Academic Support

Western students rank among the most successful college students in the country. Their rates of graduation, employment, and admission to competitive graduate programs are among the best in the nation for universities of our type and size.

Student’s academic success is a top priority at Western. Students are encouraged to seek out advising at least once a quarter to ensure timely major declaration and graduation. It is important for all students to understand their responsibilities related to University academic policies and requirements. Careful planning is essential. A number of resources are available to support student success.

Tips for Academic Success

Here’s what we have learned from students over the years - successful students:

  • Actively manage their time, keeping a calendar and setting aside daily blocks of time for study and exam preparation.
  • Keep themselves healthy by becoming actively involved in their own wellness and the health of their community.
  • Use campus academic resources early, visiting the Tutoring Center, the Academic Advising & Student Achievement Center, and their professor’s office hours well before midterms - even if things are going well.
  • Are fiscally responsible, actively managing their money by monitoring their statements, paying bills on time, and taking a holistic approach toward financial freedom.
  • Form multiple support networks through student clubs, academic departments, extra-curricular activities, recreation activities, faith-based organizations and campus events.
  • Know there will be setbacks and struggles - they build tools and approaches for fostering resilience, tenacity and self-forgiveness.
  • Reflectively consider why they are in college, and what they want to achieve by the time they graduate; they consider how each course brings them closer to their hopes and goals.

1. STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE! This is all new – to everyone! Be courageous and don’t let your fears hold you back!

2. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR CHOICES AND YOUR SITUATION! This is the time when you get to transition into being a more independent adult. That means if you make a mistake, take responsibility for your choices. If you need to make something right for yourself or with another person, do it! Keep your personal integrity!

3. BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR! The choices you make on and off campus will affect other people. At Western, students take pride in creating a community together that is respectful and kind, and where people can feel welcome and at home.

4. BE YOURSELF! This is your time to learn and explore and be who you want to be. There is a whole campus of other students, faculty and staff that are ready to help you thrive and be successful. Just be yourself and be kind to yourself along the way.

For a complete list of requirements, please see the University Catalog.

  • Complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits
  • Complete a minimum of 45 credits earned through Western Washington University courses
  • Complete at least 60 credits upper-division study, i.e. 300-level and above
  • Complete three writing proficiency points
  • Complete an approved academic major
  • Complete a minor, if required
  • Meet minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements
  • Satisfy General University Requirements

As a matter of University policy, students are expected to attend classes as scheduled. However, subject to acceptable documentation, a Non-Medical Leave of Absence may be granted through the Office of Student Life. More information.

If a student is unable to attend classes because of an injury or illness, a Medical Leave of Absence may be requested through the Student Health Center. A medical leave of absence will not be granted without proper diagnosis and/or documentation. For further details, see the Student Health Center's Medical Leave of Absence page or contact the Student Health Center: Campus Services Building 202, (360)

Previous Western students who have not been enrolled for one or more quarters (excluding Summer) need to reapply for admission. Review the Admissions website to learn more about reapplying due to scholastic reinstatement, leave of absence, or other special circumstances. 

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions: Old Main 200, 360-650-3440, admissions@wwu.edu

Support For Academic Success

The Academic Advising & Student Achievement Center (AASAC) provides a comprehensive set of services (1) to support students’ academic advising needs, (2) to help in navigating campus resources, and (3) to gain a better understanding of Western’s academic policies. Professional and peer advisors can assist with course selection and registration, GUR reviews, choosing a major/minor, and reviewing requirements for graduation. The AASAC also provides peer mentoring and other specialized services for additional academic and personal support in meeting the holistic needs of the students we serve.

Old Main 387, 360-650-3100 for advising related questions for general questions directed to the center


Resources for Transfer Students, including information on the Transfer Equivalency Report, can be found with Admissions:

Old Main 200, 360-650-3440, admissions@wwu.edu

The Western AS Bookstore on campus is the go-to location for course materials, textbooks, classroom supplies, Western gear and gifts. See their website for current operating information.

501 High Street, VU 6th floor,

The Disability Access Center (DAC) provides services and programs to foster equal access and full inclusion in every aspect of the student experience. The DAC is a hub for campus, academic and community resources.

Wilson Library 170,

The Math Center provides tutoring in advanced mathematical subjects including calculus, linear algebra, statistics and differential equations.

Bond Hall 209/211A,

The Registrar’s Office assists with questions concerning credit and online degree evaluations, the course catalog, registration, course requirements, adding and dropping classes, graduation requirements, commencement, grade changes, transcripts and related information requests.

Old Main 230, 360-650-3432,

Western Libraries offers students a wide range of support through a variety of services, resources, and programs in addition to 24/7 online access to online tutorials, course reserves, e-books, articles and databases, and other video resources. All current WWU students can check out and borrow library materials. The library buildings also offers a variety of study spaces for both collaborative work and quiet study.

Wilson Library/Haggard Hall, 360-650-3084

The Tutoring Center tutors and peer advisors are available during regular hours to assist students in Math and Science GUR courses. The Tutoring Center also offers tutor-facilitated study groups for select courses, and one-on-one study skills appointments.

Wilson 280, 360-650-3855, 

The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio provides support in research and writing, essay drafts, project components, scholarship applications, and resumes. Students can also initiate a chat using "Ask Us," or submit a draft paper for email response.

Haggard Hall 2nd Floor, 360-650-3219


Academic Year Calendar

The WWU Registrar's office provides a calendar of important dates and deadlines by academic quarter with quick links to schedules, term dates, financial due dates, holidays and breaks, and more.


Visit the WWU Commencement website for information about upcoming ceremonies, eligibility requirements, and event logistics.

Commencement Team:



Visit our Campus Resource Directory page to find policy resources on topics like academic honesty, reinstatement, student code of conduct, and more University policies and procedures by subject.