What to do when you're new!
As a first-year DVM student, you may feel excited as well as overwhelmed by everything you need to do to get started. Use this checklist to help navigate your way.
1. Plan for Orientation
Fall 2015 Orientation Schedule As a new student pursuing your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, your six-day orientation is an invaluable source of both the information and the relationships you will need to get started successfully.
Ram Outdoor Leadership Experience (August 19-20, 2015): ROLE is an interactive orientation designed to aid the development of professional skills in the DVM Program at CSU's Mountain Campus
Passages & Coating Ceremony (August 21, 2015): Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend.
2. Create an eIdentity
You'll need an eID
in order to access journals, lecture notes, your University account, and more.
RamWeb (where you actually register)
(information on electronic billing and payment dates for fall, spring, and summer)
4. Get your Required Books, Equipment, and Supplies!
When choosing an electronic device to access the Colorado State University's on-line Learning Management System, certain types of electronic devices provide a better overall experience. Additionally, as CSU transitions its on-line Learning Management System from RamCT Blackboard to Canvas starting in the Spring 2015 semester, students may want to acquire electronic devices that work well in both the RamCT and Canvas environments. For those who may be unfamiliar with Canvas, it is a cloud-based technology platform that provides a wide range of functions for on-line learning, such as assignments, grading, student-instructor communication, collaborative learning tools and much more. Here are some general guidelines to help you select the appropriate device.
The devices providing the best RamCT or Canvas experience are:
While Canvas does have mobile applications making it easy to view class content on a mobile device, there are inherent mobile limitations. The Canvas mobile applications work best for viewing assignments, course content and grades. Canvas is designed to work best on a traditional notebook or desktop computer. To complete and submit assignments, as well as taking exams and participating in online discussions, a traditional notebook or desktop computer is your best choice.
- A PC or notebook computer running Windows 7 or above
- An Apple Mac running OS X or above
- A tablet running Windows 8.1 or above (not Windows RT)
6. Meet your mentor
7. Review DVM Program Policies
8. Financing Your Veterinary Education
- Tuition Costs
- Financial Aid
- CVMBS Scholarships and Awards
- DVM Emergency Loans
- CVMBS DVM Financial Advisor
9. Sign your news release form
Want to let your home town paper know you've been accepted into the veterinary program at CSU? Fill out this release form
and send to your hometown newspaper!
10. Find your way around campus and the city
: If you commute to class, getting a parking permit can be helpful. Parking is limited, however. Public transportation or biking to class are good alternatives.
: Transfort is Fort Collins' public bus system. The buses run on regular intervals to most places around the city and to campus. As a student at CSU a bus pass is included in your student fees.
Around the Horn
: Around the Horn is a free, new shuttle system designed to help CSU students, faculty, staff, and guests get across campus conveniently and quickly.