Preparing for WWU

Preparing for Advising & Orientation

The following checklist will help you prepare to attend Western and your academic advising and orientation program. Please read through the following requirements and recommendations to help you navigate the next steps of your Western journey!

REQUIRED ACTIONS

1. Submit Proof of Measles

All new students are required to have two valid measles vaccinations or proof of measles (rubeola) immunity prior to registering for classes. Options for providing proof and additional information are available from the Student Health Center. The Student Health Center’s regular hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm; Thursday: 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • SUMMER SESSION HOURS: Summer session hours may vary, please consult the Student Health Center’s website for details.

If you need to get an MMR shot or have your blood drawn for a rubeola titer test, please call 360.650.3400 to schedule an appointment. You may FAX your measles records 24/7 to 360.650.3883 or 360.650.4580. If you have any questions, contact the Student Health Center by e-mail or at 360.650.3400. You can also read more information about the Measles Requirement.

IMPORTANT! You will not be allowed to register for classes if your measles vaccinations/immunity documentation has not been received prior to your registration appointment.

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2. Activate Your Universal Account

In order to register for classes, you must have activated your Universal Account in advance. Activate your Universal Account by directing your web browser to http://www.wwu.edu/activate. After activating your Universal Account, go back to myWestern, click on the Student Email link (it may also be labeled Office 365) and activate your email account.

Please keep track of your username and password, and bring this information with you to your advising appointment. If you need assistance with account activation, are unsure how to navigate the set-up process, or if you have forgotten your password, contact Academic Technology User Services Help Desk at 360.650.3333

Official University correspondence, including information about advising and orientation programs, as well as a preliminary Transfer Equivalency Report (TER) if you have earned college, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, will be sent to your MyWestern email address.

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3. Check your MyWestern E-mail Account

Recognizing the expanding reliance on electronic communication, WWU has determined that e-mail will be one of the University’s official means of communication. E-mail correspondence will be sent to students’ WWU e-mail addresses, so be sure to review your WWU email account for future important announcements. See University Academic Policies on E-Mail as Official Means of Communication.

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4. Make a reservation to attend Advising & Orientation

Make a reservation to attend an Advising & Orientation session!

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RECOMMENDED ACTIONS

1. View your Countdown to Western Checklist

Keep track of your status in several important areas, including measles clearance, housing information, and more, with your Countdown to Western checklist.

To login: You will need your Western ID number (commonly referred to as your “W” number), or User ID, and date of birth. Your "W" number can be found on your admission and confirmation letters. Revisit your Countdown to Western checklist any time to verify your current status.

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2. ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (ALEKS MPA)

Western utilizes the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (MPA) system to determine math placement. The MPA is an online, adaptive assessment and learning system, and offers many benefits to students, including the advantages of individual access, 24/7, from virtually any web-linked computer.

Most students who plan to register for a Math course at Western must first take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment. The MPA also serves as a prerequisite for some courses in other departments, such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Decision Sciences, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Geology, Physics and Science Education.

Note for New Students: Students entering Western beginning Fall 2018 will need to take the ALEKS assessment at least once as a proctored exam so as to assure the most accurate placement assessment. Math assessment and course placement are the cornerstones to assuring our students have a positive and productive learning experience in math classes.

General information and updates about the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment can be found at the following link, including Exceptions and FAQs: ALEKS Math Placement Assessment Info.

For questions about whether or not you need to take the assessment, please contact the Math Department at (360) 650-3785 or the Academic Advising Center at (360) 650-3850.

For technical questions or to report navigational issues with the online ALEKS program, please contact the Testing Center at (360) 650-3080.

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3. Utilize online Academic Advising & Class Registration tools

Academic Advising Center Online Resources: Explore important academic advising and registration tools online. Professional advisors from the Academic Advising Center are available to help you explore your academic interests and goals at Western.

Online Advising Module: New students receive 3 online advising modules: one prior to attending orientation, one before the start of the quarter, and one during their first quarter, to help support a successful transition to Western.Access and login will be sent to your Western student email (found in your myWestern portal → Office 365).

