Preparing for WWU

Preparing for Advising & Orientation
The following checklist will help you prepare to attend Western and your academic advising and orientation program. Please read through the following requirements and recommendations to help you navigate the next steps of your Western journey!


1. REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION: Submit Proof of Measles Immunization

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 Student Health Center. The SHC’s regular hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:30am – 4:00pm

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 Student Health Center by e-mail or at 360.650.3400. You can also read more information about the Measles Requirement.

IMPORTANT! You will not be allowed to register for classes if your measles vaccinations/immunity documentation has not been received prior to your registration appointment.

2. REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION: Activate Your Universal Account

In order to register for classes, you must have activated your Universal Account in advance. Activate your Universal Account by directing your web browser to After activating your Universal Account, go back to myWestern, click on the Student Email link (it may also be labeled Office 365) and activate your email account. Please keep track of your username and password, and bring this information with you to your advising appointment.

If you need assistance, are unsure how to navigate the set-up process, or if you have forgotten your password, contact Academic Technology User Services Help Desk at 360.650.3333 or online at

Official University correspondence, including information about Summerstart as well as 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 email address.

3. 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 sure to review your WWU email account for future important announcements. See POL-U7100.02 — Using E-mail Accounts for Official Correspondence with Students.

4. Make a reservation to attend Winter Advising & Orientation 2018!


1. View your Countdown to Western checklist

Keep track of your status in several important areas, including measles clearance, housing information, and more, with your Countdown to Western checklist.

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.

2. Math Placement Assessment (MPA)

Western utilizes the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (MPA) system to determine math placement. The MPA is an online, adaptive assessment and learning system, and offers many benefits to students, including the advantages of individual access, 24/7, from virtually any web-linked computer.

Most students who plan to register for a Math course at Western must first take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment. 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 ALEKS Math Placement Assessment:

  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 costs $35 per student and the charge will be billed to your student account when you take the assessment.

For questions, contact:
(360) 650-3080
(360) 650-3850

3. Utilize 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.

Transfers and Postbacc Students: You may also visit the Transfer Advising website for more information.

Freshmen: You may also visit the Freshman Advising website for more information.

  • Online Advising Module: New students receive 3 online advising modules: one prior to attending orientation, one before the start of the quarter, and one during their first 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 (may be labeled as Office 365)).
  • 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.
  • Important Dates and Deadlines: Familiarize yourself with important quarterly dates and deadlines, including registration schedule, tuition payments, refunds and more.

Extension Students: Please refer to your program/site to confirm registration and schedule details: Extension Student/Site Resources.

4. Transfer Credit Policies

If you are a student who may be coming to Western with transfer credits, please visit the Admissions website to learn more about Transfer Credit Policies. The Admissions Office is your contact for questions regarding the status of transfer credits. You can contact Admissions at or call 360.650.3440 and connect to a counselor.

5. Explore Housing Options

  • Off Campus: Students who live off campus instead of a residence hall are introduced to plenty of new choices and, along with those choices, new responsibilities. For more information, visit Off Campus Living website.

  • On Campus: For more information about Western’s On-Campus Housing, visit University Residences website or stop by the Housing Office located on the first floor of Edens Hall.

6. Transfer & Postbaccalaureate Students: Determine Your Class Registration Appointment

You will register for classes online using Web4U. Registration each quarter occurs in three phases. Exact registration times are scheduled in descending-credit order. To determine your exact registration time, first you must know the total number of accepted transfer credits you have or will have by the start of registration. (Phase I begins November 14). Then visit the registration schedule to find your exact time.

Complete registration instructions are available on the Registrar's website. If you have any questions or experience difficulty with your registration process, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 360.650.3430.

Please contact New Student Services/Family Outreach at or (360) 650-3846 if you have any questions about advising and orientation. We’re looking forward to seeing you on campus!

Page Updated 10.25.2017