Advising Center
Advising Day

FiFbannnerAdvising Day is the beginning of the official Advising and Registration period each semester. While you can 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.

Click the [+] to view FAQ answers:
[+] [-]  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.  Contact your advisor to inquire about making an appointment.  

If your advisor is located in the Advising Center, Honors College, Student Support Services, or TRACS Office, you can make an appointment with them using GradesFirst at

[+] [-]  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.



Finding Career Success in any Economy: Through Internships and Beyond
by Dr. Robert Lahm
Forsyth 101 at 4:00 - 5:00 pm


The Advising Center will be open 8:00-5:00 pm with music, popcorn, and all kinds of great advice, including questions about registration, majors, minors, courses, and other general topics.  Advisors will have appointment times for their undeclared advisees, but those will go fast! (Keep in mind, if you are undeclared, you need meet with your advisor before your registration date.) Check GradesFirst ( for appointment availability. Come enjoy morning or afternoon refreshments!


For sophomores already provisionally admitted into the AT Program and planning to apply for full admission in December, your MANDATORY group advising session is: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 9:00 am in HHS 353. Please make sure you bring a copy of your degree audit (in color!) and tentative schedule.


8:30 - 9:30 am Freshman group advising:   Dr. Greg Adkison-ST 210; Dr. Barbara Ballentine- ST 150; Dr. Indi Bose-ST 125; Dr. Kefyn Catley-ST 215; Dr. Heather Coan- ST 149; Dr. Beverly Collins-ST 253; Dr. Jeremy Hyman-NS 102; Dr. Joe Bill Mathews-NS 1; Dr. Tom Martin-ST 148; Dr. Kathy Mathews- ST 254; Dr. Jessica Moore-NS 123; Dr. Sean O’Connell-NS 125; Dr. Joe Pechmann- NS 108; Dr. Mack Powell- NS 118; Dr. Sabine Rundle- NS 308; Dr. Anjana Sharma- ST 219; Dr. Bob Shetlar- ST 425
9:30 - 10:30 am Concurrent group advising sessions with light refreshments:
- Pre-Health Professional conc. --> Emily Sharpe, Heather Coan, Joe Bill Mathews, & Anjana Sharma in NS 1.
- Ecology and Evolution conc. --> Beverly Collins, Barbara Ballentine, Joe Pechmann, & Tom Martin in NS 118.
- Molecular Biology conc., incl Bioinformatics --> Bob Youker, Jessica Moore, Bob Shetlar, & Tim Driscoll in ST 125
10:00 - 11:00 am Science Education group advising:  Kefyn Catley in ST 215
10:30 --  Regular one-on-one advising for students in faculty offices. 
6:00 - 8:00 pm  Natural History Quiz game and free pizza in NS 1 with Joe Bill Mathews, Barbara Ballentine, and Jeremy Hyman.


Faculty advisors Melissa English, Janet Ford, Sally Waters, Lorrie Willey & Jayne Zanglein will be available for advising in Forsyth 101 Auditorium. (Please note: Debra Burke advisees need to contact Dr. Burke directly for advising.)  Attendance is mandatory.
Majors must attend at the appropriate times indicated below and are required to be prepared with the following: 1) A proposed course schedule with alternate course options for Spring. 2) A printed degree audit.  (See instructions here)

Sophomores & newly declared majors 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Juniors & Seniors 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


The B.M. Commercial & Electronic Music program will have group advising on Tuesday 28 October at 10:00 am in CO 357.


The Department of Communication will have it’s Advising Day Picnic from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the picnic grounds adjacent to the softball fields.

Meeting for all majors at 4:00 pm; dinner prepared by the faculty at 5:00 pm.


Undergraduate Advising session for majors will be held at 10:00 am in HHS 204.


Construction Management will be conducting group advising in Belk 263 from 9:30am – 11:30am and again from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.


Attendance is mandatory for all majors! Students must bring a current detail degree audit, obtainable through MyCat, and two copies of their tentative schedule. Additional individual advisement appointments will not be made.

  8:30 - 10:00 am    10:30 - 12:00 pm
Belk 323 Brown & Burgason Vaske
Belk 305 Sefiha Briggs & Cline
Belk 304 Kopak Hawley
Belk 409 Caravelis & Hughes Mason


Faculty advisors have appointment sign-up sheets posted on their office doors.


English department faculty advisors will be available for student advising appointments. Contact your advisor for an appointment.

Happy Hour! Interested in becoming an English major? On October 23 (prior to Advising Day) the department will host a happy hour (with coffee and bagels) from 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm in the UC (Illusions).


