Advising Preparation for Transitions
Selecting an Advising Group
When making a reservation to attend Transitions, students will be asked to select an Advising Group and you’ll be placed in this group for your academic advising and class registration sessions during the program. In the group advising session, you will work with an advisor who best meets your area of academic interest or intended major. If you are still exploring possible majors, you can also choose a group for undecided students where you will work with advisors familiar with helping students explore various major options.
Selecting a particular Advising Group (for example, “Social Sciences” or “Humanities”) does not lock you into any long-term commitment about a degree area, but rather supports your initial exploration in a general academic area. All academic advisors in all the advising groups present the same preparatory information about advising at Western and can support your creation of a solid class schedule!
During your group advising session, you will be introduced to Graduation Requirements, Academic Resources, your Transfer Equivalency Report, and how to identify classes to prepare for registration. Later in the day, you will select classes and register for your Fall quarter courses.
How to Select an Advising Group
Students attending Transitions have an opportunity to select a session date as well as an academic advising group for your session. You are encouraged to make your selections based on what works best for you. Because of the volume of students attending Transitions and limits we have on advising group space, it is possible that your first choice of advising group may be full on a particular day.
If this occurs, you may try another strategy:
- Try making a reservation for another session date. You may find your first choice of advising group is available on another day.
- If it is more critical to ensure your attendance on a specific date, select the date you desire and simply select another advising group. Even if you select an advising group that is not in the area of your intended field of study, don’t worry! There is standardized information presented in every advising group. You will also have the opportunity to connect with advisors in academic departments prior to registration.
We encourage you to explore academic departments and programs to learn more about the academic majors available at Western and locate contact information for the department. If you have questions about your intended academic major or believe you are ready to declare your major, you are encouraged to contact the department prior to Transitions.
Additionally, you may consider connecting with faculty/staff who are in your area of interest while you are at Transitions during our Information Fair or departmental advising time.
Advising Group Options
The following is a list of the advising groups offered every Transitions session. If you don’t see the group listed in the drop down box when you make your reservation that means the group is full for that date. Please either choose another advising group or check another date..
Please note: The majors shown for each category are examples and do not represent all the possible majors at Western.
Business and Economics
Accounting, Management Information Systems, Operations Management, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, Economics, Finance, Marketing, and Management
Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education
Only for students who have been accepted into Fairhaven College.
Fine and Performing Arts
Art,Dance, Design, Music and Theatre
Health and Human Development
Community Health, Kinesiology (specialization areas in: Health and Fitness Specialist, Movement Studies, Pre-Healthcare Professions, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Sport Psychology), Physical Education and Health P-12, and Recreation
Art History, English, Communication Studies, Foreign Languages, History, Journalism, Liberal Studies, and Philosophy
Huxley College of the Environment
Environmental Science students may choose to do an emphasis in one of these areas: Freshwater & Terrestrial Ecology, Marine Ecology, and Toxicology.
Environmental Studies students may choose to do an emphasis in one of the following areas: Environmental Education, Environmental Policy, Geography, Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, or Environmental Studies.
Biochemistry, Biology, Biology/Anthropology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Pre-Veterinary
Math, Science, and Engineering
Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Math, and Physics
This advising group is specifically for Post-baccalaureate students.
Anthropology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Human Services, Political Science, Psychology, Pre-Law, and Sociology
Still exploring your interests? That’s okay! If you do not have a strong interest and commitment to an academic discipline, or have not identified your academic major, please select the undecided group.
REQUIRED and RECOMMENDED Actions to Prepare for Advising & Orientation
Please refer to our Preparing for Advising & Orientation checklist for REQUIRED and RECOMMENDED actions to complete PRIOR to Transitions, including how to submit your proof of measles immunization (required for registration!), and connect to information to help determine if you need to complete the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment prior to orientation.
Determining How College/AP Credit Will Apply to Your Western Degree
How does college credit transfer to Western?
Having Running Start or other college credits listed on your high school transcript will not allow Western to grant you college credit. An official transcript and/or score report must be sent from the college/testing agency directly to the Office of Admissions.
Required by July 15: Submit final college transcripts and score reports
Be sure to submit your official college transcripts and/or score report to the Office of Admissions by July 15 if you are entering Western with college credits from Running Start, College in the High School, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge International.
Why submit college transcripts?
Knowing what classes you’ve already received credit for will ensure you avoid registering for and repeating a class, or credits, you don’t need. Registration appointments for future quarters are based on earned credits, so having those additional transfer credits on record at Western will have a favorable effect on your registration priority for winter quarter and beyond.
If you are awarded transfer credit, instructions for viewing your Transfer Equivalency Report (TER) will be sent to your email account in early August. Your TER will only include coursework on file at Western at the time of enrollment confirmation.
Because we are rarely able to process your spring term grades in time to be included in your initial Transfer Equivalency Report, we recommend you bring the following with you to Transitions and whenever meeting with advisors:
- Updated unofficial transcripts with any additional completed coursework
- Proof of registration for any in-progress courses
Having this information will assist you with meeting prerequisites for courses and ensuring that you are not repeating coursework unnecessarily. You are also encouraged to research how any in-progress credits will transfer. Please visit the Admissions website for transfer credit guidelines, a list of course equivalencies for in-state courses, and credits awarded for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests.