Academic Advising Center

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.

Your first experience with Academic Advising will be at Advising and Orientation Programs. For more information, please visit the New Student Services/Family Outreach website.

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
    • Student Outreach Services—general academic advising

Know How Your Credits Count

  • Make sure WWU has your final transcript from all institutions where you earned credit: previous college(s) including final quarter and degree awarded if you earned a degree, The College Board for Advanced Placement tests and/or International Baccalaureate credits.
  • Avoid duplication or unnecessary course work.
  • Check you Transfer Equivalency Report (TER) to find out how the credits you already earned count toward Western requirements.
  • Students transferring to Western with a Washington State 2 year college Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate Degree have completely satisfied their General University Requirements (GURs).
  • Your previous college credits and grades may count toward your chosen major or minor.
    • Degree Works in Web4U allows you to complete a What If analysis to see how your coursework applies to different majors and/or minors.

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

  • Build your resume experience through internships, research projects, and volunteer experience—the Career Services Center can help.
  • Connect with your professors during office hours.