How to Select an Academic Advising Group

Students attending Fall Advising & Orientation have an opportunity to select an academic advising group for your session. You are encouraged to make your selection based on what works best for you. It is possible that your first choice of advising group may be full. If this occurs, you may try another strategy and select an advising group that is not in the area of your intended field of study. Don’t worry! There is standardized information presented in every advising group, and choosing a particular group does not “lock you in” to anything academically.

Note: Only students who have been admitted into Fairhaven College, the Honors Program, or the Music Program will be placed into those advising groups.

We also encourage you to explore academic departments and programs to learn more about the academic majors available at Western and locate contact information for the department. If you have questions about your intended academic major or believe you are ready to declare your major, you are encouraged to contact the department prior to arriving for your session. Additionally, you may consider connecting with faculty/staff who are in your area of interest while you’re on campus before classes begin.

Advising Groups

Following is a list of advising groups for the Fall Advising & Orientation program. When making your reservation, please select only ONE advising group. If you don't see the group listed in the drop down box when you make your reservation that means the group is full; please choose another advising group.

Business and Economics

Accounting, Management Information Systems, Operations Management, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, Economics, Finance, Marketing, and Management


This group is for Early Childhood Education and Special Education majors only.

Please note:All other students seeking certification in Elementary Education or Secondary Education must choose an academic major before applying to Woodring College of Education. This will be the majority of students interested in education. The academic major will become your primary endorsement area once you complete your education certification. Therefore, you will need to choose one of the academic areas for your advising session. If you have questions prior to making your Fall Advising & Orientation reservation, please contact the Academic Advising Center at 360.650.3850 for clarification.

Fairhaven College

Only for students who have been accepted into Fairhaven College. If you have any questions, please contact Fairhaven College at 360.650.6680.

Fine and Performing Arts

Art, Art History, Dance, Design and Theatre (for Music, see below).


Only for students who have been accepted into the Honors Program. If you have any questions, please contact the Honors Program at 360.650.3034.


English, Communications, Foreign Languages, Journalism, History, and Philosophy.

Huxley College of the Environment

Includes the Environmental Sciences Department and the Environmental Studies Department.

Environmental Science students may choose to do an emphasis in one of these areas: Freshwater Ecology, Marine Ecology, Terrestrial Ecology, and Environmental Toxicology.

Environmental Studies students may choose to do an emphasis in one of the following areas: Environmental Education, Environmental Policy, Geography, Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, or Environmental Studies.

Math, Science, and Engineering

Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Math, and Physics.


Only for students who have been accepted into the Music program. If you have any questions, please contact the Music Department at 360.650.4091.


Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, and all other pre-healthcare areas.

Social Sciences

Anthropology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Human Services, Political Science, Pre-Law, Psychology, Recreation, and Sociology.

Student Outreach Services

For students who have opted in to the Student Outreach Services programs, which include Access, American Indian/Alaska Native students, College Success Foundation Scholars, Early to Rise Program, Foster Youth, Jump Start WWU, Peer Mentor Program, and Undocumented Students. If you have any questions, please contact Student Outreach Services at 360.650.7443.


Still exploring your interests? That's okay! If you do not have a strong interest and commitment to a specific academic discipline, please select the undecided group.

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