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Academic Advising

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

  1. Students must activate their Universal Account in order to access ALEKS.
  2. 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 Info.
  3. Complete ALEKS MPA # 1 PRACTICE (60-90 minutes) – does not serve for math placement/registration.
  4. Time in Prep & Learning Module - optional but encouraged.
  5. Complete ALEKS MPA # 2 OFFICIAL - 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. ALEKS typically costs $35 per student and the charge will be billed to your student account when you take the assessment.

For questions, contact:
Phone (360) 650-3080
(360) 650-7212

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.
Because of the volume of students attending Transitions 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:

  1. Try making a reservation for another session date. You may find your first choice of advising group is available on another day.
  2. If it is more critical to ensure your attendance on a specific date, select the date you desire and simply select another advising group. Even if you 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.

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.

Please note: The majors shown for each category are examples and do not represent all the possible majors at Western.

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

  • 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.

Life Sciences

Biochemisty, Biology, and Biology/Anthropology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Pre-Veterinary.

Math, Physical Sciences, and Engineering

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


Social Sciences

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.
Page Updated 05.23.2017