Getting Started in Graduate Communications at Asbury

Modified on: Mon, 2022, Nov 21 11:14 AM


Welcome to graduate school! We are thrilled that you have chosen Asbury to pursue your graduate studies. We want to ensure that you are set up for success, so we have created this page to walk you through some important processes to help you prepare for your first semester at Asbury. You may return to this page at any time.

Here are the topics we will cover (you may click on any of these topics to go directly to that section):

The Graduate Communications Team

Dr. Elizabeth Jones currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Communication Arts. She holds a BA degree in Communication, as well as an MA in Digital Storytelling and a PhD in Communication. Dr. Jones will serve as your temporary advisor for your first semester in the program.


Phone: 859-858-3511, ext 3346

What You Need to Know to Get Started:


Email and Username

Please use this network account when logging into all campus computers, services, and sites, including your Asbury Email Account, Discovery, and Portal.

Your Network Account Username: (unless otherwise noted)

  • - this is NOT case sensitive 
  • If you have a very long or hyphenated last name, please check with I.T. Services to verify your username

Default Password: first four letters of your last name + five digit zip code

  • smit4321 - all lowercase and NO spaces!
  • If your last name is less than four letters, your password will start filling with the first letters of your first name
    • Sarah Lee - slee6378 | Joseph Li - joli2837
  • If you do not have a US zip code, the default is five zeros

How to Add Your Asbury Email to a Phone, Tablet, or Computer

Email Information
All students are assigned an Asbury University email address that is identical to your Network Account login ( 

This email account is accessible on and off campus using from any web browser. You must use your full email address when logging in. Email is the official means of communication at Asbury. 

Your Asbury email account is an Outlook Exchange account and can be added to Microsoft Outlook on your computer, to your phone, or you can access your Office 365 account online.


The basics of accessing your Asbury email online (O365)

How to add your Asbury email account to your smartphone or computer:

iPhone iOS Android OS

iPhone - iOS 7 to iOS 10

Android Devices - Version 4

iPhone - iOS 11 and Later

Android Devices - Version 6 and Later

 Mac Microsoft Outlook 2013 & 2016  Windows Microsoft Outlook 2010, 2016, & 2019 (O365)
 How to Add Your Asbury Email to Microsoft Outlook 2013 and 2016 (Mac) How to Add Your Asbury Email to Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2016 (Windows)

How to Reset Your Asbury Password

Password Requirements

  • Passwords must be twelve characters or more in length and have 3 of the following categories:
    • Numbers, Uppercase Letters, Lowercase Letters, & Symbols.
  • You will be prompted to reset your Asbury password every twelve months. 
  • If you enter an incorrect password three times, your account will be automatically locked. To unlock your account you can do so through the "Forgot Password" feature, or call the Service Desk, or wait 1 hour for your account to unlock automatically. 
  • Please remember, when you change your password for the network/email, it will automatically change your password for Discovery and Portal - all the credentials are linked.

How to Reset Your Password
You can reset your Asbury password or unlock your account at any time online. Before you can change your password or unlock your account, you need to enroll in the password reset service. This should automatically pop up when you first sign in and prompt you to set up security questions and add other verification methods. Please see the article below for more information on enrolling.

You will not be able to change your password (in the case of a forgotten password) if you have not already enrolled. Please call I.T. Services to reset a forgotten password if you are not enrolled | 1.859.858.5177. Reminder, changing your password will change it for all Asbury sites: Discovery, Portal, etc. 

Enroll your Asbury Account for Password Reset

How to Reset a Forgotten Password

Accessing Your Student Portal

Through your Student Portal you can register for classes, complete your financial registration, view your unofficial transcript, update your emergency contact and more. In addition, it displays your classification, advisor, major, and any minors you have declared. Please see the section on Registering for Classes for more information on class registration.

Accessing Your Student Portal

Registering for Classes

Once you have received your Asbury email, you will be ready to register for your first semester. Students register online through the Student Portal.

