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.



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Forsyth 101 at 4:00 - 5:00 pm


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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!


9:00 am  --  Mandatory advising session for all sophomore AT students fully admitted into the major will be held in HHSB 353.
1:00 pm  --  Mandatory advising session for all junior AT students fully admitted into the major will be held in HHSB 353.

All other advisees need to sign up for a time outside his/her advisor's office. Most likely, these times will not be on Advising Day. Instructions will be sent to each advisee from his/her advisor.


9:00 am

11:00 am  
12:00 am
Group Advising with light refreshments:
with Drs. Heather Coan and Barbara Ballentine in NS 1. 

Sophomore: with Drs. Joe Bill Mathews and Jessica Moore in NS 1.

Junior and Senior: with Dr. Tom Martin in NS 1. 
10:30 - Regular one-on-one advising for students in faculty offices. Please contact your advisor or sign up for appointments at their office.
6:00 pm  Natural History Quiz in NS 1.  We will be providing pizza and drinks as well as giving away great prizes.  All are welcome.


The Department of Communication will have a morning advising meeting in 1 Natural Science building from 10:00 am - 11:00 am.


The B.M. Commercial & Electronic Music program will have group advising sessions from 10:00 am - 12:00 in CO 357.


CSD will have group advising for undergraduates at 10:00 am and graduates at 11:00 am in HHS 209.


Construction Management will hold group advising in Belk 263 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.


Attendance is mandatory for all CJ majors

Students must bring a printed copy of your current detail degree audit, obtainable through MYCAT and a tentative schedule.

Additional individual advisement appointments
will not be made during the remainder of this week (except to follow up on Advisement Day sessions) and PINs will not be released to students who miss their session.

Find your scheduled session below by locating your designated advisor….

  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

Note: With over 700 majors in the department and virtually all classes filling to capacity, it is critical that you attend your advising session and enroll for your classes at the earliest date available to you. Sections availability is strictly on a first-come, first-serve basis. If a class that is high priority to you is filled, you should register on the waitlist.


Students should schedule individual appointments with their assigned advisor using GradesFirst (  


Faculty will be meeting individually with advisees.


Special Event: The English Department will host a "Happy Hour" for English majors in Illusions on Feb 19th from 3:00 - 5:30.
For Advising Day, students should make contact with their faculty advisors to schedule an appointment.  


Mandatory advising sessions will be held in Forsyth 101:
B.S.E. degrees should meet at 8:30 am or 2:30 pm.
B.S.B.A. degrees should meet at 10:30 am.


Individual advising: ES majors should make an appointment with their advisors.


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 lunch meeting for all history majors in the 2nd floor lounge of McKee from 12:00-1:00. Students should respond to the forthcoming email invitation if they plan to attend.


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


International Studies will be holding a mandatory advising meeting with refreshments in Stillwell 425 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.


The Global Management department will have open advising sessions from 9:30-11:00 and 1:00-3:00 in Forsyth 329.


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


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


  • All students should sign up for an appointment with their advisor. 

  • Students who will have completed < 45 credits by the end of this semester must attend the mandatory group advising session at 8:00 AM in room 149 Stillwell, and are required to meet with their advisor later that day.

  • Students who will have completed > 45 credits by the end of this semester must attend the mandatory group advising session at 8:00 AM in room 150 Stillwell, and are required to meet with their advisor later that day.

  • Students who will graduate in December 2015 do not need to attend a group advising session, but are required to meet with their advisor.


Group advising will be held in HHS 175 for the following:

  • Juniors - 8:30 - 9:15 am 
  • Pre-ND majors applying to the program Fall 2015 - 9:30 - 11:00 am
  • All other Pre-ND majors NOT eligible for program admission for Fall 2015 will be from 12:00 - 4:00.  


All current and prospective PRM majors are required to attend this meeting from 10:00-11:00 in Reid 132. We will discuss course registration for summer and fall semesters and other issues relating to the PRM program.


PAR will have a mandatory meeting for all majors, with pizza at 11:30 am and a short Q&A session noon-12:30, in the departmental office, ST 226. 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. And the optional Alumni Vocational Talk is by Katie Rath (Class of 2009) from 1-2 pm in ST 225.


The Department will be holding a Mandatory Advising Day Meeting for our majors on February 24th 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.


Faculty advisors will be meeting with students via set appointment times.


Majors should sign up for a one-on-one appointment with their assigned advisor (Hinton or Connolly) and plan to meet in their office (304 or 302).

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

8:30 - 9:15 am Pre-majors with < 18 credit hours
9:30 - 10:45 am Pre-majors with 19-34 credit hours
11:00 - 12:15 pm Pre-majors with 35-51 credit hours
1:00 - 2:15 pm Pre-majors with 52-68 credit hours 
2:30 - 4:00 pm Pre-majors with > 69 credit hours


The WCU Department of Social Work will host an Advising Day Meeting on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in HHSB Room 349 beginning at 9:00 a.m. This meeting is required for Pre-Social Work majors, but students who have already been accepted into the BSW Program are also welcome to attend. Dr. Josie Crolley-Simic is the contact person for this event. You may reach her at if you have any questions or concerns.


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


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