Western Kentucky University

WKU-O Advisors

Meet Your Advisors:

       Charlotte Dixon                           Ashley Sorce                      Hannah King            

 

      Charlotte Dixon                                      Ashley Sorce                                  Hannah King
       Undergraduate                                    Undergraduate                              Undergraduate
  charlotte.dixon@wku.edu               ashley.sorce@wku.edu               hannah.king@wku.edu

 

 What Your Advisor Will Expect From You:

1. Initiate contact with your advisor during his/her office hours, by telephone, or e-mail.

2. Arrive at appointments on time (with your cell phone turned off) and cancel appointments in advance if you can’t come.

3. Talk to your advisor if you are concerned about any aspect of your university experience.

4. Discuss important decisions or questions about your education (e.g., choice of major, change of major, change of college) well before the registration period.

5. Come prepared for appointments. Know your WKU ID number. Review your degree requirements. Bring a list of courses, course sections, alternative course choices, and the meeting times of these courses. Make sure any holds are lifted (e.g., parking tickets paid, library fines paid before your date to register).

6. Ask questions regarding internships and career plans (http:/www.wku.edu/CareerServ/). Ask questions about study abroad programs through WKU Office of International Programs.

7. Follow through on referrals made by your advisor (e.g., a visit to the Career Services Center) and discuss suggestions made by your advisor.

8. After talking to your advisor, register for the classes you discussed.

What You Can Expect From Your Advisor:

1. Availability during office hours and the opportunity for individual appointments.

2. Assistance in helping you to find academic information, including information on majors, minors, general education requirements, and other academic policies, procedures, and deadlines.

3. Referrals to appropriate people and offices if your advisor cannot provide the necessary assistance.

4. A meeting to discuss grades and recommendations for academic improvement, if appropriate.

5. A meeting each semester before the registration period to help with course selection and academic planning to approve your academic schedule for the next term.

6. Assistance in specific and correct course choices that are needed to prepare students for the particular major

7. Assistance in understanding the purposes of academic requirements and their relationship to a major and career plan.

8. Assistance in helping you learn how to make academic decisions, how to discover the range of options available to you, and how to think through the consequences of choices.

Please take the time to research the academic program of your choice. Refer to the WKU Undergraduate Catalog for this information and use TopNet or iCAP (beginning freshmen and transfers who entered WKU in fall 2005 and after may use iCAP) to monitor your progress toward the completion of your degree requirements.



Fall Academic Advising Timeline

August

• Deadline to apply to the University for Fall semester.

• Fall courses begin.

• First bi-term begins.

September

• Last opportunity to register for full-time course load.

• Drop/Add is takes place. Through the first week drop/add can take place with no fee assessed to the student. After the first week, a $50 fee begins for all full semester courses when a course is added or dropped.

• Last opportunity to apply for December graduation.

October

• Fall Break

• Last date to drop classes as a “withdrawal.”

• Time to prepare for registration for the Spring semester. Set up an appointment with your advisor when you can.

• Students changing their major are encouraged to fill out a Change of Major form on TopNet.

• In October many mid-term tests and papers are given, but depends on each professor.

• Second bi-term begins.

November

• Registration for Spring semester begins.

• Set up an appointment with your advisor to register for Spring.

• Thanksgiving Break

• Review schedules for the spring semester to make sure you are registered for the appropriate courses. See advisor with questions.

• Think about signing up for a Winter Term course (http://www.wku.edu/winter/).

December

• Students are busy with end of the semester tests, projects, and finals.

• After grades come out, academic standing is reviewed based on fall semester performance. If you question your financial aid or your progress in your major based on academic performance, contact your WKU-O financial aid counselor or advisor.

• December Commencement

Winter, Spring, and Summer Academic Advising Timeline

January

• Three-week January term (J-term) begins.

• Deadline to apply to the University for Spring semester.

• For new WKU-O students, advising and registration will take place.

• Take time to meet with your advisor if you are not in good standing in order to develop strategies for success.

• Add/Drop is takes place.

• First bi-term begins.

•KCTCS graduates should make an appointment with a WKU-O advisor to begin planning their four-year degree. Joint Admissions should check in with advisors.

February

• Last opportunity to register for full-time course load.

• Drop/Add is takes place. Through the first week drop/add can take place with no fee assessed to the student. After the first week, a $50 fee begins for all full semester courses when a course is added or dropped.

March

• Last date to drop classes as a “withdrawal.”

• Registration for the Summer semester begins.

• Set up an appointment with your advisor to register for Summer.

• Time to prepare for registration for the Fall semester. Set up an appointment with your advisor when you can.

• Students changing their major are encouraged to fill out a Change of Major form on TopNet.

• In March many mid-term tests and papers are given, but depends on each professor.

• Second bi-term begins.

April

• Registration for the Fall semester begins.

• Set up an appointment with your advisor to register for Fall.

May

• Students are working on end of the semester tests, projects, and finals.

• After grades are submitted academic standing will be reviewed. If you question your financial aid or your progress in your major based on academic performance, contact your WKU-O financial aid counselor or advisor.

June and July

• KCTCS graduates should make an appointment with a WKU-O advisor to begin planning their four-year degree.  Joint Admissions students should check in with advisors.  

 Last Modified 8/5/13