Welcome to the Adult Degree Completion (ADC) program! As you prepare for your first semester with Western Colorado University, please complete the following checklist.
You must activate your MyWestern account and student email address before you can access Western applications.
- You will need your six-digit student ID to activate your account. You can find your ID in your application portal, your next steps email, or you can contact ADC admissions at email@example.com.
- Visit western.edu/activate. Use “stu######” (stu and your student ID) to create your account.
- Your western.email address will be issued upon activation of your MyWestern account. You will receive an email with instructions on how to set up your email account.
- Consider setting up email forwarding.
You will receive important communications through your western.edu email – it is critical to check it regularly.
Please have all official college transcript(s) sent to Western so a final transfer credit evaluation can be completed. Transcripts can be sent to Western’s Admissions office either electronically or by mail.
- If you have questions about transcripts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Though it is not a requirement to be in the ADC program, we encourage all students to complete the FAFSA (or CAFSA) to see what kind of financial aid may be available. FAFSA/CAFSA is required for Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) funding.
FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid
You can complete the FAFSA here. Western’s school code is 001372.
CASFA – Colorado Application for State Financial Aid
You can complete the CASFA here.
Register for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) at cof.college-assist.org. After you are approved for COF, authorize the stipend to be applied to your account via MyWestern. By authorizing COF, students lower the cost of tuition at Western.
Visit Western’s Financial Aid page for additional resources.
Visit your MyWestern Account to update your gender, pronouns, and/or used name. From the main menu, click on the Personal Information tab. Click on “Update Gender, Pronouns, and/or Used Name” and update accordingly.
Even though ADC students spend most of their time away from Western’s physical campus in Gunnison, there might be an occasion when having your Student ID card in your possession is helpful. For example, when entering a museum, by showing a student ID card, you might receive a discount! Here are the steps to obtain your Mountaineer card, which is free of charge:
- Go to the Current Students page off of western.edu and click on Mountaineer Card Portal.
- Once you log into the Mountaineer Card Portal (using your student ID), click the “Profile” link that’s in the upper banner on that page.
- That will bring up a page for you to upload the photo you would like to use. It’s recommended you use a close-up as you would a driver’s license.
- Once your photo has been uploaded, go back to “Accounts” homepage, and then click “sign off” in the upper right of page.
- Now your photo is in Western’s system. The second step is to notify James that you’ve done this and to provide him your physical address so he knows where to mail the card to.
- Back on the Current Students page at Western.edu, click on the IT Services Request link, which will likely prompt you for your credentials again.
- Within the IT Work Order page, click the link “Get IT help”. Type something like “Mountaineer ID Card request” in the Subject box, and then just provide your full name and physical address in the Additional Information box below the Subject box. Finally, click “Create” at the bottom of that page, and that request will be forwarded to James. You should probably allow 7-10 business days for the card to be delivered.
*Keep in mind, if you are asked to enter your Western student (“STU”) number as part of log-in process, it is normally entered as “stu######” – that is, you need to include “stu” in front of your six-digit ID.
*If you have a problem completing the Mountaineer Card request form, please send an IT work order, Card Office coordinator, or email Eliza or Terry.
Students need to meet with their advisor for class registration. After your official transcript evaluation has been completed, your advisor will be in touch with you to schedule a meeting.
TimelyCare is a free virtual health and well-being platform for Western students. You can access care 24/7, 365 days at no cost. Just download the TimelyCare app on your mobile device or log in at timelycare.com/western using your Western email and password.
Not only do you have access to high-quality mental health professionals who are trained to care for college students, but you also have access to a wide range of self-care content, including a peer community, yoga and meditation videos, healthy recipes, and self-care journeys.
You will receive an initial paper billing statement by mail before any financial aid has been applied to your account.
Adding or dropping classes, authorizing your COF (College Opportunity Fund) and financial aid awards may affect your account balance. Check your current account balance and financial aid awards through your MyWestern account.
Payment is due in full on or before the first day of classes, unless you set up a W-Pay Payment Plan.
For questions on your billing statement, contact the Cashier’s Office at 970.943.3003 or email@example.com.
Are ADC students required to pay a tuition deposit?
No, ADC students do not need to pay a tuition deposit.
Are ADC students eligible for merit scholarships through Western?
Because the Adult Degree Completion program is cash-funded and operates separately from on-campus operations, ADC students are not eligible for any of the undergraduate merit scholarships, including Phi Theta Kappa.
Does the ADC program have any scholarships available to students?
ADC has their own program-based scholarship opportunities. Please ask your ADC advisor about possible scholarship opportunities.
Do ADC students adhere to Western’s Academic Calendar?
For the most part, yes; ADC students have all school breaks off. The ADC course schedule differs, though, from the on-campus schedule. ADC courses are broken up into 8-week units in the fall and spring semesters and 5-week units in the summer semester.
Do ADC students have access to on-campus resources?
YES! You will go over all of Western’s resources available to you as an online student in the introductory course ADC 300 – Degree to Career Success, which most students take in their first semester of the program. There is also a list of available resources in your Canvas shell under ADC Resource Shell.
How do ADC students access textbooks they need for their courses?
Within your first week of class, your instructor will inform you of any textbook or materials you may need for the online course.
When the time comes, can an ADC student participate in Western’s commencement ceremony?
Of course! We would love for you to participate in Western’s commencement ceremony. As the time nears, your advisor will remind you to complete your Graduation Application, where you’ll be able to indicate whether or not you’d like to travel to Gunnison to walk across the graduation stage and receive your diploma. If not, your diploma will be sent to you in the mail upon program completion.
What if I have more questions about the ADC program that aren’t answered here?
Please contact ADC Success Advisor, Eliza Ekstrom Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Director of the ADC program, Dr. Terry Schliesman at email@example.com. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about ADC!
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