Mandatory advising sessions will be held in Forsyth 305:
B.S.E. degrees should meet at 9:00 am or 2:00 pm.
B.S.B.A. degrees should meet at 11:00 am.


  1. Group advising and drop-ins for general advising and reminders from 9:00 - noon in ST 322.
  2. Program from 10:00-11:00 am (ST 322): Panel discussion presented by ES majors who had
    summer environmental internships.
  3. Individual advising: ES majors should make an appointment with their advisors.


All students, including honors college students and student athletes will be seen on advising day (not before). Please bring a copy of your degree audit and proposed schedule when you come for advising. You DO NOT need to make an appointment. If you fail to attend your session on Advising Day, you WILL NOT be granted an appointment until after Thanksgiving Break.

Please attend on Tuesday, October 28th in Stillwell Room 115 during one of the following times:

9:00 - 10:00 am Honors College Students and Student Athletes (regardless of classification)
10:00 - 11:00 am All SENIORS having earned >90 credit hours (unless you are graduating this semester)
11:00 - 12:00 pm All JUNIORS having earned 60 - 90 credit hours
1:30 - 2:30 pm All SOPHOMORES having earned 30 - 59 credit hours 
2:30 - 3:30 pm

3:30 - 4:30 pm

All FRESHMAN - CHEMISTRY CONCENTRATION having earned <30 credit hours 

All FRESHMAN - BIOLOGY CONCENTRATION having earned <30 credit hours 

*Please check your degree audit to determine the number of credit hours you have earned. You can include courses in progress this semester in your credit hour tally.


The geology program will have a mandatory advising meeting from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in ST 322 for geology and earth science education majors. At the meeting, faculty will discuss the spring schedule, degree planning, and planning for a career and/or graduate school. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Majors should make individual appointments with their advisors at other times during the day.


The history department will host a pizza-and-information session on majoring in history for all interested students. We will talk about the program, career possibilities, and the skills and habits of mind fostered by the study of history. Students interested in social science education are also welcome.  It will be held in McKee 210 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.


Faculty advisors will have sign-up sheets on their doors for individual student appointment times.


International Studies will be holding a mandatory advising meeting on October 28th in Stillwell 425 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.


Can meet with their advisors in Forsyth 329 from 9:30-11:00 am or from 1:00-3:00 pm. They should bring a copy of their degree audit to the advising session.


Faculty advisors will have sign-up sheets on their doors for individual student appointment times.


Departmental faculty advisors will be available for individual student appointments.


Students should email their advisor to make an Advising Day appointment. At that appointment, they will receive their ALT-PIN. All of our advisors are here on Advising Day, so there are plenty of open slots for appointments.


We will have a general advising session from  8:30-9:30 am on Advising Day for Music Education students in CO 357.


NRCM will hold a general advising session for new majors and/or majors who need help navigating the preregistration process from 8:00 to 9:00 am in ST 354. Majors should make individual appointments with their advisors at other times during the day.


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 will have a mandatory meeting for all majors, with pizza at 11:30 am and a short Q&A session noon-12:30 pm. 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.


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.


The department will be holding two mandatory Advising Day sessions (for last names beginning with A-P, session begins at 8:30 am in HHS 204. For last names beginning with Q-Z, session begins at 1:00 pm in HHS 209). Students should bring a charged laptop, a copy of their degree audit/evaluation, and a tentative schedule for spring classes.


Faculty advisors will have sign-up sheets on their doors for individual student appointment times.


Group advising sessions for pre-majors at the following times in HHS 313 :

8:30 - 10:00 am Pre-majors with < 18 credit hours
10:15 - 12:00 am Pre-majors with 19-34 credit hours
12:30 - 2:00 pm Pre-majors with 35-51 credit hours
2:00 - 3:30 pm Pre-majors with 52-68 credit hours 
3:30 - 5:00 pm Pre-majors with > 69 credit hours


The Social Work department will be holding a meeting from 9:00 am - 10:00 am in HHSB Room 349.


Sport Management faculty members will be available to advise students from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In Forsyth 115.  Students do not need to sign up for an advising appointment but must visit during the appropriate block of time listed below.  
Students are required to be prepared with the following:  1) A proposed course schedule with alternate course options for Spring.  2) A printed degree audit.  (See instructions here)

Freshmen & Sophomores 9:00 am – 11:00 am    
Juniors & Seniors 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


SSS will be serving hot cider, coffee, tea and donuts for students. Advising packets will be given out to undeclared students in the program.


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