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New Student Checklist

Welcome to the WVU Tech Golden Bear family! It's time to get you ready for an exciting adventure you won't forget on the Beckley campus.

Monty the Golden Bear flexing

Your steps to success!

  1. Activate your MIX Account

    As one of the newest members of the WVU Tech family, we created an email account for you via our Mountaineer Information Xpress (MIX) system. To access this system, you’ll need to activate your login.

    Activate my MIX account

    Activating your login will grant access to your MIX account and the WVU Portal, which allows you to register for classes, check your grades, send and receive emails, review and accept financial aid awards and packages, sign up for on-campus housing and pay your tuition and fees*.

    Additional info will be sent to your MIX email address which you can access through the WVU Portal, so please check it regularly. You’ll also need to set up DUO two-factor authentication, which is a required second level of security to log into University systems. Check out the Information Technology Services (ITS) site for instructions.
    Access the WVU Portal ITS Instruction
    * Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.
  2. Complete your Career Assessment

    The Vita Navis Career Assessment can help you identify your interests and strengths - and then tie them to the careers where you'll thrive. (It's also a great report to have when you work with your adviser to get registered for classes).

    Take my career assessment
  3. Work with your advisor and register for classes

    You'll need to sign up for a Golden Bear Registration Day. We'll get you set up with the right classes (so you can start on the right foot). Advising and registration is available by signing up for a Golden Bear Registration Day only.

    Sign up for Golden Bear Registration Day

    International students should contact our International Admissions Counselor for advice on registering for classes.

    Contact Proma Chowdhury
  4. Submit Your Housing Application or Apply for a Housing Exemption

    All new students must apply for housing or apply for a housing exemption . Residential students are required to purchase a meal plan through the Dining Services website after they are registered for classes.

    Apply for on-campus housing Apply for a housing exemption Set up a meal plan
  5. File your FAFSA

    If you are interested in receiving financial aid or scholarships, be sure to file the FAFSA as soon as possible. For reference, the WVU System code is 003827.

    File your FAFSA

  1. Plan on Attending Orientation

    August 19 – 20

    All new students are expected to attend our New Student Orientation. New students will receive an email confirming their attendance and asking about dietary restrictions to ensure we are prepared. Visit the Orientation website to get all of the details, dates, and to learn more about your upcoming Orientation experience. Also, make sure to tell your parents/guardians about our Parent & Family Orientation scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18.

    Visit the WVU Tech orientation website
  2. Review the Student Health Insurance Requirements (and complete the student health insurance waiver, if needed)

    All WVU Tech students who are enrolled in more than 6 credit hours and international students enrolled in one or more credit hours are required to carry health insurance coverage. If you have health insurance, you can submit a student health insurance waiver form. If you do not submit this waiver, you will be charged for the student health insurance plan on your bill. More information is available at the Student Insurance Office page.

    Visit the student health insurance website
  3. Pay Your Bill

    For more information and payment deadlines, see the Office of Student Accounts website.

    Pay my bill
  4. Secure your Parking Permit

    You'll need a permit to park on campus. Get started at the Office of Student Accounts.

    Get my parking permit
  5. Get your Books and Other Supplies from the Bookstore

    Our Barnes and Noble bookstore has everything you need online. Check out the bookstore early to get the books you need.

    Visit the bookstore
  6. Pick Up your Student ID

    Your WVU Tech ID is used for everything from grabbing lunch in the Bears Den dining hall to landing awesome discounts at local businesses and restaurants.

    Get my ID
  7. Review the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law which states: (a) that a written institutional policy must be established; and (b) that a statement of adopted procedures covering the privacy rights of students be made available. The law provides that the institution will maintain the confidentiality of student education records.

    Learn more about FERPA
  8. Sign up for LiveSafe

    Download the free LiveSafe app. It's loaded with safety features unique to our campus, including ways to anonymously report issues, connect with campus police and let friends and family digitally "walk" alongside you when you're out and about.

    Get the LiveSafe App
  9. Move In to the Residence Halls

    Living on campus? Get ready for your move-in and life on campus!

    Get move-in information

Here is more information about other services to support you as you prepare for your first semester. Make sure you reach out to engage with these services as needed.

  • Accessibility Services

    We have a variety of free services to support Golden Bears. For accessibility accommodations or needs. Connect with Accessibility Services

  • Student Health & Wellness Clinic

    WVU Tech’s Student Health Clinic is open to all students for walk-in and by-appointment visits. From allergy shots and immunizations to doctor referrals, sports physicals and checkups, the clinic offers a full suite of essential medical services to keep students healthy and productive. Clinic visits are free of charge and there is typically no co-pay or deductible required. Students with chronic health issues should schedule an initial visit so the clinic may establish a treatment plan for emergency situations.

    Explore student health at WVU tech
  • Counseling Services

    Whether you’re full or part-time, resident or commuter, we offer counseling services and programs designed to help you navigate life as a student. WVU Tech Counseling Services provides a comfortable and inclusive environment where you can receive confidential support and valuable information on issues facing students from all walks of life. Our counseling services are free of charge for all WVU Tech students.

    Explore mental health at WVU tech
  • TRIO Student Support Services

    If you are the first in your family to go to college (first-generation), receive the Pell or are registered with the WVU Office of Accessibility Services, you should connect with TRIO Student Support Services to see what supports are available to eligible participants. The program provides scholarship opportunities, professional math tutoring, peer tutoring, free printing, leadership development and cultural experiences for eligible participants.

    Take me to TRIO SSS
  • Student Success Center

    In addition to the advising support you have received and will continue to receive in your early years at WVU Tech, the Student Success Center also provides free tutoring and other support programming.

    Check out the Student Success Center
  • Dining Services for Commuter Students

    Commuter student dining plans are offered and an excellent option for eating in one of our two dining locations. Review the plans and purchase one through the dining services website.

    Purchase a meal plan

International students have a few more steps to complete, but we're here to help you get started on your Golden Bear Journey! Be sure to complete the necessary tasks in Steps #1 and #2 as well! If you have questions, please contact us! We're here to help.


  1. Pay your Sevis fee

    Once you pay your fee, be sure to have your receipt, acceptance letter and Form I-20 when you go to your visa appointment. Mountaineer Information Xpress (MIX) system. To access this system, you’ll need to activate your login.

    Pay your Sevis fee
  2. Submit your photo

    Let's get your student ID ready! Be sure to send us a photo so we can have your ID on hand by the time your arrive.

    Submit your photo online
  3. Prepare for International Student Orientation

    We want to prepare you for success when you join us at WVU Tech. Plan on attending bothour regular student orientation and our international student orientation which covers areas specific to our international student population.

    International student orientation Visit the WVU Tech orientation website
  4. Check in with your Designated School Official

    Contact your Designated School Official (DSO) within 10 days of your arrival to campus to go through Sevis Registration process for the semester.

    Reach out to your DSO