Panther Advising Workshops (PAW)

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Welcome to CT State Norwalk!

As a first-time college student, we know that you are excited to pick out your major, select your first semester courses, and learn more about the opportunities that CT State Norwalk has to offer. Our First-Year Advising team is here to help you get started.

Students entering college for the first-time are required to attend a Panther Advising Workshop (PAW) prior to registering for their first semester at CT State Norwalk. The workshop will include:

  • a one-on-one or group meeting with an academic advisor
  • Important information about being a student at CT State Norwalk
  • Registration for your first semester courses
  • Instructions on how to use myCTState and your NetID


PACT is Connecticut’s FREE college program.

Are you a first-time student?

First-time college students are new students who have never taken classes at any other college or university. If you have taken ECE (early college experience) classes in high school, you are still considered a first-time student.

Students who are not first-time college students should visit Norwalk Campus Advising – CT State and follow the steps to schedule an appointment. You are not a first-time college student if you have attended another college or received college credit from another institution.

First-time college students may follow the steps below to sign-up for their PAW session.

If English is not your first language or if you did not graduate from a U.S. high school with all four years of mainstream English (not ESL) classes, you will need to meet with the ESL department to determine your placement level and register for classes. ESL Sessions are designed specifically for English as a Second Language students. Please click HERE to schedule an ESL New Student Advising session.


Step 1: Click the button below to complete PAW assessment.

Step 2: