April’s adjustments for first year students

Many first-year students experience the following during the month of April:

  • Concern over declaring a major
  • Feeling “burned out”
  • Spring fever
  • Concern about finding summer employment

Tip: find time to Facetime or Skype with your student, just to say hi.

Adapted from Helping your First-Year College Student Succeed, Richard Mullendore and Cathie Hatch, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. 

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April Registrar’s Office Spotlight

As the semester continues and final exams approach, here are the upcoming dates to remember…

  • April 4: Second-half semester courses last day to add/drop without receiving a “W,” to add a second-half semester course, or to register for an audit
  • April 7-17: Pre-registration for Summer and Fall Term 2014
  • April 18: Good Friday (no classes)
  • April 21: Second-half semester courses last day to request P/NC
  • April 22 : Graduate Fair 11 a.m.-6 p.m. – HUB
  • April 25: Second-half semester courses last day drop without receiving a “WF”
  • May 13-16: Final Exams – click here for a link to the schedule
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Commencement information for parents of the class of ’14

by Mark Baker, Associate Registrar

Graduation is just around the corner!  Below are some helpful links that will answer some questions you might have and give you a bit of information about Commencement Weekend.

Commencement Quick Facts
Communion and Commissioning Service Invite
Arena Seating Map
Photo Order Form

Additionally, there is a lot of other helpful information on the Commencement webpage (weekend activities, graduation announcements, list of graduating seniors’ names, etc.).

Commencement

Please feel free to ask if you have any other questions.  We are looking forward to celebrating this exciting event with you and your Whitworth student.

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Campus housing lottery is just around the corner

Duvall Hall WhitworthEach returning student wishing to live on campus the following year must participate in the Whitworth Housing Lottery, which takes place each April. This process is designed to give priority to students who have a higher class standing and therefore graduating sooner. To ensure a more diverse community, some spaces in every building are reserved for incoming students—both transfers and new freshmen.

Current students will come to the housing lottery with housing points (one point is awarded for each class level achieved) and a random lottery number. The more points a student has, the sooner he or she gets to pick a room.  The random lottery number is used in case there’s a tie between individuals’ or groups’ housing points.  Roommate pairs combine their housing points for their group and use the group’s lowest lottery number in case of a tie.

If you have further questions please visit  http://www.whitworth.edu/housinglottery or contact the Whitworth University Housing office housing@whitworth.edu.

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Financial Aid Office Spotlight

Greetings from the Office of Financial Aid!

FAFSA Renewal: Now is the time to file the FAFSA for your students who are returning to Whitworth after this academic year.  The priority deadline for these students is May 1st which should give you enough time to complete your taxes first. We highly recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to load your tax information directly into the FAFSA form.  Please keep in mind this option is available approximately 2 weeks after you filed electronically, or up to 12 weeks if you filed by paper. Speaking of taxes…

Tax Benefits of Higher Education: Luckily, there are many tax benefits for higher education.  For information regarding how tax credits, deductions and savings plans can help with the expenses for higher education, please visit the IRS website. We have also provided this link along with other helpful information on Whitworth’s Financial Aid webpage.

Returning Student Financial Aid Awards: Our office is currently working on sending out new freshman financial aid awards and will begin sending out the returning student awards during the end of April/beginning of May.  Please remind your students to check their Whitworth email for our notification that their award is ready to be viewed on their WhitNet account.  They should also be checking Pirate Port frequently for important announcements from our office as well as from other departments.

Thank you for supporting your student – we know they appreciate YOU!

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