Advising, Planning, and Course Selection

As students plan for registration and desired major/minor studies at Wake Forest University, the Office of Academic Advising suggests:

  1. Meeting and communicating with your adviser consistently.
  2. Evaluating your core, divisional, and degree requirements using  DegreeWorks– see Degree Evaluation to right.
  3. Academic Planning meeting with an academic counselor in OAA.
  4. Using OAA’s walk-in hours for quick questions.

Meeting with lower-division and major/minor advisers at Wake Forest University plays a vital role in your academic and personal growth. Advisers are careful listeners, caring consultants, impartial coaches, and helpful guides to an exciting, changing array of academic options, and also assist with the often-daunting procedural challenges students might face in a complex university environment.  They can teach and empower students to take personal responsibility for their own education. Thus, academic advisers (lower-division or major/minor) are the first point of contact for a student seeking academic guidance.

Note: All undergraduate students are required to meet with their assigned adviser prior to receive their PIN for registration.

Regularly using DegreeWorks to check requirements met and unmet, and your progress toward graduation, is crucial to your academic planning.  In addition to recording courses you have taken, DegreeWorks has many useful planning functions. For example, “What If” Analyses allow students to see what courses they need for various major or minor choices.  Or the GPA calculator allows students to see how overall GPA will change given different final grades in a class.

Planning with an academic counselor in OAA can be helpful for thinking through complex scenarios that might involve multiple majors and/or minors, plans to study abroad while completing a major with complicated requirements, or other complications. Academic planning meetings in OAA are typically scheduled for an hour and may include: a detailed review of the students academic record, guided instruction on DegreeWorks, extensive major/minor requirement planning, and future semester course schedule planning. To schedule an appointment with an academic counselor please call 336.758.3320 or visit our office (125 Reynolda Hall).

Students who have quick questions are encouraged to use OAA’s walk-in hours (M-F, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Read more about advising services provided by OAA.