College of Professional Studies Orientation

Welcome to the College of Professional Studies Online Orientation!

Dr. Lorie Cook-Benjamin, Dean of CPS On behalf of all employees at the College of Professional Studies (CPS), welcome to Doane University. We're honored that you've chosen CPS for your educational pursuits. Whether you are completing classes at our Grand Island, Lincoln, or Omaha locations, ground or online, you'll find that YOU always come first. Our flexible course offerings, varied programs, and support from dedicated faculty and staff will help you find the right path to success. Welcome to Doane University! Dr. Lorie Cook-Benjamin Dean of the College of Professional Studies

Start Here

  This orientation will focus on 6 main areas: technology, student schedule and calendar information, preparing for class, registration information, payment plan options, and student support services. Once you have completed this orientation you will be prepared and know your responsibilities as a student at Doane University! The orientation typically takes students 30 minutes to complete. We strongly encourage you to complete each section to give you the tools you’ll need to be successful at Doane University. Some areas will cover basic information including tutorials while others will guide you through the completion of things like setting up your Doane email account or applying for financial aid. Save or print the orientation checklist to ensure you have completed all required sections for new students: Orientation Checklist

Technology Information

This section is intended to familiarize you with the technology use at Doane University. You will need to complete the New User Setup and Activate your Doane Gmail account in this section if you have not already done so.


Doane User ID: Your key to most university resources is your User ID. It consists of two parts: your username and a password. Your username should be formatted as firstname.lastname (e.g. thomas.doane). If you have questions about your username, please contact your Enrollment Specialist or Advisor for assistance. Passwords will be established through an authentication process. If you have not completed this process, you should visit this page to access the New User Setup Tool: Doane ReAct Password Management Tool  Your Doane username and password will be required to access the following student resources:
  • Doane Gmail - Doane University uses Gmail for student email. Students are required to submit all work through Blackboard or Gmail to ensure proper verification of their identity.
  • Blackboard - Online courses will be delivered through the Blackboard System. 
  • Webadvisor - System used for payment and billing, schedules, grades, transcripts, etc.
  • Doane Library Database - Online library for student research and citation assistance.
  • Computer Lab Access - Doane students are welcome to use on-site technology including computers and printers at our Grand Island, Lincoln, and Omaha campuses.
  • Manage your Account - changing or resetting your password will automatically update all accounts that require your Doane credentials.
For security reasons, you should change your password regularly. If you've forgotten your password or would like to change it, you can reset it here: Doane ReAct Password Management Tool .

Gmail - Activation and Use

Your account must be activated with Doane ReAct Password Management Tool  before you are allowed to access your Doane Gmail account. Your Doane Gmail is your main source for contact with faculty and staff. You will also receive important updates through your Doane email like our student newsletter, weather related closures, events, and more! Make sure to check this email frequently so you don't miss any important details!


In order to access your Student Webadvisor, you will need to log in at using your Doane username and password. Your financial information will be accessible here, including bill viewing and payment and financial aid information. Webadvisor also houses academic information, including course registration, course schedule, dropping and adding courses, and viewing a student's academic profile. This is also where you will view grades, find transcript evaluations, and order your official transcripts. Feel free to log into your account and take a look around to become more familiar.


Doane utilizes Blackboard for all online coursework. Blackboard is a virtual learning environment and course management system that allows faculty to add resources for students to access online. We've created a collection of Blackboard tutorial videos to introduce online students to the ins and outs of Blackboard success at Doane University: Blackboard Tutorial Playlist

Tiger Tech / Technology Assistance

For technical assistance, please contact Tiger Tech:

Schedule Information

This section is intended to help you identify important dates and find your academic calendar and course schedules.

Academic Calendar

Mark your Academic Calendar with the following important dates:
  • Schedule release dates
  • Registration
  • First day of term/payment deadline
  • Census day - the last day to drop or add each term without financial or grade implications
  • Grade Release - grades will be published on Web Advisor.

Course Schedules

The College of Professional Studies offers five terms each year. Courses are offered in a convenient eight-week format. You will find your course schedules here: College of Professional Studies Schedules

Preparing for Class

This section is intended to help you locate resources and prepare you for courses at Doane.

Syllabi information

After registering for classes, locate your course syllabi on the Doane website at the following link: Course Syllabi Page. Read through the syllabi to learn about the layout of the course, books and supplies needed, and any pre-assignments.

Bookstore Information

The Doane University bookstore is where you will find all of your textbooks, gear and supplies! You are able to buy or rent, used and new textbooks by using your preferred method of payment or simply billing it to your student account or you can use the provided ISBN number to search the text through alternate vendors.

Visit the Bookstore

Classroom Assignments

Classroom assignments for on-ground courses will be posted each term for your specific campus.
  • Grand Island - Classroom assignments are displayed on an LCD screen in the College Park Building adjacent of the Doane staff offices.
  • Lincoln - Classroom assignments are posted on a bulletin board located on the south wall of the main elevator in the Fred D. Brown Center.
  • Omaha - Classroom assignments are posted and displayed in the entryway of the Doane Omaha campus.

Registration Information

This section is intended to help you understand how to register for courses.

Students register for classes and track their academic progress through Student Academic Planning. The Office of the Registrar offers information and tutorials on how to work your way through this system successfully. Your academic advisor will walk you through your first time using Student Planning during your initial registration appointment.

Arrange Payment

This section is intended to help you understand your payment options and to initiate or finalize your plan.

Payment Options

Students are responsible to make full payment or payment arrangements through financial aid, veterans benefits, tuition reimbursement, or convenient monthly installments by the first day of each term. To view your options, open the following document, Payment Options, then follow the instructions below to set up arrangements for the method of your choice.