Students should register for ALL courses that they intend to enroll in for the semester, 
including classes that start in the second half of the semester. Please refer to your projected course schedule provided by the Center for Academic Advising.

Please note: Most of the online courses run only 8 weeks at a time.  Please be sure to pay attention to the dates of the class when registering.  You must register for all classes prior to the beginning of the semester.

How to Register for Classes through Your Student Portal

Completing the Financial Aid Process

Federal aid may be available to eligible students taking five or more credit hours each semester. 

Submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

To receive financial aid determination at Asbury University, students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for each academic year.

  • It is available January 1 and should be submitted as soon as possible for optimum consideration.
  • The Asbury University School Code is 001952
  • FAFSA Website:

Graduate Aid Application

All Graduate students wishing to be considered for federal financial aid must complete a Graduate Aid Application annually. The GAA form will automatically be added as a checklist item in your application portal if you indicated that you will be using financial aid on your application. You can fill this out within your application portal, and it will automatically be submitted to the financial aid office for you. This form, along with the FAFSA, will enable us to determine your financial aid eligibility.

Note: If you did not indicate on your application that you plan on filing the FAFSA, please contact the financial aid office (

Navigating Discovery (your online classroom) & Zoom

Discovery is the service powered by D2L Brightspace that Asbury uses for online class management. Students taking online classes will find all of their course content, assignments, syllabi, etc. on Discovery. Many professors teaching in-person classes also use Discovery to upload their syllabi and provide a place for online submission of assignments. As a student at Asbury, you will want to frequently check Discovery to stay up-to-date on your classes.

The Basics of Using Discovery

All online courses will use Zoom for virtual class sessions. Please see the link below for more information on using Zoom for your classes.

Asbury Live - Zoom for Students

Finding and Ordering Textbooks

Students may order their textbooks online through the Asbury University Student Bookstore or by using your Student Portal. When ordering textbooks online through either of these avenues, students may pay for textbooks using a Student Voucher. Selecting the Student Voucher payment method will place textbook charges on your student account at the University. This will allow you to pay for the textbooks at a later date or use loans/grants/scholarships to pay for the textbooks. Students may also pay for textbooks with a credit card.

Note: Vouchers may only be used 3 weeks prior to classes starting, and two weeks after they begin. It is best to order all textbooks prior to the start of the semester.

If you wish, you may purchase your textbooks outside of Asbury University. Please note, when purchasing textbooks and materials outside of the institution, make sure that you are securing the correct required textbook editions and materials. The best ways to ensure that you are securing the correct textbooks and materials is to access textbook information through the Asbury University Online Bookstore at and to use the book’s ISBN number when searching for a textbook online. 

How to Find and Order Textbooks

Technology Requirements

Asbury University has requirements/recommendations for student computers that will be brought to campus or used by online students. The document lists these as well as other frequently asked questions about computers at Asbury, the computer labs, discounts, and other software questions.

Frequently Asked Questions about Computers at Asbury

Contact Information


Assistance with course plans, graduation, student care/concerns, and other program questions.

Director of Graduate Communication Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Jones

    1-859-858-3511 x3346
Assistance with admissions and general questions. Director of Graduate Admissions
Danielle Miller

1-859-858-3511 x2214

For assistance with your account, issues with your Student Portal, Discovery, or other technical needs. I.T. Service Desk

1-859-858-3511 x2177

Visit Kinlaw Library, room 131

Assistance with class registration, transcripts, commencement information, or to withdraw. Registrar's Office

1-859-858-3511 x2327

Assistance with financial aid information. Financial Aid

    1-859-858-3511 x2195
Assistance with payment plans account changes. Student Accounts

1-859-858-3511 x2330

Assistance with textbooks and Asbury merchandise. Bookstore

1-859-858-3511 x2162

Contact us:

  • Call 859-858-5177 or campus extension 2177
  • Click to visit us online at
  • Or Visit us in the Kinlaw Library, room 131

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