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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Advising

Our Mission

Our mission is to help each student realize their unique goals and full potential. Starting from day one!

 We will ignite your intellectual curiosityintegrate your training, and strengthen your ability to keep learning even after you graduate from WSU.

Use this visual to understand the purpose of – and connection between – your overall graduation requirements.

Make the most of your time in CAS by following these Keys 4 Success.

Want to learn more about what CAS offers?  Check out our many majors and options here or review the  Academic Fact Sheets for each of our degrees.

What to Expect

Professional advisors and faculty mentors are available to guide you on your educational journey and help you develop your interests.

Entrance to the Compton Union Building (CUB).

Plan Carefully

Research your options and choose your class schedule wisely to enhance your collegiate success. You are encouraged to complete your science and mathematics requirements within your first two years on campus. These core courses will improve your problem-solving skills and better prepare you for advanced classes in most every discipline.

Incoming Freshmen

During New Coug Orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor who is familiar with your general area of interest and the University Core Requirements.

Incoming Transfer Students

Before you enroll, contact the WSU enrollment counselor in your region to discuss how you can meet the WSU core requirements and which courses at your current institution may satisfy prerequisites you will need for your intended major. After you enroll, you will be assigned to an academic advisor who can provide guidance for your degree program.

Current Undergraduate Students

Your advisor is a good resource! Be sure to meet each semester to review your goals.

If would like to change your primary area of interest, you may request an advisor change at the Academic Success and Career Center.


We’re here to help you. Feel free to contact an advisor or the school or department of the program that interests you.

Explore your options

If you are still deciding on a major, visit the Academic Success and Career Center.

If you are interested in pursuing a health profession, visit our Health Professions Student Center.

If you are interested in applying to Law School, visit our Pre-Law Resource Center.

Learn more about academic advising at WSU.

Connect with additional student resources.

Creating a Plan to Graduation

We strongly encourage you to develop a 4 year academic plan that maps out your major, UCORE, and elective courses in semester blocks.  Doing so helps you plan the sequencing of specific courses (especially those offered only once a year or on alternating years).  Creating this plan also helps you visualize your overall progress toward degree completion.

Use this Planning Sheet to map out your 4-year plan.

Working Together to Succeed

Advising is a partnership between you and your academic advisor.

This table summaries our expectations of you and what you can expect from us.

As a student, we expect you to . . .As academic advisors, you can expect us to . . .
Engage in the self-reflection needed to answer: “What do I want out of my academic experience at WSU? What are my interests, goals, dreams? Who am I hoping to become?”Help you connect your values, interests, & goals to learning opportunities (e.g., potential UCORE courses, degrees/majors, minors, certificates, co-curricular experiences.
Educate yourself on key department, college, & university rules, requirements, policies, procedures and deadlines by reviewing the WSU catalogHelp you understand key department, college & university rules, requirements, policies, procedures, and critical deadlines.
Meet with your academic advisor each semester. Be prepared and on time or your appointment.Provide clear instructions for making advising appointments.

Provide timely responses to your questions & concerns.
Gather all relevant information, materials, & questions in preparation for your advising ; list of questions.Provide information & guidance on various requirements; check/update of degree requirements; track progress toward degree; review transfer credits; explain how other resources can support your academic success.
Consider how to utilize UCORE courses, electives, & to maximize your undergraduate experience (e.g., research & creative activities, civic engagement, internships, global education, leadership).Help you develop a holistic academic plan to reach your goals.

Connect students with other resources that support their development and academic success.
Be present & fully engaged during advising appointments (i.e., take notes; ) & complete any follow-up work assigned during the appointment.Be present & fully engaged during advising appointments (i.e., take notes; ask questions) & complete any follow-up work generated by the appointment.
Keep a personal record of your progress toward your academic goals (e.g., major requirements; UCORE requirements; graduation requirements).Maintain accurate & confidential records about your academic progress.
Take ownership of your academic decisions, take action, & engage in sustained efforts to reach your academic goals.Empower you to make academic decisions, take action, and engaged in sustained efforts to reach your academic goals.