Advising Day

Advising Day marks the beginning of the official Advising and Registration period. No classes are held on this day so that academic departments and their faculty advisors can assist students in planning for next semester's classes and provide the Alt PIN required for registration. Many departments have students schedule appointments to meet one on one with their primary advisor on that day or during that week. Some departments hold group advising sessions, while others host informal social gatherings. There are even a few departments that have a mandatory attendance policy for Advising Day activities.

Departmental instructions and events for Advising Day will be posted below.
Check your catamount email for Advising Day information from your department or advisor.

Preparing for an advising meeting

  • Your " primary" advisor is the only advisor who is authorized to give you an Alt PIN for registration.
  • Go to the How To Instructions page to find the name and contact information for your primary advisor.
  • Run and review your Degree Audit/Evaluation ( How To Instructions ) prior to your advising session. This report shows what coursework and other requirements must still be met in order to complete your degree and graduate. Some major departments require that students bring a copy of this report with them to the advising session.
  • Use an 8-Semester Plan Worksheet to assist you in planning when to take particular courses. 
  • Use a Schedule Adjustment Grid to help lay out your weekly class schedule.

Major changes prior to Advising Day

  • If you plan on changing your major, do so well before Advising Day or you may not be able to get your Alt PIN in time to register by your Registration Day.
  • Go to the How To Instructions page to learn how to declare or change your major.

Advising Day Instructions for Each Undergraduate Major

(alphabetical listing for Cullowhee-based programs only)

HONORS STUDENTS:
NON-HONORS UNDECLARED STUDENTS: Will need to schedule an appointment with their Professional Advisor within the Advising Center prior to their registration date. Emails will be sent to students’ catamount account with more information.

ACCOUNTING

Students need to contact their Faculty Advisor within the College of Business, for instructions.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Law at 828-227-3383.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Mandatory Meeting:
11AM-1PM
McKee 110

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at 828-227-7268.

ART

Students need to meet with their Faculty Advisor on Advising Day. Students need to check their Catamount email for instructions on how to schedule a meeting with their Faculty Advisor.
 
*For more details and instructions, call the School of Art & Design at 828-227-7210.

ART, B.S.ED

Students need to meet with their Faculty Advisor on Advising Day. Students need to check their Catamount email for instructions on how to schedule a meeting with their Faculty Advisor.  

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Art & Design at 828-227-7210.

ATHLETIC TRAINING

Mandatory Meetings:

Sophomores formally admitted into the AT program:
9:00 in HHSB 353. 

Juniors formally admitted into the AT program:
1:30 in HHSB 353.

All students not formally admitted into the program will need to sign up to meet with his/her respective faculty advisors (mostly likely not on advising day).

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Health Sciences at 828-227-7113.

BIOLOGY

Mandatory Meeting:

Group Advising by Concentrations
8:30-9:30 AM
Ecology & Evolution = ST 253
Molecular Biology = ST 254
Pre-Health = NS 1
General Bio = Pick one of the above

All students must also sign up to meet with their Faculty Advisor one-on-one to receive Alt.Pin

Natural History Quiz (hosted by the Biology club)
6:00PM in NS1
Free Pizza & Great Prizes!

 

* For more details and instructions, call the Biology Department.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION & LAW

Students need to contact their Faculty Advisor within the College of Business, for instructions.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Law at 828-227-3383.

CHEMISTRY

Mandatory Meeting:
12:30-1:30
Stillwell 437

The Department will be providing pizza & drinks!
No laptops or other items will be needed.


Students will need to schedule an individual meetings with their Faculty Advisor to receive their Summer/Fall Alt Pin.

 

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Chemistry & Physics at 828-227-7260.

COMMUNICATION

Mandatory Meeting
10:00 am
Natural Science Auditorium, NS-1

In addition to information on summer and fall classes for Broadcasting, Broadcast Sales, Journalism, and Public Relations, the department will discuss it’s newest concentration, Health Communication.  All Communication students are required to attend, prospective students are welcome to attend.
*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Communication at 828-227-7482.

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES & DISORDERS

CSD will hold group advising sessions in HHS 209.
- Undergraduates - 10:00 a.m.
- Graduates - 11:00 a.m.

*For more details and instructions, call the Communication Sciences & Disorders.

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

The Math and Computer Science Department will host a faculty-student Math Jeopardy contest on Advising Day 12:00-1:00 pm in ST 448.  We will have pizza for the students.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Law at 828-227-3383.

COMPUTER SCIENCE

The Math and Computer Science Department will host a faculty-student Math Jeopardy contest on Advising Day 12:00-1:00 pm in ST 448.  We will have pizza for the students.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at 828-227-7245.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

The Construction Management Department will be meeting as a department to do advising in Belk 263 until 12:00 pm.
Any arrangements after 12:00 pm must be made directly with the professor/advisor.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Construction Management at 828-227-2201.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Mandatory for ALL students

Students must bring a printed copy of their 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….

