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How do I declare a major?

Please contact:
Guy Herling
Academic Services Director
105 Graff Main Hall

How do I find who my advisor is?

Faculty advisor assignments can be found on WINGS. When logging into WINGS look at the Student Center home page, lower right-hand corner.

Requests for faculty advisor changes must be made through the Chair of the Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, 124 Mitchell Hall.

How often will I meet with my advisor?

Students are required to attend the mandatory "PH CHE Mass Advising" meeting which is scheduled every semester prior to registration. Students also MUST meet with their academic advisor at least one time each semester. The Department of Health Education and Health Promotion automatically places a registration restriction on all students prior to the registration window for each semester. Once a student attends the PH CHE Mass Advising and meets with their academic advisor, the assigned academic advisor can release the registration restriction.

What do I do when meeting with my advisor?

When meeting with your academic advisor, discussion will mainly center on your academic progress and specific courses needed in the near and future semesters. Each student should complete a career-long planner which maps out an ideal schedule of classes from the first meeting with your advisor through graduation. This planner should contain required courses in an ideal sequence and program assessment requirements.

Advising meetings are also times when students can talk with their faculty advisor about other issues or situations. Faculty advisors are great sources of information and can point students in the direction of needed resources to assist them in coping with situations which arise while at UWL.

How can I prepare for my advising meeting?

Students are highly encouraged to create an advising folder. This folder contains all official paperwork for UWL, including a copy of a current (unofficial) transcript, advising sheet with courses checked-off, and a current planner. Keep a running list of questions for your advisor as you progress through each semester.

Students can prepare for advising meetings by reviewing their course planner and print/bring a copy to the meeting. It is helpful also to have any questions written down to be sure the information is discussed and questions answered.

What if I am struggling academically or personally?

Students are highly encouraged to contact their faculty advisor or a trusted faculty member as soon as you feel there is, or potentially could be, a problem academically or personally.

Faculty will either work with you directly or refer you to another trusted professional who is better trained or equipped to work with your situation. It is important students keep in touch with their faculty advisor or a trusted faculty member regularly so situations can be handled early (when they are smaller issues) rather than after situations have become overwhelming. Remember no issue is too small to ask or talk about!

What if I would like more of a challenge or a new experience?

Talk with your academic faculty advisor about your interest in undergraduate research or exploring related careers.

How do I apply for graduation?

Graduation is applied for electronically through your WINGS account. Students are recommended to apply for graduation one year prior to your expected semester of graduation. For teacher education students, this is the same semester when you submit your student teaching application.