Advising at WSU is an ongoing educational partnership between the student and professional/faculty advisors and advising staff. Academic advising promotes student success with the goal of helping students graduate in a timely manner. Academic advising is much more than just schedule building; it is a personalized way to explore options, get information and make good decisions. New, incoming, traditional freshmen students go through the first-year advising process at OneStop. All other new students are required to see a college academic advisor prior to enrollment. Certain colleges and departments have additional advising requirements as well.
Academic advisors form partnerships with students in the following ways:
- Assist students to set goals—both short term and longer term—that help them in determining and achieving their degree objectives.
- Academic advisors provide, and can also show students how to access accurate information about the graduation requirements of degree programs, and can work with students to plan the strategic progression of coursework that will allow graduation in the most timely manner consistent with the student’s life circumstances. Advisors can provide career information regarding the degree fields of interest, and will also refer students to appropriate career research resources in printed, electronic or in-person format.
- Academic advisors are well informed about official university policies and procedures for enrollment, dropping or adding courses, changing colleges, changing majors, and other such policies and procedures important to a student’s ability to progress. Advisors are also able to instruct students in the execution of those procedures. Advisors can show students how to access reliable and accurate sources for university policies and procedures in both print and electronic formats.
- Students are given access to various means of initiating contact with an academic advisor, including email, phone and personal contact. Academic advisors are available to meet with the student within a reasonable time frame after the student’s request, and appointment time(s) will be allotted to carry out the activities needed.
- Academic advisors have comprehensive knowledge of campus resources, including electronic resources, which are important to student success at the university, and can show students how to access that information. Advisors assist students in referral and access to such services as counseling, career and employment services, assisted instruction, success courses, math and writing labs and other help available for the student’s academic skill development.
Where to Go for Academic Advising
- Incoming, traditional freshmen students meet with a first-year advisor at OneStop for the first two semesters of enrollment.
- Degree-bound students who have chosen a major within a specific college should meet with an advisor in that college.
- Degree-bound students who are still deciding on a major should meet with an advisor in the LAS Advising Center.
- Nondegree-bound students who are enrolled in classes for purposes other than completing a degree should meet with an advisor in the LAS Advising Center.
- Graduate students should contact the Graduate School or their graduate program for advising assistance.
Academic advising is available through the individual offices listed below:
112 Jardine Hall
Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College
Shocker Hall, Room A1180
W. Frank Barton School of Business
008 Clinton Hall
College of Education
107 Corbin Education Center
College of Engineering
300 Wallace Hall
College of Fine Arts
120 Weidemann Hall
College of Health Professions
402 Ahlberg Hall
Liberal Arts and Sciences
LAS Advising Center
115 Grace Wilkie Hall
107 Jardine Hall