Fall Advising & Registration

Fall Advising & Registration 2021

Fall Advising & Registration (A&R) provides critical support to new students as you navigate the academic advising and class registration experience. In addition to developing core academic planning skills, students will also gain a better understanding of Western's academic expectations and resources, meet with helpful faculty, staff and student advisors, and begin connecting with fellow new and current WWU students. 

The Fall A&R 2021 program will be a virtual experience. Students will complete an online reservation to attend a one-day advising and registration session in Zoom. This session will include virtual advising in a small group and individually with faculty, staff and student advisors. Reservations for Fall A&R as well as Orientation events and offerings are anticipated to open on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 9am Pacific Time

Students will have access to an online academic advising preparation Canvas course (Virtual Advisor) in early June. Students should plan to review the Virtual Advisor in advance of their one-day virtual A&R session. Students can access the Virtual Advisor by going to myWestern, selecting the Canvas icon and then logging in with their universal account.

First-Year Students

First-year and Running Start students are required to attend Fall A&R. New first-year students must attend an A&R session in order to register for Fall Quarter classes, and will register as a part of the program.

Fall 2021 Sessions

First Year High Credit (45+ transfer credits):
August 2, 3, 4, and 5

First Year Non-High Credit (less than 45 transfer credits):
August 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, and 26

 

Transfer and Post-Baccalaureate Students

Transfer and post-baccalaureate students are strongly encouraged to attend Fall A&R. A&R sessions will be the first opportunity for transfer and post-baccalaureate students to register for Fall Quarter classes. Students who do not attend Fall A&R will register for Fall classes during Phase II registration.

Fall 2021 Sessions

Transfer and Post-Baccalaureate Students:
July 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, and 29

Before Making Your Reservation: Learn More About Advising Groups

When making a reservation, students will be asked to select an Advising Group based on 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. 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. 

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! 

Please note: If you don’t see your desired group listed after selecting a session date when making your reservation, the group is full for that date. Please either plan to select another advising group or select another date. Some advising groups meet only on Monday or Wednesday sessions and others meet on only Tuesday or Thursday sessions. See below for more detail on when certain advising groups are held. The majors shown for each category are examples and do not represent all the possible majors at Western.

Advising Groups Offered During Fall A&R

Advising groups offered on Monday and Wednesday sessions:  July 21, 26, and 28
Advising Groups  Example Majors 
Business and Economics  Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, Marketing, or Operations Management 
Health and Human Development  Kinesiology (specialization areas in: Exercise Science, Pre-Healthcare Professions, and Sport Psychology), Physical Education and Health P-12, Public Health, or Recreation Management and Leadership 
Huxley College of the Environment  Environmental Science Programs: Energy Science and Technology, Environmental Science, Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecology, Marine Science, or Toxicology  
 
Environmental Studies Programs: Energy Policy Management, Environmental Education, Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, Geography, Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, or Environmental Studies 
Life Sciences  Biochemistry, Biology, Biology/Anthropology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Marine and Costal Science, or Pre-Veterinary 
Math, Physical Sciences, and Engineering  Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Math, Physics, or Statistics 
Post-Baccalaureate  All Post-Baccalaureate students will be placed in this advising group.  
Advising groups offered on Tuesday and Thursday sessions: July 22, 27, and 29
Advising Groups  Example Majors 

Education 

Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education 

Fairhaven College  Students who have been accepted into Fairhaven College will only be provided Fairhaven as an option for an advising group. If you have not been accepted, you will not see this option. If you have questions, please contact Fairhaven College at 360-650-2123. 
Fine and Performing Arts  Art, Dance, Design, or Theatre 

Humanities 

Art History, English, Communication Studies, History, Humanities: History of Culture, Journalism, Modern and Classical Languages, Philosophy, or Religion and Culture 
Music  Students who have been accepted into the Music major will only be provided Music as an option for an advising group. If you have not been accepted, you will not see this option. If you have questions, please contact the Music Department at 360-650-4091. 
Social Sciences  Anthropology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Human Services, Psychology, Political Science, Pre-Law, Sociology, or Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 
Undecided Still exploring your interests?  That’s okay! If you do not have a strong interest and commitment to an academic discipline yet, or have not identified your academic major, please select the undecided group. 

 

Please note:  

  • Students who reported on their application for admission that they will be entering Western with 45+ credits will be able to make a reservation for High Credit sessions on August 2, 3, 4, and 5 

  • Only students who have been admitted into Fairhaven College, the Honors Program, or a Music major will be placed into those advising groups. 

Advising groups offered on Monday and Wednesday sessions: August 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
Advising Groups  Example Majors 
Business and Economics  Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, Marketing, or Operations Management 
Fairhaven College  Students who have been accepted into Fairhaven College will only be provided Fairhaven as an option for an advising group. If you have not been accepted, you will not see this option. If you have questions, please contact Fairhaven College at 360-650-2123. 
Honors  Students who have been accepted into the Honors Program will only be provided Honors as an option for an advising group. If you have not been accepted, you will not see this option. If you have any questions, please contact the Honors Program at 360-650-3034. 
Huxley College of the Environment  Environmental Science Programs: Environmental Science, Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecology, Marine Science, or Toxicology  
 
Environmental Studies Programs: Energy Policy Management, Environmental Education, Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, Geography, Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, or Environmental Studies 

Math, Science & Engineering 

Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Energy Science and Technology, Engineering, Geology, Marine and Costal Science, Math, Physics, or Statistics 
Pre-Healthcare 

Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, and all other pre-healthcare areas.   

