During your Transitions 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, you will be introduced to General University Requirements, degree requirements, review your Transfer Equivalency Report, identify classes to prepare for registration, and 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.
How to Select an Advising Group
Students attending Transitions have an opportunity to select a Transitions 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.
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 Transitions. Additionally, you may consider connecting with faculty/staff who are in your area of interest while you are at Transitions.
Transitions Academic Advising Groups
The following is a list of the advising groups offered every Transitions session. If you don’t see the group listed in the drop down box, the group is full. Please either choose another advising group or check another date.
Business and Economics
Accounting, Management Information Systems, Operations Management, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, Economics, Finance, Marketing, and Management
Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education
Only for students who have been accepted into Fairhaven College.
Fine & Performing Arts
Art, Dance, Design, Music, and Theatre
Health & Human Development
Community Health, Kinesiology (specialization areas in: Health and Fitness Specialist, Movement Studies, Pre-Healthcare Professions, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Sport Psychology), Physical Education and Health P-12, and Recreation
Art History, English, Communication Studies, Foreign Languages, History, Journalism, Liberal Studies, and Philosophy
Huxley College of the Environment
Biochemisty, Biology, and Biology/Anthropology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Pre-Veterinary.
Math, Physical Sciences, and Engineering
Computer Science, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Math, and Physics
Anthropology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Human Services, Political Science, Pre-Law, Psychology, and Sociology.
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.