Dr. Brown : 8:00-10:00, Belk 323
Dr. Sefiha : 8:00-10:00, Belk 409
Dr. Kopak : 8:00-10:00, Belk 304
Dr. Caravelis : 8:00-10:00, Belk 305
Dr. Vaske & Mr. Morgan : 10:30-12:30, Belk 323
Dr. Youstin & Dr. Briggs : 10:30-12:30, Belk 409
Dr. Hansen : 10:30-12:30, Belk 304
Dr. Mason  : 10:30-12:30, Belk 305

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at 828-227-2172.

ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Engineering and Technology at 828-227-2775.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Students in Engineering+Technology should contact their advisor to arrange an advising appointment if not invited through GradesFirst.


*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Engineering and Technology at 828-227-2775. 

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION, B.S.ED.

*For more details and instructions, please call the School of Teaching & Learning at 227-7108.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE

Students are required to meet with their EMC Faculty individually on Advising Day.
Students need to follow the instructions communicated to them via their faculty advisor about scheduling advising appointments.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Health Sciences at 828-227-7113.

ENGINEERING (Mechanical, Manufacturing, & Electrical power concentrations)

Students in Engineering+Technology should contact their advisor to arrange an advising appointment if not invited through GradesFirst.


*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Engineering and Technology at 828-227-2775.

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Students in Engineering+Technology should contact their advisor to arrange an advising appointment if not invited through GradesFirst.


*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Engineering and Technology at 828-227-2775.

ENGLISH

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of English at 828-227-7264.

ENGLISH, B.S.ED.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of English at 828-227-7264.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP, B.S. Innovation leadership and entrepreneurship, B.S.B.A

Mandatory Meeting in Auditorium, Forsyth 101:
9:00 am  - BSE degrees
11:00 am - ILE (BSBA) degrees
2:00 pm - BSE degrees

 

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sport Management and Hospitality & Tourism at 828-227-7412.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Mandatory Meeting for all majors
1:00 pm
HHS 209

Meeting is required for majors and optional for those with an EH minor or interest.

Students can attend any session, but the degrees listed above will be the main focus of that session.
*For more details and instructions, call the School of Health Sciences at 828-227-7113.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Environmental Science majors should make an individual appointment with their ES advisor.  They should bring a tentative schedule, 2 year plan (if applicable), and degree audit to the advising session. Contact Beverly Collins (collinsb@email.wcu.edu) with questions.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Geosciences & Natural Resources at 828-227-7367.

FILM & TELEVISION PRODUCTION

Mandatory Meeting:
9:00-10:00am
Niggli Theatre
*For more details and instructions, call the School of Stage & Screen at 828-227-7491.

FINANCE

Students need to contact their Faculty Advisor within the College of Business, for instructions.


*For more details and instructions, call the School of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Law at 828-227-3383.

FORENSIC SCIENCE

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.

ALL FORENSIC SCIENCE STUDENTS (except seniors) ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AN INFORMATIONAL SESSION IN NS1 AT 3:00 PM THAT WILL COVER PROGRAM ENTRY, INTERNSHIPS, RESEARCH, and STUDY ABROAD. 


You 
DO NOT need to make an appointment.  Please show up on Tuesday, February 21st as follows:
Freshman & Sophomores:
9:00-10:30AM in FO 213

Juniors & Seniors:
Stillwell room 149. Juniors and seniors will be advised individually during the times below. This will be done on a first come, first served basis.
Chemistry Concentration = 11:00 - 12:30PM
Biology Concentration = 12:30 - 2:00PM
All Seniors = 2:00 - 3:00PM

No advising appointments will be honored before advising day. Additionally, if you fail to attend your session on advising day, you WILL NOT be granted an appointment until mid-April.

*For more details and instructions, call the Forensic Science Department at 828-227-7260

GEOLOGY

Mandatory Meeting for all Geology Students:
9:00-10:00 am
ST 322

Students should also schedule an individual appointment with their Faculty Advisors.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Geosciences & Natural Resources at 828-227-7367.

HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION, B.S.ED.

*For more details and instructions, please call the School of Teaching & Learning at 227-7108.

health Science, M.H.S.

Distance Program:
Program progress letters will be emailed to students including which courses are offered for the advising time semester. Faculty will make contact with students by phone, email, or Skype to discuss what courses they will wan to enroll in. 

 

Graduate students in the MHS dietetic internship program will be advised during a scheduled online Collaborate session on Monday, February 13th from 6:30 until 7:30 pm.  Dr. Brian Raming, MHS Program Director, will participate in the online session and be available to respond to student questions regarding MHS degree completion and course sequence.  