Please note: Pre-Healthcare areas are not majors at Western. Students pursuing pre-healthcare professions can major in any area. This advising group will help prepare you towards your pre-healthcare interest and connect you with advisors who specialize in this area. 

Advising groups offered on Tuesday and Thursday sessions: August 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
Advising Groups Example Majors
Education 

This group is for Early Childhood Education and Special Education majors only. 

Please note: The majority of students seeking certification in Elementary Education or Secondary Education must choose an academic major before applying to Woodring College of Education. Please choose an advising group that matches your academic interest. If you have questions prior to making your reservation, please contact the Academic Advising Center at 360-650-3850 for clarification. 

Fine and Performing Arts  Art, Art History, Dance, Design, or Theatre 
Humanities  English, Communication Studies, History, Humanities: History of Culture, Journalism, Modern and Classical Languages, Philosophy, or Religion and Culture 
Music  Students who have been accepted into the Music major will only be provided Music as an option for an advising group. If you have not been accepted, you will not see this option. If you have questions, please contact the Music Department at 360-650-4091. 
Social Sciences  Anthropology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Human Services, Political Science, Psychology, Pre-Law, Recreation Management and Leadership, Sociology, or Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 

Undecided 

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. 

 

Fall A&R Session Schedule

Students will participate in a one day Advising & Registration (A&R) session held in Zoom. While students must be available from 8:00am – 4:30pm, they will not be spending the entire day on Zoom. Please review the schedule below for more information.

In Advance Review the Virtual Advisor Canvas Course

In advance of participating in your day-of program, spend some time reviewing the modules and watching the videos throughout the Virtual Advisor. You can access the Virtual Advisor beginning June 1 by logging into Canvas from myWestern.

In Advance Complete Proctored ALEKS MPA

If you haven’t already,  make sure you’ve completed the proctored version of the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment prior to your session.   

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Advising Session Presentation and Academic Planning (REQUIRED)

Zoom link sent 24 hours prior to scheduled A&R session. Required for class registration.  

  • 8-8:30am: Check-in 

  • 8:30-11am: Group Welcome, Advising Session and Academic Planning  

Attend group advising session where you will learn about advising at Western, graduation requirements, declaring a major/minor, understand your transfer credit and important advising and registration tools. You will also begin planning possible fall quarter schedules and have a chance to talk with advisors. 

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Drop-In Advising Lab (Optional)

The Zoom link to access Drop-In Advising is emailed during the morning of scheduled Fall A&R session. 

Intended for students who are interested in continued academic and course planning and have further questions.  

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Academic Department Advising (Drop-In, Optional)

Schedule with Zoom links is emailed to students during the morning of scheduled Fall A&R session.

Offered during the Transfer/Post-Bac (July 21-22, 26-29) and First-Year High Credit Sessions (August 2-5) of Fall A&R. Advisors will be available to provide advising specific to declaring a major, transfer credit questions, and course overrides. Students are welcome to contact academic departments in advance of their A&R session.  

Academic department availability for Fall A&R non-High Credit sessions varies (August 9-26). 

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Individual 30-Minute Registration Appointments (REQUIRED)

Students access their Registration Appointment by using the same Zoom link used to access the morning Advising Session.

Students will be assigned to a 30-minute individual advising time where they will meet with an advisor from their morning group and register for fall quarter courses. Students will receive their 30-minute advising time in the morning Advising Session. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Advising & Registration sessions are required for incoming first-year students and strongly recommended for incoming transfer and post-baccalaureate students. 

All first-year and Running Start students must attend an Advising & Registration session in order to register for classes. Students will register during their session. 

New transfer and post-baccalaureate students for Fall who attend an Advising & Registration session register on the date of their session. Students who do not attend a session will register for Fall classes during Phase II registration.

Advising and Registration sessions will be held in Zoom. We recommend that students participate in Zoom with a laptop or tablet to maximize their experience. 

Please make sure you are familiar with the Zoom platform. Check out Western’s Intro to Zoom for Students for more information. Students will need internet access for course registration. Check out Western’s Keep Connected (internet connectivity) video.  

If you are concerned about your ability to participate in an advising and registration session in Zoom please contact New Student Services/Family Outreach office at 360-650-3846 or at nssfo@wwu.edu.   

There are several required actions that all new students must take prior to their first quarter at Western, some of which need to be completed prior to your advising and registration session. Please view our Preparing for WWU page for a list of required and recommended actions for new students. Students can also log into the Admitted Student Portal to keep track of the status of measles clearance, the receipt of final transcripts, and Advising & Registration reservations. If you need assistance logging into the Portal, please contact the Office of Admissions

WWU is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodations, please contact the New Student Services/Family Outreach office, 360-650-3846, or NSSFO@wwu.edu.