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Advising System Mission Statement

The mission of the advising system at Virginia Wesleyan University is to foster the growth of strong relationships between students and faculty, enabling student success through intentional connections with people, academic programs, and processes of Virginia Wesleyan University. This endeavor should lead to successful academic planning, retention, and professional growth, as students pursue well-planned life and career goals following a timely graduation.

Marlins Take Four Advising Handbook (PDF) is provided to all entering freshmen at New Student Orientation.

Assignment to a Faculty Advisor

As an entering freshman, you will be assigned to a faculty advisor who is trained to provide guidance from a multi-disciplinary approach and who will also serve as your First Year Experience instructor. If you are a transfer student with interest in a particular major, you will be assigned to an advisor closely aligned with that discipline. You must meet with your advisor to discuss your interests and goals, learn about requirements, and work out a schedule of classes prior to web registration.

Selecting an Advisor upon Declaring a Major

Upon declaring a major, you will ask a full-time faculty member in your major field to serve as your advisor. You must complete a Declaration of Major Form, which is signed by both you and your major advisor.  At a minimum, you will meet with your advisor during the officially designated advising weeks in the fall and spring before being released for web registration. When you complete an Application for Degree, your advisor will certify that you have completed all college and major requirements.

Following Your majors and minors Academic Progress

Faculty advisors will make every attempt to provide you with accurate information and effective guidance on academic progress toward your degree. Your advisor will refer you to campus resource persons who can assist you in matters that they are not prepared to handle or when additional authorization is required.

Your Responsibility as a Student

The final responsibility for meeting all academic requirements ultimately rests with you. As a VWU student, you have a personal WebAdvisor account. WebAdvisor is a valuable tool for tracking your academic progress and ensuring completion of all college and major requirements. You can keep track of the requirements for on the university website or in the VWU Catalog for your year of entry.

Tips to Optimize Your Advising Experience

  1. Schedule and keep advising appointments throughout the year, especially during designated advising weeks in the fall and spring. If you cannot make an appointment, you should notify your advisor ahead of time by phone or e-mail.
  2. Be prepared for advising appointments by bringing questions and ideas about potential classes and college requirements.
  3. Inform your advisor of changes in your academic or personal (as appropriate) situation. Be open and honest about your situation in order for your advisor to provide the best possible guidance.
  4. Follow your progress toward a degree on WebAdvisor, and take the initiative to ask questions.
  5. Accept responsibility for your actions and decisions.