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Students can find their advisor contact information on the homepage of their myWCU account.

STUDENTS
Are You Here To...

  • Find out who your advisor is?
  • Your advisor's name appears on your myWCU homepage.

    In addition to their faculty advisors, students can also consult with their College Academic Coordinators to obtain more support. Make appointments to ask them about scheduling, policies, and campus resources!

  • Learn when should you visit your advisor?
  • Meet with your advisor at least one week before the class registration date shown on your myWCU homepage.

  • Learn when you can register for classes?
  • myWCU allows you to register on the date shown on your myWCU homepage, but you cannot schedule without advisor permission.

  • Learn how to register for classes?
  • Take a look at Registrar's Tips for Getting Started for help on registering for classes.

  • Know what is expected of you as an advisee?
  • Good advising is a shared responsibility in which advisors and advisees collaborate to help students achieve their aims. Learn more about your responsibilities in this process.

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FACULTY/ADVISORS
Are You Here To...

  • Learn how to add a comment to a student record?
  • Advisor comments are being replaced by the easier and more robust MyWCU Advising Notes, which will add an advisor's notes to a student's permanent MyWCU record. See instructions for use on the Faculty menu of the UPK Tutorial page.

  • Find your advisees' Degree Progress Reports?
  • In your myWCU account

    • Use the drop-down menu under "Faculty Quick Links" and click "View My Advisees"
    • Click on "View Student Details"
    • Click on Degree Progress Report
  • Learn what you and your advisees should discuss at an advising meeting?
  • Suggested topics of discussion are listed on the Tips for Advisors page.

  • Learn how you can help students avoid common mistakes?
  • The most common problems are not achieving 120 credits and not taking classes in the proper sequence. View our Tips for Advisors to learn more.

  • Know what is expected of you as an advisor?
  • Good advising is a shared responsibility in which advisors and advisees collaborate to help students achieve their aims. Learn more about your responsibilities in this process.

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VIRTUAL ADVISOR QUESTION
of the week

  • Why do I have to see my advisor before I schedule classes?

    The primary reason you must see your advisor is to have an engaged discussion about your academic progress, goals and career path. During this meeting, your advisor will help you make good academic decisions so you can graduate in a timely manner. In addition to discussing your academic progress, you can talk about programs such as internships and study abroad, graduate school opportunities, and learn about resources to help you succeed, such as the Learning Assistance Resource Center (LARC) for tutoring or Department of Counseling & Psychological Services for personal problems. At the conclusion of your advising meeting, your advisor will lift the “advisor hold” to allow you to register beginning on your assigned date. This means you should contact your advisor for a meeting (however he or she wants to be contacted) before this date.

    Registration for Spring (and Winter) classes will begin in several weeks – be alert for more Virtual Advisors on this topic.

  • How do I make an appointment with my academic advisor?

    To schedule an appointment with your advisor, you should log on to your MyWCU page to find your advisor’s name and contact information. Ask how they set up appointments. Your advisor may prefer that you email them your availability; others use an online scheduling site; others prefer a phone call; and still others ask you to sign up on sheet placed on their office door. Use the preferred method to schedule an appointment with your advisor at least one week before your scheduling date listed on your MyWCU page. All undergraduate students must meet with their academic advisors at least once per semester to discuss their academic progress and plans for the following semester. Remember that you can also see your College academic coordinator for some advising support.

  • What is a Degree Progress Report, or DPR?

    The DPR is an easy way of tracking your progress towards completing the requirements of your major(s) and minor(s). You can access this tool from the center link on your MyWCU home page. The DPR helps you to map the requirements of your major that have been fulfilled and learn more about what courses you should take to meet other requirements of your program. Use the DPR in conjunction with the advising sheets and/or handbook for your major and minor programs. You should consult with your academic advisor to check the information printed on your DPR and to discuss anything on it you do not understand.

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