Friday, September 23, 2016

New Website Links for Lionmail, Student Portal, Canvas, and Password info

Steps to access Lionmail and the Student Portal with Lindenwood's updated website: 

-Hover over ACADEMICS at top of page
-Click on Support & Resources in the drop-down menu
-In the right column under Support & Resources, click on Information Technology
-Scroll down to the black box at the bottom of the IT page for quick links to the Student Portal, Canvas, Lionmail, and My Password (for creating account and resetting password)

Default Password: 
4 digit month/day of birthday (September 23 = 0923)
plus last 4 digits of social security number (if 1234, full password = 09231234)


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ID Photo Requirements


ID Photo requirements for Online Students

Photos must be:
  • In color 
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50% and 69% of the image's total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance 
  • Taken in front of a plain white, off-white or blue background. 
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera. 
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open. 
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis.
  • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily. 
  • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face. 
  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
  • If you normally wear glasses (without tinted lenses), a hearing device, or similar articles, they may be worn in your photo. 
  • Dark glasses or glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable. 
  • Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash. 
  • File size should be 200kb or smaller

LU MFA New Student Questions

Lindenwood University
MFA in Writing Program
New Student Questionnaire

Welcome to our program! Please briefly respond to the questions below and return this form by email to Thank you!

Date of MFA Program Acceptance: 

1. Where did you hear about Lindenwood’s MFA in Writing Program?

2. What most interested you about Lindenwood’s MFA in Writing Program (variety of writing genres, accelerated delivery, faculty, online option, etc.)?

3. Will you be taking your coursework in the classroom, or fully online, or a combination of both?

4. If you will be a fully online student, what is your state of residence?

5. What quarter do you plan to begin coursework (summer: July-Sept; fall: Oct-Dec; winter: Jan-March; spring: April-June)?

6. Do you qualify for either of the grants offered by our program? (Students age 60+ receive a 50% tuition discount. Current teachers of elementary, middle school, or high school receive $60 off per credit hour—note that teachers will need to fill out the teacher grant form and email it to Beth each quarter at the time of registration.)

Thank you!
Beth Mead, LU MFA Program Director

University Admissions Requirements

for MFA in Writing applicants

After the Director has accepted you into the MFA Program, the second step of the application process is to apply for admission to the university. That process is handled through the university Admissions office. If you have not already done so, please fill out the application for admission to the university here:

Additionally, the items listed below must be submitted to Alexis Wood in Admissions. It takes approximately two weeks for all received application materials to be processed. I will notify Alexis that you have been accepted into the MFA program.

University Admissions Requirements:

In your correspondence with Admissions, please note that your degree is MFA in Writing, as some requirements are different for this degree program (for example, MFA applicants are not required to submit letters of recommendation).

  • Professional Resume (email to Alexis at
  • Personal Statement: One page letter describing why you would like to be part of the program and what your professional goals are. This may be the same Statement of Purpose that you submitted to Beth Mead for the MFA Program, but please email a copy directly to Alexis at
  • Official Undergraduate Transcripts: Have your official transcripts mailed to:
Lindenwood University
Evening and Graduate Admissions
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301
  • A color copy of your driver’s license (fully online students only): This can be either scanned via e-mail ( or faxed to Admissions at 636-949-4109
  • A digital copy of an identification photo j-peg (or an LU ID card for on-campus students): The attached document lists the preferred guidelines for this photo (email to

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Beth Mead ( or 636-949-4524), or Alexis Wood in Admissions ( or 636-627-6683), or the main Admissions office ( or 636-949-4933). Thank you! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Quick Links FA QTR 16

LU MFA info links for Fall Quarter 2016: 

Teacher Grant

Degree Application Deadlines and Instructions (includes transfer credit info)

Class Schedule FA QTR 16

THESIS Enrollment Instructions & Guidelines

Registration Instructions
Quick Tips for Registration Problems
Registration FAQs

First Assignment info for Online Classes FA QTR 16
First Assignment for On-Campus Journal Editing: Poetry Cluster
First Assignment for On-Campus Advanced Scriptwriting Cluster

Canvas Basics for Online MFA Students
Canvas Info for On-Campus MFA Students
Student Authentication Requirement

Important Upcoming Dates for MFA Students
Academic Calendar 2016-2017
Projected Class Schedule (subject to change)

Emphasis Option

Other Helpful LU MFA info links:
MFA Program website 
MFA Faculty
LU MFA Foundations (faculty posts on the craft of writing)
LU MFA Facebook page (calls for submissions, publications, events, etc.)
LU MFA Student & Alumni Facebook group (log in to view; click button to Join)

Quick Tips for Registration Problems

If you have problems when trying to self-register for classes, refer to the following tips:

  • Confirm that you are in the correct term in your student portal. Check this at the top of the left column. For fall quarter registration, the term should be FA QTR 16 (not SEM).
  • Disable your pop-up blocker before enrolling, or the system may kick you out when you submit your classes. 
  • Just before registration opens (for fall, this will be at noon CST on Sunday 8/21), log out of the portal and then log back in (choosing the correct term) to ensure that your portal is enabled for registration.
  • Try a different browser. If you have registration issues after choosing the correct term, disabling your pop-up blocker, and logging out of the portal and logging back in, then your internet browser may be the problem. If you still have issues with a different browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.), and after confirming all of the above info, please email Beth.
  • NOTE: If you click the Registration button in the portal before registration opens (for fall, at noon CST on 8/21), you will receive an error message. That button will not be active until portals are enabled at the start date/time for registration each quarter. 

Student Authentication Requirement

To meet federal requirements for online classes, Lindenwood University will require student authentication measures in all online classes beginning Fall 2016.

As of Fall Quarter 2016, all MFA in Writing online classes will include three video journal assignments (only viewable by the instructor). The video component is necessary as it is now a federal requirement for fully online classes to provide measures for student authentication and identity verification during the class. You will have a video assignment at the beginning, middle, and end of every online class. This helps verify that the student enrolled in the class is the student doing the coursework, as the video images can be compared with the student ID photos on file. These video journals can only be viewed by the instructor. You can use the Canvas app on a smartphone to record videos if you do not have a webcam on your computer. Instructions for the video assignments are included in the modules for Week 1, Week 6, and Week 11 in each online class.

An additional authentication measure in MFA classes is the extensive student writing required in our courses, which enables the instructor to become familiar with students' writing styles (discussions, journals, and other written assignments).