Student Advising FAQs

  • What is the difference between Student Advisers (SA) and Residential Advisers (RA)?

    A Residential Adviser (RA) is a very generalized adviser who lives nearby. They are a non-confidential resource to aid in the college transition and to make sure rules are being followed. Student Advisers, on the other hand, specialize in academic advising. SAs and RAs alike advise on much of the same information. However, the main purpose of a SA is to provide guidance individually and within small advising groups on general academic inquiries, class selection, building a social network, and connecting students with resources on and off campus that will aid in their overall experience at WFU. Working closely with lower-division advisors and the Office of Academic Advising, SAs develop and support academic plans built on the values, goals, and career aspirations of incoming students. 

  • When creating a schedule, what are some things to look out for?

    Know yourself! Do you prefer to have classes clumped together (much like high school), or do you prefer breaks? Especially in your first few semesters, try and diversify your schedule as much as possible. Be wary of when you prefer to eat and socialize, and make sure you are planning around these times.

  • With so much free time, how do I successfully prioritize classwork?

    It is important to remind yourself that you are at Wake Forest, first-and-foremost, to learn. Sticking to a schedule and setting aside time to study/research/etc. is crucial to staying on top of your academics. It is also important in your first few months to pay attention to your habits and learn what works for you. Free time should be treated as just that, time to spend when everything else is complete.

  • Are divisional requirements going to set me back regarding my major?

    Not in the slightest! Every Wake Forest student must complete them to graduate, and in many cases, taking these classes helps you decide on a major! That said, the earlier you complete your divisional courses, the more time you will have to capitalize on your interests in meaningful ways. Don’t forget that divisional courses also often count toward intended majors and minors!

  • How do I know which divisionals to take?

    Whether you want to dive deeper into a subject you studied in high school or trek into uncharted territory, divisionals are a great way to do both. We recommend planning divisionals around your interests, including potential majors you’d like to explore. For example, if you think you may want to be a Computer Science major, try taking CSC 111 to see if you like the subject. If you end up majoring in Computer Science, CSC 111 will satisfy half of DIV V and satisfy the first required course for your major. If you major in something different, at least you still satisfied half of DIV V! If you have no idea what you may want to major in, no worries at all; we suggest picking classes in subjects you enjoy and are curious about!

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