Academic advising is important for all WSU degree seeking students and perhaps particularly for students pursuing their degree online. Your academic consultant will work with you to help you achieve your academic goals, and provide guidance about your ideal course load.
Other issues your academic consultant can help you with:
- Course petitions and evaluations
- Changes to your academic progress report or registration
- Life issues getting in the way of your studies
- Explanations of department/University regulations pertaining to your degree
Find out who to contact for all other questions or concerns.
When you contact your academic consultant:
- Have a copy of your academic progress report (APR) if you are a new student.
- If you must leave a phone message, leave your name, daytime phone number with area code, WSU ID number and a brief message. Please speak slowly and clearly!
Your academic consultant will make two attempts to return your call within the next business day, but if you haven’t connected during that time, please call again.
Advising Holds and When to Request Academic Advising
To ensure that you are taking courses that successfully fulfill your degree requirements, WSU policy requires that every undergraduate student complete a one-time new student orientation program, and meet with an academic advisor each semester prior to registration—Online students usually "meet” with their academic consultants via email or telephone. To support this policy, an advising hold is placed on every undergraduate student’s registration each semester.
Until the advising hold is lifted you will not be able to register for courses.
The University may place other holds on your registration that you must take action on before being allowed to register.
How to have your advising hold lifted:
- Your First Semester
- Follow the instructions in your welcome packet to sign up for the WSU required new student orientation course (Access Online - AO 99) in Angel.
- Once you have successfully completed AO 99, contact your academic consultant to review your Academic Progress Report (APR) and discuss the courses you wish to take.
- Your academic consultant will determine if you must complete the upper-division writing portfolio general education requirement.
- After your advising session, your academic consultant will remove your advising hold.
- You will then be able to register for courses during your registration appointment time. To find out when you can register, go to the zzusis Student Center and look for the Enrollment Dates section at the bottom of the right hand column. Your unique registration date will be listed there.
- Subsequent Semesters
In subsequent semesters, to have your advising hold lifted and gain access to the registration system, you must:
- Find out when you can register. Go to your zzusis Student Center and look for the Enrollment Dates section at the bottom of the right hand column. Your unique registration date will be listed there.
- Before your registration date, take some time to determine what courses you would like to take that follow your degree plan.
- Shop for courses in your zzusis Student Center, and add courses to your shopping cart.
- Contact your academic consultant for an appointment.
- Review your zzusis shopping cart with your academic consultant and discuss the courses you wish to take.