medications.
  • Get a flu shot when they become available in the fall semester.
  • Participate in Active Ichabod and other wellness programs offered by the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC). It's FREE; just bring your iCard to get in.
  • When needed, schedule an appointment with the Counseling Services office for assistance in achieving emotional well-being necessary to success.
Mabee Library
Mabee Library

Mabee Library hosts a coffee shop, tutoring services and access to the people and information materials that are central to success in the Information Age.


The iREAD Program encourages a common reading experience and involvement for students across campus.