Advisement Center

Frequently Asked Questions

WHY DO I NEED AN ADVISOR?

Prior to registering for classes, students must meet with their academic advisor to ensure that they are taking courses that fulfill their requirements. If you wish to register online, you must receive a registration PIN from your advisor.

Besides assisting you with course registration and planning, advisors are here to help you get the most out of your time at WCSU. They are able to assist when you have questions about academic policies and procedures or when you need help locating other helpful resources on campus.

WHY SHOULD I GO TO THE ADVISEMENT CENTER AND WHAT CAN THE ADVISORS IN THE ADVISEMENT CENTER DO FOR ME?

Often students come to Western uncertain about what major they want to explore, so they are matriculated as Exploratory Studies students. If you have not yet declared an academic major you are considered an Exploratory Studies student and you can drop by the Advisement Center in Old Main 202 or call 203-837-8397 to make an appointment to meet with one of the professional staff advisors.

The professional staff advisors in the Advisement Center are available to:

    • Assist you in selecting and registering for courses that meet both general education requirements and allow you to explore various fields of study that may help you decide upon a major area of study
    • Provide accurate and up-to-date information about programs and services as well as policies and procedures at the University
    • Assist students in assessing academic strengths and interests that will lead to the declaration of a major
    • Refer you to other academic departments and university services

DO I HAVE TO DO ANYTHING BEFORE I SEE MY ADVISOR? IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD BRING WITH ME?

Because successful academic advisement depends upon the relationship between you and your advisor, you should:

    • Make an appointment to see your advisor when you have questions or need assistance. Appointments ensure that the advisor is available and that s/he can devote a block of time entirely to you
    • Arrive on time to your appointments with your advisor. If you cannot keep your appointment, call to reschedule.
    • Bring your program sheet, a recent copy of your transcript and a list of any questions you may have. Being prepared will save time for both you and your advisor.

WHEN AND HOW SHOULD I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE MY ADVISOR?

You should make an appointment to see your academic advisor when you want to plan for your next semester, when you have questions about academic policies and procedures, or when you need help locating other resources on campus. Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule an appointment. If you plan ahead, you can be sure that your advisor will have time to devote to you and your concerns. You can make an appointment with your advisor in three ways: by phone, via email, or in person.

WHAT IS A PROGRAM SHEET? HOW DO I GET ONE?

All matriculated students have a program sheet which outlines courses you must take to fulfill your academic requirements. Think of your program sheet as a roadmap towards your academic goals. As you take courses at the university, you and your advisor will work with the program sheet to indicate your progress and determine which requirements you still need to fulfill.

Students should have received a program sheet from the Admissions Office if they transferred credits to Western from another school. This program sheet will indicate courses that will be taken at Western and those already completed.

You may access your program sheet online through your Banner account by clicking on the “Degree Works” link. Using Degree Works, you can see where your current and past courses are applied to your current program. You may also view where your progress would stand in other programs by clocking on the “What-if” tab.

HOW CAN I GET A COPY OF MY TRANSCRIPT?

You can get an unofficial copy of your transcript by logging onto WestConnduit.wcsu.edu. Click on “Student Services” and then “Academic Transcript” to download your records. An official copy of your academic transcript can be obtained through a written request from the Registrar’s Office. Please log on to www.wcsu.edu/registrar, for more information.

DO I HAVE TO SEE MY ADVISOR TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES, EVEN IF I KNOW WHAT I WANT TO TAKE?

Yes. You must schedule an appointment to see your advisor prior to registration to ensure that you’re taking courses that fulfill your requirements. Also, you will need your advisor’s signature on a course selection card or your advisor’s PIN for online registration.

CAN I JUST CALL THE ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT CENTER AND GET MY REGISTRATION PIN OVER THE PHONE, OR STOP BY AND PICK IT UP?

Sorry – Advisors can’t simply hand out PIN’s prior to a consultation regarding your course schedule. Although ultimately you are responsible for your own educational decisions, it is the advisor’s obligation to help you stay on the right track.