This webpage will be a key resource as newly-admitted students prepare for the academic year. CIM's incoming student Facebook group will be a great place to network with other new students, learn about additional resources, ask current students questions about classes, the CIM community, and more. For graduate students searching for additional housing information and resources, please review our housing page

Pre-arrival checklist

Here’s a month-by-month guide of what needs to be completed before you start your classes this fall! Have questions? Get in touch:

Business: businessoffice@cim.edu 
Financial Aid: financialaid@cim.edu 
Registrar: registrar@cim.edu  
Residence Life: cicely.schonberg@cim.edu
Student Affairs: david.gilson@cim.edu

May To-Dos

Complete by May 15

International Students:

Complete by May 31

All Students:

  • Read the FERPA Policy located on NetPartner
  • Complete the Student & Family Summer Contact Form. If you are traveling or otherwise away when summer to-do items are due, you are still responsible for completing them in a timely manner. Contact the relevant office(s) before you leave if you anticipate needing an extension. 

Students Living in Cutter House: 

Students with Financial Aid: 

Access the following items in your NetPartner account. 

  • Accept or decline any pending aid, if applicable. 
  • Complete supplemental documents such as Loan Agreement (MPN), Loan Entrance Counseling, FAFSA Verification, etc. 
  • Apply for a PLUS Loan by navigating to “Direct Loan Info PDF,” if applicable. 
  • Report any outside or private scholarships by filling out the “Outside Scholarship Information Form.” 
June To-Dos

Complete by June 30

All Students: 

  • Request the final official transcript of last education level. Transcripts can be mailed to: Cleveland Institute of Music, Attn: Registrar, 11021 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106. 
  • Submit the Health Insurance Waiver, if applicable. 

International Students: 

  • Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee after receiving the I-20. 
  • Apply for F-1 visa. Use the US Embassy website to obtain information on F-1 visas for your specific country. This will help you prepare for your visa interview. If you are currently in the United States on an F-1 visa, your SEVIS record should be transferred from your current school to CIM. The Transfer-In form should be sent to CLE214F00221000 from your current school. 

Students with Financial Aid: 

  • Submit State Prepaid Tuition Plan Info to CIM, if applicable. 

July To-Dos

Complete by July 5

All Students:

  • Set up your CIM email and Self Service online portal
  • Check your billing address and update if needed. Bills will be sent in early to mid-July and will be due August 12. 

Complete by July 31

All Students:

  • Register for classes. A personalized advising sheet will be sent to you in mid-July. 
  • Submit photo for ID card. 
  • Complete required online training programs dealing with topics of alcohol and substance abuse as well as Title IX/sexual assault/harassment. Notifications for these training modules will be sent via email from Dean Gilson. 
  • Send any known educational accommodations and documentation to Dean Gilson at david.gilson@cim.edu. If you believe you will require academic or another accommodation, send documentation to Dean Gilson. 
  • Review Payment Policies Info Sheet on NetPartner
  • Submit Payment Plan form, if applicable. 

Students Living in Cutter House: 

Students with Financial Aid: 

  • Review the Financial Aid Info Guide on NetPartner

August To-Dos

Complete by August 12

All Students:

  • Log into My Health Connect, click on "Forms,” and complete the following: 
    • Privacy Statement 
    • Medical History 
    • Immunization History - You may need to contact your health care provider to obtain your immunization history. Your medical provider may complete the Immunization Worksheet or provide official copies of your immunization records. 
  • Pay your bill in full or begin a payment plan. 

Students Living in Cutter House: 

  • Submit the Health Tracking Form.