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Academic Advising

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


High School Guidance Counselor vs. University Advisor

All new WCU students will receive support from their academic advisors. However, this support is different from what students coming from high school may expect, because the advisor's job is different from that of a high school guidance counselor. Learn more by viewing our comparison table .

Advising Timeline

You must see your advisor at least once per semester to discuss your Student Timeline. This includes progress to graduation, identifying potential obstacles, learning about opportunities, and preparing to schedule classes. That meeting should occur at least a week before your scheduling date, and advisors should not lift your advising hold without a meeting.

How Advisors are Assigned

Departments across campus assign their advisors to advisees in different ways - some do it by program, some do it by type of student, many try to distribute advisees equitably and do not assign advisees to new faculty. Students who have not yet chosen majors are assigned to a faculty advisor in the Pre-Major Department. Students who want to enter a business major are assigned to a program counselor in the Pre-Business Center until they have completed their pre-requisites, and other first-year students may be assigned to academic coordinators who work closely with faculty.

Contacting Your Advisor

Contact your advisor through his/her preferred method. Some ask you to email them; some use online appointment software; some request that you sign up on a sign-up sheet at their office. If they don't tell you, just ask them!

Title IX

Students and advisors can help those who believe they may have been victimized sexually or have been accused of sexual misconduct by consulting these Sexual Misconduct resources. Students should know that all faculty must report to the Office of Social Equity any incidents of sexual misconduct (unless they were noted during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for a class, or as part of a University-approved research project). If students do not want this information reported under the student’s name, s/he can speak to employees with confidential exemption: