Preparing for WWU
Fall Advising & Orientation is designed to help you begin your Western experience with confidence and success. Your participation will help you feel more comfortable and prepared to begin your career at Western.
For students and family attending this session, Fall Advising & Orientation is held in two parts:
- Sunday, September 24: Welcome Luncheon for students and family members attending the Fall A&O session, followed by a Student Orientation session and a Family Orientation session.
- Monday, September 25: Students will complete their academic advising and class registration process.
We encourage you to explore this website to help you prepare and to make your reservation.
Please visit the Fall Advising & Orientation page for more information and to make your reservation. Once your reservation is processed, you will be sent a confirmation via postal mail and WWU e-mail with additional schedule information and instructions.
2. REQUIRED: Submit Proof of Measles Immunity
Student Health Center
516 High Street, MS 9132
Bellingham, WA 98225
All new students are required to have two valid measles vaccinations or proof of measles (rubeola) immunity prior to registering for classes. Options for providing proof and additional information are available from the Measles Requirement on the Student Health Center website.
The SHC’s hours for SUMMER 2017 are: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM & 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
If you need to get an MMR shot or have your blood drawn for a rubeola titer test, please call 360.650.3400 to schedule an appointment. You may FAX your measles records 24/7 to 360.650.3883 or 360.650.4580. If you have any questions, contact the SHC at 360.650.3400 or Student.Health@wwu.edu.
IMPORTANT! You will not be allowed to register for classes during Fall Advising & Orientation if your measles vaccinations/immunity documentation has not been received prior to your registration appointment. Western strongly recommends that all students have some form of health insurance and offers a plan especially for students. Detailed information is available at the Insurance & Billing on the Student Health Center website.
As an enrolled student, you will receive a free Universal Account, which provides you with a number of technology resources to enhance your academic experience, including MyWestern e-mail, Microsoft Office 365, Canvas, computer lab access, and wireless Internet. Official University correspondence (including a preliminary Transfer Equivalency Report (TER) if you have earned college, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit) will be sent to your MyWestern e-mail address so you are encouraged to read your MyWestern e-mail messages regularly. For information on campus technology, including how to connect your laptop or mobile device, visit New to WWU?
In order to make a reservation for Transitions and to register for classes, you must have activated your Universal Account in advance. If you need assistance or if you have forgotten your password, contact the Academic Technology & User Services Help Desk at 360.650.3333, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep track of your username and password, and bring these with you to campus. You also will need to know your Social Security Number during the registration process.
For questions, contact:
Academic Technology & User Services
IMPORTANT! In order to register for classes, you MUST activate your Universal Account in advance. Students with college credits must activate their Universal Account before they can generate their transfer credit evaluations and Transfer Equivalency Report. Please keep track of your username and password, and bring this information with you to your Fall Advising & Orientation registration appointment.
4. Check your MyWestern E-mail Account
Recognizing the expanding reliance on electronic communication, WWU has determined that e-mail will be one of the University’s official means of communication. E-mail correspondence will be sent to students’ WWU e-mail addresses, so be on the lookout for future important announcements from WWU via your MyWestern e-mail account. See POL-U7100.02 – Using E-mail Accounts for Official Correspondence with Students.
5. Submit Your Final High School Transcripts by July 15
Please send us your transcripts! Required by July 15: Submit your final high school transcripts, with your graduation date posted, to the Office of Admissions by July 15.
6. Determine how College/AP Credit will apply to your Western degree
How does college credit transfer to Western?
Before Western can grant you college credit for classes taken through Running Start or earned at other colleges, an official transcript must be sent direct from the college/university directly to the Office of Admissions. We cannot award credit based on the high school transcript. For AP/IB test scores, please have them sent directly from the College Board/International Baccalaureate so that you can receive credit. Transcripts and test scores received prior to June 1 will be included in the Transfer Equivalency Report (TER) you will receive before fall quarter registration at Fall Advising & Orientation. Final transcripts received after that time will be reflected in a students’ TER prior to winter quarter registration.
Required by July 15: Submit final college transcripts and score reports
Be sure to submit your official college transcripts and/or score report to the Office of Admissions by July 15 if you are entering Western with college credits from Running Start, College in the High School, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge International.
Why submit college transcripts?
Knowing what classes you’ve already received credit for will ensure you avoid registering for and repeating a class, or credits, you don’t need. Future class registration appointments are based on earned credits: the more credits on your record, the better your priority for registration. If you are awarded transfer credit, instructions for viewing your Transfer Equivalency Report (TER) will be sent to your email account in early August. Your TER will only include coursework on file at Western at the time of enrollment confirmation.