 

HISTORY

Mandatory Meeting:
12:00-1:00
McKee 209
There will be pizza, previews of fall 2017 courses, trivia, and their World Famous Course Cake!

* For more details and instructions, contact the History Department.

HOSPITALITY & TOURISM

Students need to contact their Faculty Advisor within the College of Business, for instructions.


*For more details and instructions, contact the Hospitality & Tourism Department.

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION, B.S.ED.

*For more details and instructions, please call the School of Teaching & Learning at 227-7108.

INTERIOR DESIGN

All Interior Design majors are required to meet with their Faculty Advisor individually on Advising Day.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Art & Design at 828-227-7210.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

Mandatory Meeting:
10:00 - 11:00am
Stillwell 425

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at 828-227-7475.

MANAGEMENT

Management majors need to meet with their faculty advisor in Forsyth 329 during drop-in hours.
*Students should bring a hard copy of their degree audit with them.
Drop-In Hours:
9:30-11:00 a.m.
1:00-3:30 p.m.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Economics, Management and Project Management at 828-227-7412.

MARKETING

Students need to contact their Faculty Advisor within the College of Business, for instructions.

*For more details and instructions, call the Marketing Department at 227-7412.

MATHEMATICS

The Math and Computer Science Department will host a faculty-student Math Jeopardy contest on Advising Day 12:00-1:00 pm in ST 448.  We will have pizza for the students.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at 828-227-7245.

MATHEMATICS, B.S.ED.

The Math and Computer Science Department will host a faculty-student Math Jeopardy contest on Advising Day 12:00-1:00 pm in ST 448.  We will have pizza for the students.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at 828-227-7245.

MIDDLE GRADES EDUCATION, B.S.ED.

*For more details and instructions, please call the School of Teaching & Learning at 227-7108.

MUSIC

Commercial and Electronic Music Program:
10:00am - noon
Coulter 357 (the choir room) 


*For more details and instructions, call the School of Music at 828-227-7242.

MUSIC EDUCATION, B.S.ED.

Music Education majors will meet directly with their Faculty Advisors. For more information, students will need to contact their Faculty Advisor.

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Music at 828-227-7242.

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION & MANAGEMENT

NRCM will be hosting an open advising session from 8:30 - 9:30 in ST 354 for students unfamiliar with the pre-registration process.  Students will schedule individual appointments with their advisors during the rest of the day.

*For more details and instructions, call the Natural Resources Conservation & Management Department.

NURSING

Mandatory Meeting:

Pre-Nursing
Last Names A-M =  9:00-10:00am, HHS 204
Last Names N-Z = 11:00 - 12:00pm, HHS 204
Students MUST bring a printed degree audit that they have looked at as well as a plan for their summer/fall classes.  If the student needs to meet individually, there will be time after each session.  This is MANDATORY to receive the ALT PIN.
Students also need to bring their laptop or phone to access the Pre-Nursing Homeplace during the advising session. Students that applied to the BSN Program for Fall 2017 admission should still plan to attend as well.


*For more details and instructions, call the School of Nursing at 828-227-7467.

NUTRITION & DIETETICS

Monday, February 20
Dr. Marques will provide group advising to the ND juniors in class.

Tuesday, February 21 (Advising Day)
Drs.Wall-Bassett & Downs will schedule appointments for thier Pre-ND majros in their office.
Dr. Marques will be avaialble in her office to speak with Pre-ND majors who will be applying to the ND program for Fall Admission.

*For more details and instructions, call the Nutrition & Dietetics Department.

PARKS & RECREATION MANAGEMENT

Mandatory Meeting for all PRM Majors followed by meeting with faculty advisor.
11:00 - 12:15pm
Reid 132

*For more details and instructions, call the Parks and Recreation Management Program at 828-227-3843.

PHILOSOPHY & Religion

11:30 am Pizza in Stillwell 225 and Stillwell 226

12:00 noon Mandatory brief all-major meeting in Stillwell 226

12:30-1:00 pm Departmental “Open House” for prospective majors/minors in ST 226

2:00-3:00 pm Western Carolina University Alumni Panel (Department of Philosophy and Religion, Department of Political Science and Public Affairs), Stillwell 254

            PAR: Matt Kirby (WCU PHIL B.A. [‘10], M.A. Ed; College Liaison – Jackson County – Southwestern Community College) and Summer Woodard, Town Manager; Franklin, NC (’08, Political Science and History)

 

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Philosophy and Religion at 828-227-7262.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Mandatory Meeting:
11:30am - 12:30pm
Stillwell 425

2:00-3:00 pm Western Carolina University Alumni Panel (Department of Philosophy and Religion, Department of Political Science and Public Affairs), Stillwell 254

            PAR: Matt Kirby (WCU PHIL B.A. [‘10], M.A. Ed; College Liaison – Jackson County – Southwestern Community College) and Summer Woodard, Town Manager; Franklin, NC (’08, Political Science and History)



*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at 828-227-7475.

