Advising Structure

* 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.

Guidance and Support

You are required to meet with your academic advisor a minimum of one time each semester about your academic planning. This regular meeting ensures that you are making timely progress toward graduation. Depending on the level of help that you need, an academic advising session can last as few as ten minutes or up to an hour or more.

Each semester, you will be assigned a priority registration date based on the number of credits you have earned. You will see the date in your myWSU Manage Classes tile but there are several benefits to meeting with an advisor early.

There are several benefits of meeting with your advisor regularly. WSU Tri-Cities is the only campus in the university system who allows students to enroll in a full years schedule. Students will walk away from their advising knowing exactly what classes to enroll in for both the fall and spring semesters.

Students should take advantage of this opportunity as it helps plan their year in advance to better schedule personal and non-academic responsibilities earlier. Also, as classes can be competitive to get into, enrolling in both semesters at the same time can increase the likelihood of having a seat in classes required for the major.

Other benefits would be that students will be reminded earlier of any holds that might prevent them from registering for classes. Holds can include the Undergraduate Advising hold, Writing Portfolio hold, Admissions Transcript hold, and an Account Balance hold. These are the most common holds students see, and they must be resolved prior to being able to register in classes.

You can choose from three session options to meet the advising requirement.

If you are currently enrolled in classes at WSU Tri-Cities, you can schedule an individual appointment with your academic advisor through our SSC/Navigate system. This online scheduling system matches availability of your advisor with your class schedule, and only offers you times you are both available.

When scheduling your appointment, please use the comments box to note specific topics you want to address with your advisor. After you submit your request, you will receive an email to your WSU email, and a reminder email prior to your appointment.

If you are not able to attend for any reason, you will be responsible for cancaling your appointment. You can go back to SSC/Navigate and follow the instructions to cancel.

For assistance, you can also call or email the general Advising line at 509/372-7035 or

The e-advising from is ideal for you if you are self-directed and confident that you know and understand your graduation requirements. You can submit your schedule to your academic advisor, who will review it, correct it or make suggestions, and return it to you via email.

Process & Procedures
New Students

New students are required to attend a Student Orientation, Advising & Registration session (SOAR). For new students this is an opportunity to be introduced to information that is vital to their academic success at WSU Tri Cities – student life, campus and university policies, online portal navigation, academic curriculum information, meet and work with academic advisors, peer advisors and faculty mentors.

It is important for new students to complete their admissions checklist prior to attending their chosen SOAR Session. Students are required to register for these sessions ahead of time and will receive confirmation with details.

New students should also register for SOAR.


First-Year Students

Students in their first year at WSU Tri-Cities are required to complete face-to-face advising. Advising Sessions will be offered 2-3 weeks prior to registration by academic program, and multiple dates will be provided to accommodate student schedules. Students who are not able to attend a session can schedule an individual appointment with their academic advisor.

Continuing Students

Students already enrolled at WSU Tri-Cities and needing to enroll for the next year can attend an Advising Session, schedule an individual advising session, or complete the e-advising form.

Change of Campus Students

Students who transfer in from another WSU campus can attend an Undergraduate Advising Session, schedule an individual advising session, or complete the e-advising form.

Returning Students

Students who have attended a WSU campus but have not been enrolled for two or more consecutive semesters must reapply for admission before meeting with an advisor.

Once the student has accepted their admission, they can call or email Academic Advising to schedule an appointment.


General Advising Information
CIC 201D
Mondays thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last appointment at 4:30 p.m.)

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