Online Student Checklist

Before Classes Start

1. Activate Your Auburn University Access Account (AU Access) and email account. Your AU email is the official method of communication, so check it often.

    • What’s my username?
      • Your first, middle, and last initials followed by a four digit number, found in your admissions offer letter.
    • What if I forgot my username?
    • What other software and IT services are available to students?



2. Contact your Graduate Program Officer (GPO). Make sure you understand the curriculum and sequence, departmental or program policies, requirements for online students, and any department or program orientations required.


3. Make sure to have your final *official* transcripts sent from all previously attended institution(s) directly to the AU Graduate School.


4. If you are in a program that *occasionally* brings you to campus, even once a semester or once a year, then you must complete Medical Information Forms. If you are *NEVER* on campus, please ask your GPO or program contact to contact the AU Medical Clinic on your behalf as a Distance Education student who is not required to complete the medical and immunization requirements. Contact/remind your program or departmental contact to do this each academic year that you are enrolled.


5. Enroll in health insurance, or provide proof of insurance to opt-out of the program if you have equal or greater coverage elsewhere.


6. You might want to consider signing up for AU Alert, if you ever come to campus. It’s a good way to stay aware of emergencies or other outages due to weather that might cause interruption to online services or response times from faculty & staff.


7. Register for classes (once all medical records holds are cleared):

    • Log into AU ACCESS.
    • Go to the MY ACADEMICS tab.
    • Use TIGER SCHEDULER to create a tentative schedule.
    • ADD OR DROP CLASSES (from the My Academics tab) to register for classes.
    • CONFIRM schedule using STUDENT SCHEDULE (from the My Academics page).


NOTE: Register as soon as possible after you consult with your program director about course recommendations. Your e-bill will not be due until after the drop/add period of the semester is over (five days for fall/spring and 3 for summer), so do not hesitate to register early to ensure a spot in a course.


8. Pay tuition/fees:

    • Log into AU ACCESS.
    • Go to the MY FINANCES page.
    • Click on the icon labelled E-bill to access your financial statements for the University and to view/pay billing statements.

See the Student Financial Services (SFS) website for more information about tuition & fees, e-bills, payments, and billing schedules to know when your payments are due, typically after the drop/add period has ended each semester.


9. Become familiar with campus resources (see Campus Resources section under Current Students).


10. Become familiar with Graduate School Matriculation Policies and Procedures.


11. Read the Graduate Student Handbook.

After Classes Start

1. Participate in your departmental orientation (where applicable).

2. Check in with your Graduate Program Officer and/or advisor often.

During Your First Semester

1. Choose an advisor.
You will work closely with your graduate advisor during your time at Auburn. If you are assigned an advisor, contact them through your department immediately. If you are given the opportunity to choose your advisor, begin to consider who you prefer to work with. To learn more about choosing an advisor, take a look at this helpful website.

2. Participate in Professional Development activities.

Last modified: January 8, 2024