If you participated in Running Start
during high school...
Congratulations on your hard work and academic accomplishments while in Running Start! As a WWU freshman with Running Start experience, your transition may feel similar to that of a new freshman and a transfer student. Here is some information to help you to capitalize on your hard work and continue developing your academic goals and interests at WWU.
Academic Goals and Advising
- Think back to your academic experiences and goals during Running Start and use them to establish academic goals as a WWU student.
- Ask questions and seek advising. While you are accustomed to navigating the college experience independently, bringing a lot of credit is an asset and may be complicated. You may want to meet with advisors a couple times per quarter in your first year at WWU.
- Where to go for academic advising:
- Academic Advising Center—for general academic advising & choosing a major
- Academic Departments—advising for majors & minors
- Career Services Center—choosing a major & career exploration guidance
Know How Your Credits Count
- Make sure WWU has your final transcript from your community college (including final quarter grades and degree awarded, if applicable).
- Avoid duplication or unnecessary course work.
- Check your Transfer Equivalency Report (TER) to find out how your community college credits count toward Western requirements.
- Students transferring to Western with a Washington community college Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate Degree have completely satisfied their General University Requirements (GURs).
- Your community college classes and grades may count toward your chosen major or minor
Key Policies to Know
- Your GPA does not transfer to WWU. You establish your WWU GPA based on your academic performance in your 1st quarter at WWU.
- WWU expects students to choose a major when they have completed 90 credits and requires students to declare a major when they have completed 105 credits. Read the policy about declaring a major in the Catalog.
Explore Majors at WWU
- Many students have ideas of possible majors and careers while they are involved in Running Start. Now is the time to start connecting those ideas to possible majors at WWU.
- Keep in mind some majors have prerequisite classes, a GPA requirement, and an application process/deadline.
- Explore the Programs of Study
- See what majors WWU offers.
- Learn how to declare a major—each Major Guide explains the specific requirements to declare that major and includes contact information for department advisors.
- Explore Academic Departments
- Check out the department websites to learn about the professors and the opportunities each department offers its students.
- Meet with faculty and staff advisors to discuss the opportunities and steps to declare the major.
- Not sure what you want to study? Have questions?
- Schedule a Choosing a Major appointment with an Academic Advising Center or Career Services Center advisor.
- Review the Academic Advising Center's comprehensive Choosing a Major website.
- Check out What Can I do with a Major in…?
- See what types of first jobs WWU grads get with different majors.
- Complete an assessment of your personality and/or interests as they relate to careers and majors.
Next Steps to Maximize your WWU Experience
- Get involved on campus through the Associated Students (AS) clubs and programs.
- Build your resume experience through internships, research projects, and volunteer experience—the Career Services Center can help.
- Connect with your professors during office hours.
- Take advantage of resources like the Tutoring Center, Math Center and Hacherl Research & Writing Studio.