PSYCHOLOGY

Students need to meet with their Faculty Advisor individually on Advising Day. Students should contact their Faculty Advisor on how to schedule an appointment.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Psychology at 828-227-7361. 

RECREATIONAL THERAPY

PRE-MAJORS

Pre-majors will meet ON Advising Day in the RT Lab

8:30-9:30       RTH pre-majors with less than eighteen credits
9:45-10:45     RTH pre-majors with 19-34 credits
11:00-12:00   RTH pre-majors with 35-51 credits
1:00-2:00       RTH pre-majors with 52-68 credits
2:15-3:15       RTH pre-majors with above 69 credits
What should I bring with me to my appointment?
*You must bring a copy of your degree audit to your advising session!  Bring any questions you may have, along with a draft of your proposed schedule.

MAJORS
NOT pre-interns; students currently in RTH 395 do not meet for typical advising.

Jennifer Hinton’s MAJOR advisees are to sign up in Grades First for a 20 minute appointment slot on Tuesday, February 16th through Friday, February 17thPre-internship students do not sign up for typical appointments and will meet 1:1 on Advising Day.
Debbie Logan’s MAJOR advisees are to sign up in Grades First for an appointment during the blocked times on Friday, February 17th (8:30-2:00).
Paige Dagenhard’s MAJOR advisees are to sign up in Grades First for an appointment during the blocked times on Thursday, February 16th (1:00-5:00).
What should I bring with me to my appointment?
*You must bring a copy of your degree audit to your advising session!  Please also review the student handbook and the technical standards, and the drug and alcohol and background check policies.  You will be asked to sign several documents, this is your way of preparing.  Bring any questions you may have, along with a draft of your proposed schedule.

 

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Health Sciences at 828-227-7113.

SCIENCE EDUCATION (Biology), B.S.ED.

Mandatory Meeting:
10:00-11:00am
Stillwell 355

All students should bring a tentative schedule for the Fall 2017 semester. In addition, students should have an outline of their next four semesters, including when they will apply for admissions to the College of Education, the semester they plan to enroll in EDSE 483 (Intern I), and the semester they plan to student teach. An advisor from the College of Education will be in attendance. Refreshments will be served.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Biology at 828-227-7244.

SCIENCE EDUCATION (Chemistry), B.S.ED.

Mandatory Meeting:
10:00-11:00am
Stillwell 355

All students should bring a tentative schedule for the Fall 2017 semester. In addition, students should have an outline of their next four semesters, including when they will apply for admissions to the College of Education, the semester they plan to enroll in EDSE 483 (Intern I), and the semester they plan to student teach. An advisor from the College of Education will be in attendance. Refreshments will be served.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Chemistry & Physics at 828-227-7260.

SCIENCE EDUCATION (Earth Sciences), B.S.ED.

Mandatory Meeting:
10:00-11:00am
Stillwell 355

All students should bring a tentative schedule for the Fall 2017 semester. In addition, students should have an outline of their next four semesters, including when they will apply for admissions to the College of Education, the semester they plan to enroll in EDSE 483 (Intern I), and the semester they plan to student teach. An advisor from the College of Education will be in attendance. Refreshments will be served.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Geosciences & Natural Resources at 828-227-7367.

SCIENCE EDUCATION (Physics), B.S.ED.

Mandatory Meeting:
10:00-11:00am
Stillwell 355

All students should bring a tentative schedule for the Fall 2017 semester. In addition, students should have an outline of their next four semesters, including when they will apply for admissions to the College of Education, the semester they plan to enroll in EDSE 483 (Intern I), and the semester they plan to student teach. An advisor from the College of Education will be in attendance. Refreshments will be served.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Chemistry & Physics at 828-227-7260.

SOCIAL SCIENCES, B.S.ED.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of History at 828-227-7243.

SOCIAL WORK

Mandatory Meeting:
9:00 am
HHSB 357

* For more details and instructions, call the Social Work Department at 227-7112

SOCIOLOGY

Mandatory Meeting:
11AM-1PM
McKee 110

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at 828-227-7268.

SPANISH

Students need to check their Catamount email for instructions how to schedule a meeting with their faculty advisor.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of World Languages at 828-227-7241.

SPANISH, B.S.ED.

*For more details and instructions, call the Department of World Languages at 828-227-7241.

SPORT MANAGEMENT

Students need to contact their Faculty Advisor within the College of Business, for instructions.
*For more details and instructions, call the Sport Management Department.

STAGE & SCREEN

Mandatory Meeting:
9:00-10:00am
Niggli Theatre

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Stage & Screen at 828-227-7491

THEATRE

Mandatory Meeting:
9:00-10:00am
Niggli Theatre

*For more details and instructions, call the School of Stage & Screen at 828-227-7491.

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