Viking Advisor: The Viking Advisor describes Western’s academic requirements and provides information on how to register for classes using Western’s online registration system. A copy of the Viking Advisor will be provided during orientation or you can visit the Academic Advising Center’s website for the most current .pdf copy.

WWU's Classfinder: Western's ClassFinder displays courses offered by term. You will find information such as the days and times that classes meet, course descriptions, course restrictions, and prerequisites.

Prepare to Register for Classes: Before registering for classes, we encourage you to explore academic departments and the University Catalog's programs of study to learn more about the academic majors available at Western. If you have a major in mind, you are encouraged to contact the academic department to seek advising prior to your Advising & Orientation program.

Important Dates and Deadlines: Familiarize yourself with important quarterly dates and deadlines, including registration schedule, tuition payments, refunds and more.

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4. Transfer Credit Policies

If you are a student who may be coming to Western with transfer credits, please visit the Admissions website to learn more about Transfer Credit Policies. The Admissions Office is your contact for questions regarding the status of transfer credits. You can contact Admissions at admit@wwu.edu or call 360.650.3440 and connect to a counselor.

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5. Explore Housing Options

  • Off Campus: Students who live off campus instead of a residence hall are introduced to plenty of new choices and, along with those choices, new responsibilities. For more information, visit Off Campus Living website.
  • On Campus: For more information about Western’s On-Campus Housing, visit University Residences website or stop by the Housing Office located on the first floor of Edens Hall.

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6. Transfer & Post-baccalaureate Students: Determine Your Class Registration Appointment

Registration for classes is an online process using the Web4U platform. Registration each quarter typically occurs in three phases, with some exceptions for new students entering Fall Quarter (see below).

Freshmen/Running Start Students Beginning Fall, Winter, or Spring Quarter: All new Freshmen/Running Start students are REQUIRED to attend an Advising & Orientation program. Students will sign up to attend a session prior to their first day of classes and complete their orientation, academic advising, and class registration process at the time of their program. Please visit the New Student Services/Family Outreach's Freshmen webpage to learn more about Advising & Orientation programs specific to the quarter you are beginning at Western!

Transfer and Post-baccalaureate Students Beginning Fall Quarter: If you are new transfer or post-bacc student beginning in Fall Quarter, it is strongly recommended you attend the Transitions Advising & Orientation program during the summer (usually in late July). Students attending Transitions are able to register for their Fall Quarter classes at the time of the program.

Students who do not attend Transitions must wait until Phase II of Fall Quarter registration (typically late August; see the Important Dates & Deadlines at Registrar’s website for specific phase dates) to complete their class registration process. Exact registration times are scheduled in descending-credit order. To determine your exact registration time, first you must know the total number of accepted transfer credits you have or will have by the start of registration. Then visit the Registration Schedule website to find your exact time.

Transfer and Post-baccalaureate Students Beginning Winter, Spring, or Summer Quarter:

  • Incoming transfer students will follow the regular registration process described on the Registrar’s website and will be assigned a registration time based on number of accepted transfer credits you have or will have by the start of registration. Transfer students are also highly encouraged to attend an Advising & Orientation program to receive support with academic advising and preparation for class registration. Transfer students can refer to the New Student Services/Family Outreach's Transfer webpage to learn more about when Advising & Orientation programs are offered for your arrival quarter!
  • Incoming Post-baccalaureate students for Winter, Spring, or Summer Quarter are encouraged to contact the Academic Advising Center to set up an individual advising appointment rather than attend an Advising & Orientation program. Please contact Academic Advising at 360.650.3850 or advising@wwu.edu for more information.

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For additional resources, please review the New Student Handbook. A copy of this handbook will be provided for students participating in orientation programs.

Please contact New Student Services/Family Outreach at nssfo@wwu.edu or
(360) 650-3846 if you have any questions about advising and orientation. We’re looking forward to seeing you on campus!