Academic Advising and Transfer Transition

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The Office of Academic Advising

The Office of Academic Advising empowers students to take ownership of their educational experience and responsibility for achieving their academic goals by providing individualized academic advising in a supportive environment. 

The Office of Academic Advising serves as a liaison with academic departments, faculty advisors, and relevant administrative areas (e.g., Registrar, Office of Financial Aid) in an effort to assist students in developing the skills needed to be successful during their educational experience.  

New First-Year and Transfer Students Update

April 11, 2022

Before the Office of Academic Advising connects with incoming students, the Office of the Registrar will start the Fall 2022 schedule process based on academic majors starting the week of April 4, 2022. Academic Advising will continue the new student advising and registration process following the May 1 deposit deadline based on the information collected from the New Student Advising Questionnaire. We will contact new students at their WSU school email regarding our New Student Advising Questionnaire and other advising information.

The New Student Advising Questionnaire will be emailed to fall entrants starting Monday, April 11, 2022 and must be submitted by Friday, June 17, 2022.

If you have questions about the incoming first-year advising process, email us at advising@westfield.ma.edu.

For incoming transfer students, please review your welcome packet regarding next steps and contact our Transfer Advisor, Brittany Garand, to schedule an appointment at bgarand@westfield.ma.edu.

Our office is available Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm EST.

About New Student Advising and Course Registration

Incoming first-year and transfer students will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor to learn more about college processes and expectations, specific department requirements, as well as create their course wish list in preparation for course registration via the New Student Advising Questionnaire. Prior to your first semester, both the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Academic Advising will build your Fall 2022 course schedule. The process will start following your submission of the enrollment deposit and Advising Questionnaire. It is important for new students to complete the New Student Advising Questionnaire before the June 17 deadline because we will use your input to select the remaining courses.

The intent of the questionnaire is to collect preferences—or generate a wish list, and Academic Advising will do its best to honor these request. Some preferences may not be honored for various reasons including, but not limited to: academic programs recommend specific course sequences, major requirements or restrictions, prerequisites, remaining course availability, and limited days and times of course offerings. Additionally, fall schedules are subject to change until Friday, August 12, 2022.

Starting in June, you will have the opportunity to meet with the Office of Academic Advising to discuss academic requirements, answer your questions regarding the course registration process, or make potential adjustments to your schedule. The group sessions are also for you to connect with an advisor to discuss your interests and goals. Making academic decisions can be complex, so an advisor may suggest that you seek additional advice from specific department chairs or faculty members.

Our advisors will contact you at your Westfield State University email address starting in June about our new student advising and course registration group sessions.

Join us for New Student Advising Group Session  

The Office of Academic Advising would like to welcome you to Westfield State University!  

As part of welcoming you to the nest, we cordially invite you to join us for a New Student Advising Group Session.  As you begin this exciting new chapter you probably have questions about college schedules, do not worry, this is what the New Student Advising Group Session is all about. During the virtual session you will connect with professional advisors from our office to learn about various academic requirements, how to navigate key areas in MyWestfield and more. We want to assist you in becoming a successful Owl, so our office is an one-stop shop for everything you need to know from advising to graduation requirements.  

We look forward to seeing you!

School of Criminology, Justice and Public Policy

Session 1: June 14, 2022 11:00AM-12:30PM

Session 2: June 21, 2022 2:00PM-3:30PM

Session 3: July 12, 2022 11:00AM-12:30PM

School of Health, Natural Sciences and Human Services

Session 1: June 14, 2022 2:00PM-3:30PM

Session 2: June 21, 2022 11:00AM-12:30PM

Session 3: July 12, 2022 2:00PM-3:30PM

School of Business, Math and Computer Science

Session 1: June 15, 2022 11:00AM-12:30PM

Session 2: June 22, 2022 2:00PM-3:30PM

Session 3: July 13, 2022 11:00AM-12:30PM

School of Education, Art, Communication, and Humanities

Session 1: June 15, 2022 2:00PM-3:30PM

Session 2: June 22, 2022 11:00AM-12:30PM

Session 3: July 13, 202 2:00PM-3:30PM

Exploratory

Session 1: June 16, 2022 2:00PM-3:30PM

Session 2: June 23, 2022 2:00PM-3:30PM

Session 3: July 14, 2022 2:00PM-3:30PM

 

New Student Advising and Course Registration Dates

New student advising and course registration appointments for Fall 2022 students takes place in June and July. 

Small group sessions will take place from June 13 to July 11, 2022 and availability will vary by admit type (first-year or transfer) and academic program or major.

Please note: fall schedules are subject to change until Friday, August 12, 2022. After August 12, fall schedules would be considered final. Additionally, new first-year students cannot register or adjust Fall 2022 courses on their own during their first semester. Schedule adjustments can be made with the Office of Academic Advising or the Office of the Registrar.

Following your first semester, you will have the ability to build your future course schedules and make your own arrangements to meet with an advisor.

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Contact us

The Office of Academic Advising & Transfer Transition
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Scanlon 259