Academic Advising

* In light of COVID-19, instructions for setting up a phone or virtual appointment with academic advisors will be posted soon. In the meantime, students should contact their advisor via email.

Academic Advising at WSU Tri-Cities

Undergraduate academic advising is a partnership between you, your professional advisor and your faculty mentor and it goes beyond course selection. Whether you plan to enter to workforce or continue on to earn an advanced degree, your academic advisors and mentor will guide you toward that goal. This holistic approach ensures that you are engaged in your academic plan, connected to the campus community and resources and are earning your degree as efficiently as possible.

Whether you are registering for your first semester, exploring your major and career options or are on–track to graduate, you will find support, encouragement, guidance and accurate information through academic advising.



The academic advising program will empower students to take charge of their educational careers through a collaborative mentoring relationship between the advisor, faculty mentor, and student. This collaborative structure requires student participation in the decision-making process, helps students become lifelong learners, and encourages self-reliant problem solving through exploration of individual interests and values.

Student Responsibilities

You are expected to be a full participant in your academic planning. This includes:

  • Being familiar with your academic curriculum
  • Reviewing your Academic Requirements report regularly (official degree audit)
  • Meeting with your academic advisor and faculty mentor regularly
  • Being familiar with academic policies and procedures
  • Keeping track of advising information and bringing it to each scheduled advising meeting
  • Participating in registration events each semester
  • Communicating in a professional and timely manner with instructors, academic advisors, and faculty mentors
  • Checking your WSU email account regularly

Advisor Responsibilities

Your academic advisor is committed to:

  • Being accessible
  • Communicating in a professional and timely manner
  • Guiding and supporting students in academic planning
  • Understanding academic curriculum
  • Being familiar with myWSU navigation
  • Being comfortable navigating the class schedule
  • Being knowledgeable about academic policies and procedures
Get started on your academic path…