New Advisors

Welcome to Western’s advising community! This site is intended for Western staff and faculty who serve in advising type roles. As an academic advisor you will make an important contribution to students’ educational experience and professional future. Developing a good working knowledge of Western’s policies and requirements will help you to confidently assume this important role.

Get started on the basics by reviewing the checklist below. The rest of the resources on this site will help you with the “nitty-gritty” of your advising appointments with students.

If you have advising questions after reviewing the manual, the Academic Advising Center is available to help in Old Main 380, by phone at 360.650.3850 or by email

  1. Subscribe to the advisor listservs
  2. Read through the viking advisor
  3. Watch the online advising videos
  4. Become familiar with ferpa
  5. Explore policies, tools, and resources