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Advisement Center

First Time Freshmen

Professional Advisement
Schedule an Appointment Our team of professional advisors are here to acclimate students to a new campus, new culture, and new beginnings to make lifelong friendships, develop new perspectives, and become socially conscious members of our University community.

Advisors are assigned to Exploratory Studies students by the student’s last name. All advisors have the knowledge and skills to provide our students with detailed information on each program offered at Western. During your advisement meetings, your Advisor will discuss general education competency requirements, major specific requirements, and University requirements related to the majors you designate as areas of interest. We provide guidance to all First Time Freshmen students as they transition from high school to college.

The Exploratory Studies Major

Students in the Exploratory Studies/ Undecided major are able to work with their advisor to explore different majors by taking courses that will expose them to different areas of study. Advisors take students placement scores, aptitude, and goals into account when working with students on course selection. Courses are then recommended that would help students experience the major but also fulfill graduation requirements, managing coursework so that students stay on track for graduation.

The 120 credit Exploratory Studies major consists of the following:

  • University Requirements & Standards
  • General Education Competency Requirements (13 competency requirements)
  • General Education Course Requirements (WRT 101, and 37 credits outside major)
  • General Education Exploration (80 credits)

Exploratory Studies students are encouraged to declare their formal major as soon as they feel comfortable, but ideally before they earn 60 credits.

Exploratory Major Pathways Program

The Advisement Center’s Exploratory Major Pathways program helps to further support incoming students who are also undecided on a particular major. This program provides students with a plan of courses in one of four designated pathways. This program helps to provide clarification and direction to our Exploratory Studies/Undecided students with the same high level of contact and support our students have come to expect and deserve from the Advisement Center.

Please view the Exploratory Major Pathways website for more details on this program.

First Year Program

All First Time WCSU students are enrolled in the First Year Program which is designed to help high school students make a smooth transition into college. The program has modules that acclimate all students to the physical, virtual, and procedural climate at Western. All students will need to complete a FY designated course in their first year as a WCSU student, your advisor will help you register for this requirement during your first or second semester.

Find more information on the First Year Program website.

First Time Freshman Schedules

All WCSU First Time Freshmen are pre-registered for the Fall Semester. Exploratory Studies students are given the opportunity to participate in the Guided Pathways program to enhance course selection, which allows their professional advisor to select courses from within the cluster of interest selected by the student.

Schedules are composed of foundational courses, university and program requirements, as well as General Education Exploration courses, which are meant to expose students to new disciplines of study. Every course listed on a students schedule fulfills a university requirement and is purposefully selected for students based on recommendations from Faculty within each major.

Placement Testing

Students who received a notice in the Arrive in 5 packet indicating their need to take a Math or Writing placement test, should plan to register for an exam as soon as possible. We cannot register students for foundational courses unless we have placement test information. Information on how to register for the exams can be found on the Placement Testing website or by contacting the Admission Office.

Schedule Adjustments

We encourage students to resist the urge to make any adjustments to their schedules until they have attended the first day of class. We will assist the student make adjustments during the Add/Drop period. Students must request an appointment with a professional advisor to make any adjustments to their schedule. We cannot make adjustments after the end of Add/Drop, please view the Academic Calendar for deadlines.

    • Review  schedules for work or other time conflicts
    • Adjustments can be made during the first week of classes, also known as the Add/Drop period
    • Take a virtual or live campus tour to locate classroom buildings and do a walk through of your schedule before classes begin

Important Information & Links

All incoming & current students should access their BannerWeb, DegreeWorks, BlackBoard, and Student Email accounts often to ensure you’re getting important information from your professors, your advisor, and other important university announcements.

BannerWeb Student Self-ServicetextStudent Information Portal

Access all student enrollment information, Degree Works to manage your degree progress, find schedule information,  view unofficial transcript, view midterm and final grades, BannerWeb course registration portal, use Parchment to request official transcripts, access the TouchNet billing portal, process your financial requirements, view your annual tax information, and so much more!

Current Academic Calendar
Current Academic Calendar Link
Plan your semester 

You will find important dates that will help you plan and be on time for making adjustments to your schedule,  setting up plans to study for midterms & final exams, registering for your classes, and any days off from class! It is important to meet deadlines for many university processes, getting familiar with the calendar is an important part of being a student at Western.

 Follett BookstoreFind textbooks & materials for your courses

WCSU Follett Bookstore has a physical and virtual storefront where you can purchase merchandise and course related materials as requested by your professor each semester. Textbooks are available as new, used, rental, or digital formats. Follett also had a buyback option for textbooks at the end of each semester. Parents & families can purchase care packages & gift cards for their student and even WCSU Spirit items, such as apparel, decals, and mugs to show support and pride for their student.

WestConnect Card ServicesUnlock access to WCSU with your WCSU Student ID

All students, faculty, and staff will need to use their WCSU ID to access buildings, computer labs, printing, parking areas, meal plans, and residence halls as assigned. Access to University buildings and rooms is limited to individuals assigned to those areas for safety precautions. For information on how to set up your student ID and information on what it is used for, please visit the WestConnect Office site.

WCSU Office365 & OutlookWCSU Student User, Email & Office 365 accounts

You will receive an email notice to the email account you provided with your admission application with your WCSU User Account  and the steps to guide you through setting up your password. Your WCSU Username is your unique user name and identification for the many technology resources you will use during your academic experience. This account will grant you access to your Student Windows Account, Student Banner Account, Student Blackboard Account, and Student Email Account, as well as several other accounts. If you are unsure what your account information is please contact the IT&I Service Desk at 203-837-8467 or at requestIT@wcsu.edu.


WCSU Blackboard LearnLearning Management System for all WCSU Courses

Use your WCSU Username & Password to log into Blackboard Learn to access the virtual accompaniment to your WCSU courses. This learning management system allows students to access academic materials online in order to accomplish their scholarly goals. With Blackboard Learn, it is possible to provide the following online: take assessments, submit assignments, chat with classmates  & professors, use the whiteboard, have  discussions, share content files, access media libraries, find your syllabus, complete learning modules, share URLs, view the course calendar, get course announcements and course mail.