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New Student Checklist

Complete our New Student Checklist, which covers the key steps to take when preparing to study with us.

There’s a list of important tasks to complete before you begin your studies.

1 - Prepare to Enrol

When you receive your offer of place to study with us, you need to provide us with some specific information. There are also a few key decisions to be made. 

Here’s how you prepare to enrol: 
  • Accept your offer on MyLinc. You will then receive your LU username, password and email address. They'll come via email so may need to check your junk/spam folders. 
  • Check any conditions of your admission in your offer letter. Sending us these documents as soon as possible will help to move you through the enrolment process more quickly. If we’ve asked you to provide evidence of your identity, read the instructions carefully. 
  • Decide on the courses you’re going to study in your first semester. See your qualification for a course plan.  
  • Ask for course advice if you need help deciding what you want to study. See your qualification for Course Advisor contacts. They’re the experts on courses and are here to help you. 
  • View the course timetable as you make choices. That way, you can avoid clashes and work around your personal schedule.  
  • Know how you are funding your studies. You will be asked about this during enrolment. If you are applying for StudyLink funding, you might not appear to be eligible until you enrol in your courses. Don’t let that stop you from getting your application in as early as possible to prevent hold-ups. 

2 - Complete your enrolment

This is an exciting step because it’s when you confirm which courses you’re going to take. Ideally, you’ll have started this process before or during preparation week to ensure you’re ready for when lectures start. 

How enrolment works: 
  • Log into LUCAS to begin the enrolment process. Look for the Tasks tile to see if there is anything on your To Do List 
  • Monitor your To Do List. It contains important tasks to complete before you can progress your enrolment. After completing each task, you will either be assigned a new task or be able to progress your enrolment by selecting the Enrol tile. 

Note: For most students, enrolment involves a combination of completing To Do List tasks, enrolling in semesters and courses, and checking your emails in case we have asked for some important information from you. 

  • Enrol in courses. When enrolling, first choose the Term (semester) and then choose Add Classes (courses to study within that semester). If the system won’t allow you to progress, it is likely you have items in your To Do List to complete. 
  • Complete enrolment. Once all your tasks are complete, you’ll get an email confirming your enrolment, with information on what comes next. 

For step-by-step instructions on how to enrol, see the LUCAS Enrolment Guide. Contact us if you need more help. 

3 - Access your learning tools

After you’ve completed enrolment, we’ll send an email that explains what you need to do next. This involves getting your Student ID, preparing your timetable, accessing courses online and receiving Lincoln University emails.  

Before you start study: 
  • Collect your student ID card. Your ID Card is also your library membership card. It can be used to print documents on campus, gain access to relevant buildings and get student discounts. Always keep it with you when you're on campus. We'll email you some instructions on how to get your card once you are fully enrolled.  
  • Download Office 365. As a Lincoln student, you get free online file storage and access to Microsoft Office apps like Word, Powerpoint and Excel. See the full range of IT services here. If you’re unsure, visit the IT Helpdesk in the library. 
  • Access your Lincoln Uni emails. The university (including your lecturers) will contact you via your LU email address. It’s a good idea to set it up on your phone or bookmark it in your browser. The email  you receive after completing enrolment will contain your email address. 
  • Connect to campus WiFi. If you’re studying or living on campus, connect your devices to free campus wireless services by connecting to ‘Eduroam’. 
  • Log into Akoraka | Learn using your Lincoln username and password. Bookmark this website, as it’s your online learning space where you access course materials, lecturer contacts and important information like exam guidelines. Courses for semesters one and two are available ten days before the course start date. Summer school courses usually become available a few days before start date. 
  • Establish your timetable. It is good to have your timetable prepared before you start. Use the timetable tool to enter the courses you’ve enrolled in and develop your schedule. Students usually print this out or take a photo.  
  • Complete the Technology Health Check to ensure your device is appropriate for taking part in online learning activities, including assessments.  

4 - Get Connected

Social interaction is one of the best parts of university study. We encourage you to connect with other students through social events, study groups and online channels. There are plenty of ways to stay connected with the wider Lincoln whānau, whether you are studying on campus or online. 

Here's how you connect:
  • Monitor your student emails for all university correspondence including information from your lecturer, LUSA or student rep. 
  • Stay connected with LU on Raftr. It's your online campus community, where you can make new friends and share information. There are groups for ‘New to LU’ and ‘Offshore students’. 
  • Rā Whakawhanaukataka Orientation is a great way to meet like-minded people. There are all kinds of different events, small and large; some compulsory and others just for fun. 
  • LUSA holds a Clubs and Market Day at the beginning of each semester. This is a great way to get a feel for what you might like to get involved in outside of the classroom.

See the clubs directory for the diverse range of student clubs, which include Pasifika, Tramping, Muslim, Postgrad Society, Pottery, Young Farmers and the SPACE rainbow community. 

  • The Lincoln University Gym provides social sports and group exercise classes. They also have squash courts and a climbing wall.  
  • Te Awhioraki is the Māori Students’ Association. They organise social events, wananga and workshops to support Māori identity. You can also hang out and meet other students at Te Whare Whakakotahi 
  • Follow LUSA’s social channels for upcoming events, join a club or contribute to The Ram student magazine. Find out more on the LUSA website.
  • Chaplain services support and connect people from all faiths, backgrounds and denominations, as well as those without a religious affiliation. There’s an on-campus chapel that hosts regular English conversation classes. If you ever need to talk through an issue with someone, you can always come to the chapel. We also have a Musalla on campus.