First-Year Student Advising

Welcome to the Nest!

Congratulations on your acceptance! The Office of Academic Advising is here to help you navigate your academic journey. We want to introduce you to the support and resources available to ensure a successful transition to Westfield State.

Key Steps:

  1. Your first class schedule: The Registrar’s Office will build all incoming first-year student schedules based on departmental recommendations. During New Student Orientation, there will be a presentation given about First Year Journey (FYJ) courses. At that time, students will identify several FYJ courses they are interested in taking. The information will be given to the Registrar's Office and the student will be enrolled in one of their selections.

  2. Math placement testing: The Mathematics Department will email students' that are required to complete the math placement test to determine the best fit for first-year math course(s) at WSU. For more information, please contact Bryan Scott in the Math Department: The following majors are required to take the math placement test: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Computer & Information Sciences, Computer Science, Data Science, Earth System Science, Economics, Finance, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Management, Marketing, Music Therapy, and Nursing.

  3. Advising support: Academic Advising is available to answer questions from 8am to 3pm Monday through Friday, and will work closely with incoming first-year Exploratory students. Exploratory students will receive an email from about next steps.

  4. Add/Drop: The Advising Center and Registrar's Office will provide in-person assistance during the Fall 2024 Add/Drop period from Tuesday, September 3 to Tuesday, September 10, 2024 for students who are looking to make changes to their schedules.

  5. Future planning: New students are assigned a major advisor in the beginning of their first semester. After the first semester schedule, students will register for their own course schedules by meeting with their assigned major advisor(s) to plan for future semesters. 

Important note: If you have any questions about the advising process, feel free to email Office of Academic Advising is open and available during the summer Monday through Friday 8:00am-3:00pm. We will be closed on May 27, June 19, July 4, and September 2, 2024.

We're excited to support you on your academic journey!

Summer Office Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Contact us

The Office of Academic Advising & Transfer Transition
Parenzo Hall 163