Winter Session Student Resources

Wildcat ID

All students use their Wildcat ID to access emails and log into their class in Blackboard Learn. If you aren't a continuing Chico State student and don't know your Student ID number or did not provide your date of birth when registering for a class, try using one of the online retrieval tools provided by IT Support Services (ITSS) or contact the Continuing Education office at 530-898-6105.

Blackboard Learn/Canvas

Learning Management System. Online classes are delivered using Blackboard Learn or Canvas Learning Management System. All students can access course syllabi, textbook information and/or other course materials. Early review of coursework is highly recommended.

Access Your Class Beginning November 28

It is strongly recommended that you make sure your computer can access your class as soon as possible. Beginning Monday, November 28. Sign into the Chico State Portal to access.

Get Familiar with Blackboard Learn/Canvas

Watch On-Demand Videos

Blackboard has developed helpful videos on topics such as submitting assignments online, taking a test online, managing your course and personal tasks, and setting personal preferences in the Blackboard environment.

Canvas and Wildcat Computing Support for Canvas tutorials are available here: Canvas tutorials

Use Your Student Orientation Course

Use your Student Orientation Course to become familiar with the platform used by your instructor.

Make Sure Your Computer is Compatible

For a list of compatible browsers, please visit Blackboard’s Browser page: Blackboard Learn v9.1 Compatible Browsers or check with IT Services Knowledge Base for supported browsers.

Need Additional Help?

IT Support Services has some helpful answers to FAQs that will solve common problems. For additional assistance please contact ITSS at 530/898-4357.

Accessibility Accommodations

If you need special disability accommodations for either an on-campus or online class, please contact the CSU, Chico Accessibility Resource Center.


California State University, Chico considers email to be the essential method for communicating official University business with students. Each student is provided with a campus WildcatMail email account. Review the contents of your WildcatMail account on a frequent and regular basis. Communications from your instructors, as well as official notifications from the university regarding enrollment, fees, holds and financial aid will only be sent to your WildcatMail account.

If you do not want to check your WildcatMail account on a regular basis, you can have your emails forwarded to another email address. Forwarding instructions are available in the ITSS Knowledge Base.

Student Evaluations of Teaching

At the end of your Winter Session class, you will be emailed about completing an online Student Evaluation of Teaching. We encourage you to take a few minutes to provide feedback about your instructor.

Grades & Transcripts

Faculty will submit grades between January 20-31 and they can be viewed in the Student Center in the Portal.

Official transcripts are obtained from the Students Records Office. For more information, or to request a transcript, visit their website.

Get Ready for a Successful Winter Session

Winter Session classes are intense! The workload for your 13-day class is the same as a 15-week class. Here are some tips to help you succeed:

  • Check your WildcatMail account regularly for important updates about your class.
  • Log in to the course as soon as possible to make sure you have access to the class syllabus, class materials, and any important communications from your instructor.
  • Complete any appropriate pre-class preparation. 
  • Contact the professor if you have any questions about the course, assignments, or preparation. Campus Directory
  • Be sure to order your textbooks as soon as possible beginning November 2.
  • Clear your schedule so that you can focus on the course.