Advising is a time for students to talk with an academic advisor about questions regarding course schedules, course selection, and academic progress. Students should also talk with their academic advisor to explore and make plans for internships and research opportunities.
Every student has a team of support – the academic advisor, department chair, college dean, and staff and peer advisors in the Academic Advising Center.
How do I change my schedule by dropping or adding a course?
Students add or drop classes through the Registration tab in MyWestfield. First time First-Year students must work through the Registrar’s Office to add and drop classes. Contact the Registrar’s Office by email or call 413-572-8261. You can also email Academic Advising for registration assistance. If you are sending an email include your complete A#.
All students should consult with their academic advisor about how adding or dropping classes might affect their academic standing, progress towards completion of their major and towards graduation and financial aid requirements.
When can I change my schedule by dropping or adding a course?
Students may add or drop a class for Fall 2020 beginning August 27 and ending September 8, 2020 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
How do I find my advisor?
Students can find out who their advisor is by going to their degree audit in MyWestfield. It will be listed towards the top of the page towards the left. You can click on the advisor’s name to start an email. If you are an Exploratory, First Year Criminal Justice major, on Academic Warning, or do not have an advisor listed on the degree audit, please make an appointment to visit the Office of Advising and Transfer Transitions. If you are in a major, you can contact the Academic Department of your major and ask.
CGCE students who are unsure of their academic advisor should visit the CGCE Advising website and click on “Who Is My Advisor?”
How do I receive advising if I am enrolled through the College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE)?
CGCE students are given a faculty advisor based upon their academic program. Advisor information is provided to students in their welcome letter, as well as on their Degree Evaluation (degree audit) in MyWestfield. It will be listed towards the top of the page towards the left. You can click on the advisor’s name to start an email. A full list of advisors can be found online at the CGCE Advising webpage.
How do I access my degree audit or degree evaluation?
Students can access their degree audit through MyWestfield. Click on the Academics tab and you should find it on that page. If you have difficulty accessing the degree audit (you click on it and nothing happens or it just refuses access), make sure that you have allowed pop-ups. Most just need to click on the lock icon in the url box at the top of the browser page. Others might need to go into settings within their browser and allow the page.
How and when should I contact my advisor?
Students should contact their advisor whenever they want to register for courses, change courses or drop or withdraw from a course, declare a concentration or ask for advice on academics. It is important and often required to receive advisor approval in order to check whether it is appropriate to drop or add a course and find out if there are implications to financial aid, or major and graduation requirements.
How do I contact the Office of Advising during add/drop?
Advising will be using a Zoom waiting room for walk-ins on September 2, 3, and 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Breakout rooms will be used to assist students, so stay in the waiting room until you are admitted in. If you have not been sent the Zoom link, please email advising to request it. CGCE students should contact the CGCE Main Office for assistance during add/drop.
How do I register for classes or drop or add a class if I am part of CGCE?
CGCE students register for courses through the MyWestfield portal. Students can log into MyWestfield with the first initial, last name and last 4 digits of their CWID (A#). Your initial password will be your CWID or current email password. After logging in, select the Registration tab and Select Registration Checklist item #3 (Add/Drop Classes).
If you experience difficulty logging in, email the IT HELP Desk or call at 572-4357.
Students unable to login or register online can email a member of the CGCE Registration Team with their registration form, including the course reference number (CRN) for the section they wish to register for. This number is printed next to the course number in the listings. Students with the last name beginning with A-M should email Celeste Washington. Students with the last name beginning with N-Z should email Cornel Hurston.
How do I know what classes I have left to take for the common core, graduation, and in my major(s)?
Your degree audit (sometimes called degree evaluation) lists all the requirements you need to complete your degree including courses or internships that you have already completed and that have fulfilled requirements. It also lists courses in which you are registered that will fulfill requirements on completion of the course. Those are labeled as in progress “IP.” You will find it in MyWestfield and your advisor will help you learn how to use it. You can learn how to access and use your degree audit through this video.
How do I know what the required core classes are?
A list of the Common Core of Studies is available in the University Catalog. All students must fulfill the requirement of the Common Core.
How do I know what the classes will be about?
All course descriptions are available in the University Catalog under course descriptions. Scroll down until you get to the “Course filter,” under prefixes, select the department, then click on filter. You will then see all of the courses for the academic department. Click on the course name to see the description and the prerequisites for that course.
How do I get forms signed online?
Most forms will indicate how you are supposed to “sign” them at the top or the bottom. Many forms are fillable .pdfs (fill in form or fillable pdf). Others have moved to online forms that you fill out and submit. If you have a question about how to sign a document, contact the office and get confirmation.
If you can print the form but not scan it, try using a scanning app. If you are using a mac and the Mac pages word processing software, you must EXPORT and save your document before sending it to others.
Send the document from your Westfield State University email address as that helps to confirm your identity.