What is Advising Day?
Advising Day is the beginning of the official Advising and Registration period each semester. While youcan meet with your advisor at any point during the Advising and Registration period to plan for next semester's classes, you are strongly encouraged to attend the activities your academic department may have scheduled during Advising Day. Some academic departments hold group advising sessions with individual questions and issues addressed afterward while others host informal social gatherings allowing advisors the opportunity to better connect with their advisees.
How do I find out who my advisor is?
Log into MyCat and choose the "Personal Services" tab followed by the "Student" tab. On the "Student" menu, choose "Student Records" followed by "View Student Status." If you are prompted to select a term, select the current term. Your primary advisor should be displayed.
Now that I know who my advisor is, how would I contact him/her?
From the Contact WCU page, there is a link to the WCU faculty and staff directory. You will need to look up your advisor's contact information in it.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare?You should review your Degree Audit/Evaluation (instructions here) available in your MyCat account prior to any advising sessions. By reviewing your Degree Audit/Evaluation before you go to an advising session, you will be better prepared to discuss what courses you need to take to finish your degree program and graduate on time.
You can then print out an eight-semester plan worksheet in order to plan when to take particular courses.
What if I haven't declared my major?
Don't worry! You have until you have earned 45 hours to declare and the staff of the Advising Center, Honors College, or Student Support Services can help. Be sure to make an appointment with your advisor early so you'll have plenty of time to consider your options before your registration day.
What is my department doing?
Each department does something a little different on Advising Day. Find your major below to see what activities they have planned for Advising Day.
Are there other activities on Advising Day?Yes, activities by academic department will appear below as they become available.
ADVISING DAY EVENTS
International Studies will be holding a mandatory advising meeting on October 28th in Stillwell 425 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.
MATHEMATICS & COMPUTER SCIENCE
Departmental faculty advisors will be available for making individual appointments students.
We will have a general advising session from 8:30-9:30am on Advising Day for Music Education students in CO 357.
PARKS & RECREATION MANAGEMENT
On Advising Day, PRM will be holding our annual all PRM majors meeting in Reid 132 from 10:00 – 11:00. We will discuss PRM classes for spring and have students sign up for advising times. We will begin our advising session in the afternoon.
PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION
PAR will have a mandatory meeting for all majors, with pizza at 11:30 am and a short Q&A session noon-12:30. Majors should make appointments with their advisors at other times during the day; minors who need advising or who are considering upgrading to a major are encouraged make an appointment with Dr. Whitmire.
POLITICAL SCIENCE & PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The Department will be holding a Mandatory Advising Day Meeting for our majors on October 28th in Stillwell 425 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Students will be able to come and meet others from the department, eat pizza, ask questions about classes and requirements, and get to know their professors better.