Business Office

If you are paying for tuition through the self-pay option, please follow the instructions provided in the tutorials below to complete you payment plan agreement.
Contact information for the Business Office:
The business office can be reached at (402) 826-8250 or by email at

Financial Aid

To utilize Federal Financial Aid, you can contact the Financial Aid office directly and they will walk you through the process step by step!
Tips for receiving Financial Aid:
  1. Create your FSA ID Username and Password:
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
    1. Please use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your Federal Tax Information.
    2. Enter the Doane University school code (Federal School Code 002544)
  3. Master Promissory Note (subsidized/unsubsidized):
  4. Complete the Doane Financial Aid Questionnaire:
  5. You must be formally admitted before any Financial Aid can be awarded.
Contact Information for the Financial Aid Office:
The financial aid office can be reached at (402) 466-4774 or by email at

Veterans benefits

To utilize your veterans benefits at Doane University, please follow the instructions on our Veteran and Military Getting Started at Doane Page.
Contact Information for the Veteran and Military Support Services:
Director of Veteran and Military Student Services - (402) 466-4774 or

Support Services

This section is intended to help you understand how to access your Support Services through Doane University.


You’ll have your very own Academic Advisor to guide you from your first term to graduation. They’ll be there for you throughout your whole Doane career: getting to know you and your goals, answering your questions, helping you make decisions and how it all fits in your life.

Academic Support Center

As a Doane student, you have access to our Academic Support Center. The Academic Support Center offers a variety of services including one-on-one tutoring, proofreading of papers, workshops, and time management skills. All of these wonderful services are free!
  • Tutoring - Individual tutors and a tutor help desk are available to undergraduate students. Email to set up an appointment. The tutor help desk is Mon – Thurs in Room 204 of the Fred D. Brown Center. Video meetings through Zoom are available to Grand Island, Omaha, and Online students.
  • Workshops – Two workshops will be offered each term. The first workshop will be APA. The second topic will vary each term according to interest and need. Watch for emails advertising the workshops.
  • Students whose first language is NOT English – If you are a student whose first language is not English, the ASC Director will work with you one-on-one to offer reading and writing support.
  • Proofreading - To have a paper reviewed by the Academic Support Center, please submit through Blackboard or email a Word document to
Contact Information for the Academic Support Center:
Tere Francis, Director Academic Support Center - (402) 467-9029 or by email Chris Brady, Assistant Director Academic Support Center - (402) 467-9031 or by email
Tutor Help Desk:
Students seeking disability services should visit the following page for more information: Disability Services

Career Services

The Career Development office serves students and alumni from the Grand Island, Lincoln, and Omaha campuses as well as the online programs. Supports for students and alumni include identifying career paths, increasing networking skills, creating strategic career development plans to guide job searches, designing resumes, and preparing for interviews. The list of services includes:
  • Career assessment
  • Job exploration
  • Employer research
  • Locating job opportunities
  • Resume development
  • Cover letters, thank you letters
  • Interview preparation, mock interviews
  • Negotiating pay and benefits
  • Networking assistance
  • LinkedIn profiles
  • Special events on campus
  • Develop strategy for promotion
  • Strategic career development plans
  • Online job board - JobZone
  • The Career Development office also assists employers with their recruitment needs.
Contact information for Career Services Director: The fastest way to connect with Susan Rocker is via email:, or by phone at (402) 466-4774.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office located in Lincoln serves students from the Grand Island, Lincoln, and Omaha campuses as well as the online programs. Services provided by the Financial Aid Office include:
  • One-on-one assistance applying for Federal Financial Aid - we will assist you with all aspects of Financial Aid.
  • Identification and communication of required forms and responsibilities.
  • Financial Aid Counseling - we will help you make wise financial decisions.
  • Financial Aid Literacy - we will help you understand how it all works.
Contact Information for the Financial Aid Office: The financial aid office can be reached at (402) 466-4774 or by email at

Veteran Affairs

The Veteran and Military Support Services office serves students from the Crete, Grand Island, Lincoln, and Omaha campuses as well as the online programs. Services provided by the Veteran and Military Support Services Office include:
  • Assistance in utilizing and understanding your benefits
  • Information on the various VA Educational Programs
  • Access to VA Health Care System via V.I.T.A.L. (e.g., medical appointments, disability rating assistance, counseling, and other VA services)
  • Assistance in requesting joint services transcripts (JST)
  • Referrals to other internal support services (e.g.,requesting reasonable accommodation, academic advising, and financial aid counseling, etc.
Contact Information for the Veteran and Military Support Services: Director of Veteran and Military Student Services can be reached at (402) 466-4774 or by email at

Business Office

The Business Office serves students from the Crete, Grand Island, Lincoln, and Omaha campuses as well as the online programs. Services provided by the Business Office include:
  • Assist with Online Billing and Payment
  • Help students to establish payment arrangements
  • Provide guidance and help students choose the best payment plan option to fit their needs
  • Assist students in setting up payment plan of choice including monthly installments, employee deferral, payment in full, etc.
  • Provide information regarding payment method options (echeck, debit, credit)
  • Explain and provide information about student accounts and statements
Contact information for the Business Office: The business office can be reached at (402) 826-8250 or by email at


Need to find sources for a paper or presentation? Visit our Online Library 24/7, 365 days a year! Top 10 Things to Know about the LibraryContact Information for the Library: The library can be reached at (402) 826-8287 or

Wrapping Up

Student Resources

Be sure to bookmark the following links for easy access to everything you'll need to be successful at Doane University. Explore your resources and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!