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CAST Overview

Now that you’re registered for CAST, here’s what you can expect.

The Modules

Five days before your scheduled session, you’ll receive an email at your email address directing you to the online modules in the Gibson portal. (You’ve used the Green Wave Portal through the admission process, but now that you’re a student, everything happens in Gibson.) There are several online modules that are part of New Student Orientation, but right now you just need to do the CAST modules. Once the CAST modules are complete, you’re ready for CAST!

The Live Virtual CAST Event

The live virtual event begins with a welcome from Provost Robin Forman and you’ll meet our six amazing CAST Fellows who will lead you through the program. From there you’ll break into smaller groups and learn how to make the most of the academic resources offered through Newcomb-Tulane College. Strategies for academic success and capitalizing on service opportunities are also part of the program. 

Faculty are here for you at CAST! You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and get advice from faculty members from a variety of disciplines. They’ll offer the faculty perspective on academic success as well as advice on how best to transition from high school to college. Learn about office hours, why they’re important, and how to use them. This session focuses on college in general, so save your major-specific questions. We’re happy to connect you with discipline-specific faculty after CAST.

One of the best parts of the program is the Q&A with CAST Fellows – ask them anything! The Fellows have been there and done that when it comes to Tulane and they’re happy to answer all your questions. Want to know the best study spot? Favorite class? Or best place for a shrimp po-boy? The Fellows have you covered.

At the end of the virtual event, everyone comes back together for an overview of the advising and registration process with the registrar. She’ll let you know what to expect from your advising and registration appointment and answer any questions you may have.

Advising and Registration

Now that you’ve completed the modules and attended Virtual CAST, you’re ready for your advising and registration appointment! Within 24 hours of attending Virtual CAST, we’ll contact you for your availability for an advising appointment, so be certain to check your Tulane email regularly. Advising will schedule you for an hour long, one-on-one Zoom call with an academic advisor and that appointment will take place within seven business days of your Virtual CAST session. 

Your access to registration opens at the start of your advising appointment and will remain open until midnight central time. Before your registration window even opens, you’ll be ahead of the game because we’ve pre-registered you in a few classes that support your academic interests. Love the pre-registered classes? Terrific! Not what you hoped for? No problem, go ahead and change them. Your advisor is here to help!

During your appointment, you’ll complete your fall schedule and you can continue to make changes on your own for the rest of the day if needed. At midnight central time, your registration window closes, but it will reopen again on July 1st and you can adjust your schedule up until the last day to add classes in September.

Important note: students who have already registered for classes through the Honors Weekend program or through their athletic advisor will not get a CAST advising appointment. If you need to meet with your advisor, an appointment can be scheduled once all CAST appointments are complete.

For more details, watch the CAST Webinar!