Because we are rarely able to process your spring term grades in time to be included in your initial Transfer Equivalency Report, we recommend you bring the following with you to Fall Advising & Orientation and whenever meeting with advisors:
- Updated unofficial transcripts with any additional completed coursework
- Proof of registration for any in-progress courses
Having this information will assist you with meeting prerequisites for courses and ensuring that you are not repeating coursework unnecessarily.
You are also encouraged to research how any in-progress credits will transfer. Please visit the Admissions website for transfer credit guidelines, a list of course equivalencies for in-state courses, and credits awarded for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests.
Keep track of your status in several important areas such as whether or not transcripts have been received, financial aid information and measles clearance for class registration with your Countdown to Western checklist on the Admissions website.
To login, you will need your Western ID number (commonly referred to as your “W” number), or User ID, and date of birth. Your "W" number can be found on your admission and confirmation letters. Revisit your Countdown to Western checklist any time to verify your current status. Note: The Countdown to Western checklist is not available for students in self-sustaining extension programs.
8. Math Placement Assessment – ALEKS-MPA
Most freshmen will need to complete Western’s Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) as part of Western’s General University Requirements (GURs). To register for Math course at Western, a student must first take the MPA. The MPA also serves as a prerequisite for courses in other departments such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Decision Sciences, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Geology, Physics and Science Education.
The ALEKS assessment and learning system offers many benefits to students, including the advantages of individual access, 24/7, from virtually any web-linked computer. This new Math Placement Assessment system is available to all new and continuing students.
Taking the Math Placement Assessment (MPA)
- Students must activate their Universal Account in order to access the MPA.
- The “Take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment” link along with more information on ALEKS can be found at the following link, including Exceptions and FAQs:ALEKS Math Placement Assessment.
- Complete ALEKS MPA # 1 PRACTICE (60-90 minutes) – does not serve for math placement/registration.
- Time in Prep & Learning Module - optional but encouraged.
- Complete ALEKS MPA # 2 OFFICIAL (60-90 minutes) - Scores valid for math placement/registration!
Please be aware that failure to take both MPA #1 (practice) and MPA #2 (official) before orientation will delay registration for a math course or other courses that require a math prerequisite. Western recommends that students complete the MPA #2 (official) at least two weeks prior to orientation. The MPA costs $35 and the charge will be billed to your student account upon completion of MPA #1.
9. Prepare for Your Advising Session: Explore Online Academic Advising & Class Registration Tools
Explore important academic advising and registration tools online. Professional advisors from the Academic Advising Center are available to help you explore your academic interests and goals at Western. You may also visit the Freshman Advising website for more information.
- Online Advising Module: New students receive 3 online advising modules: one prior to Summerstart, one before the start of the quarter, and one during fall quarter, to help support a successful transition to Western. Access and login will be sent to your Western student email (found in your myWestern portal). Look for your first module in late July.
- Viking Advisor: The Viking Advisor describes Western’s academic requirements and provides information on how to register for classes using Western’s online registration system. A copy of the Viking Advisor will be provided during orientation.
- WWU’s Classfinder: Western’s Classfinder displays courses offered by term. You will find information such as the days and times that classes meet, course descriptions, course restrictions, and prerequisites.
- Prepare to Register for Classes: Before registering for classes, we encourage you to explore academic departments and the University Catalog’s programs of study to learn more about the academic majors available at Western.
- Need to generate a Transfer Equivalency Report? Visit the Admissions website to learn more about generating your TER and how the transfer credit process works.
- Important Dates and Deadlines: Familiarize yourself with important quarterly dates and deadlines, including registration schedule, tuition payments, refunds and more.
Extension Student/Site Resources: Please refer to your program/site to confirm registration and schedule details.
10. Explore Housing Options
On Campus Housing:
Did you know 92% of new freshmen live on campus? The residential program will enhance your Western experience in diverse, inclusive communities that foster active learning, social responsibility, civic engagement, effective citizenship and leadership, supported by a high quality, attractive and sustainable campus environment. Live the Western experience! For more information about Western’s On-Campus Housing, visit the Student Housing website or stop by the Housing Office located on the first floor of Edens Hall.
Off Campus Living:
Students who live off campus instead of a residence hall are also introduced to plenty of new choices and, along with those choices, new responsibilities. For more information, visit the Off Campus Living website.
If you have any additional questions about getting started at Western, please contact New Student Services/Family Outreach by e-mail or at 360.650.3846. We look forward to seeing you soon!