Academic advising is a continual process whereby faculty advisors provide developmental academic support and guidance for students throughout their college career.  Advisors help students learn responsibility and accountability for their academic progress and success while building a mutual respect and mentoring relationship with them.  Academic advising assists students in developing an educational plan consistent with their values, personal goals, and professional aspirations and fully exposes students to potential academic and co-curricular opportunities.

Academic Advising Process

At Illinois Wesleyan University, we have developed an academic advising program that takes into consideration the changing academic needs to students during their college years.  In addition, we recognize that not all students enter their collegiate experience with a declared major or may decide to change their major.

  • First Year: In order to facilitate a successful transition from high school to university life, the first-year student will work together with a qualified first year faculty advisor.

  • After the First Year: At the beginning of the sophomore year, the student is assigned an advisor who is a professor in the department of the chosen major.  This advisor continues to work with the student, guiding and monitoring academic progress until graduation.

  • Undecided Students: Students who are undecided about their major after their first year are assigned to the Director of Academic Advising in the Academic Advising Center to assist with the major exploration process.  However, students at any point in their educational career who are undecided about their major or who are contemplating a change in major are also encouraged to see the Director of Academic Advising.

Academic Advising Appointments

Students meet with their advisors to discuss a variety of topics, such as:

  • the benefits of a liberal arts education at IWU;

  • how to be an active member of the IWU campus community;

  • curricular planning;

  • handling the rigors of course work;

  • navigating campus resources;

  • registration and scheduling courses.

Students must meet with their advisor at least once each semester before registration to obtain their PIN in order to access the registration system.  Designated advising periods are scheduled each semester, and can be found on the university calendar.

Students at IWU can use this document to find out who their assigned academic advisor is.