During your Summerstart group advising session, you will work with an advisor who best meets your area of academic interest or intended major. If you are exploring possible majors, you can choose a group for undecided students where you will work with advisors familiar with helping students explore various major options.
During your group advising session on Day 1 of Summerstart, you will be introduced to General University Requirements, degree requirements and identify classes to prepare for registration. On Day 2, you will select classes and register for your fall quarter courses.
New ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (MPA) at Western!
Western is implementing a new Math Placement Assessment for 2017-18 called ALEKS - MPA, which is an online, adaptive assessment and learning system. 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.
Most students who plan to register for a Math course at Western must first take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (MPA). The MPA also serves as a prerequisite for some courses in other departments such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Decision Sciences, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Geology, Physics and Science Education.
Taking the Test
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. ALEKS typically costs $35 per student and the charge will be billed to your student account when you take the assessment.
Interest Sessions and our two Information Fairs at Summerstart provide in-depth information about a variety of educational opportunities for you at Western. You will have time to attend two Interest Sessions as well as explore academic/departmental resources, student services, and community organizations from on and off campus at the Information Fairs. Be sure to check your schedule for these activities on Day 1 of Summerstart!
How to Select An Advising Group
Students attending Summerstart have an opportunity to select a Summerstart session date as well as an academic advising group for your session. You are encouraged to make your selections based on what works best for you.
Because of the volume of students attending Summerstart and limits we have on advising lab space, it is possible that your first choice of advising group may be full on a particular day. If this occurs, you may try another strategy:
We 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 Summerstart. Additionally, you may consider connecting with faculty/staff who are in your area of interest while you are at Summerstart.
Advising Group Options
Following is a list of Summerstart advising groups. When making your reservation, please select only ONE 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 Summerstart advising session. You should plan to attend the Education Interest Session offered on Day 1 of Summerstart for more information. If you have questions prior to making your Summerstart reservation, please contact the Academic Advising Center at 360.650.3850 for clarification.
Only for students who have been accepted into Fairhaven College.
Please note:The Fairhaven College advisors will only be available for Sessions 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7 (no Wednesday/Thursday sessions). 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, Communication Studies, Foreign Languages, Journalism, History, Liberal Studies, and Philosophy.
Huxley College of the Environment
Includes the Environmental Sciences Department and the Environmental Studies Department.
Math, Science, and Engineering
Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Math, and Physics.
Only for students who have been accepted into the Music program.
Please note:The Music advisors will only be available during Sessions 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7 (no Wednesday/Thursday sessions). 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.
Anthropology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Human Services, Psychology, Political Science, Pre-Law, 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 an academic discipline or have not identified your academic major, please select the undecided group.