Each UW Colleges student has access to an academic advisor. You are encouraged to meet regularly with your advisor. He or she can assist you with:
- Acclimating to university life;
- Clarifying your academic and career goals as they relate to your life expectations;
- Guiding you in the selection of appropriate courses and other educational experiences;
- Interpreting institutional requirements;
- Increasing your awareness about educational resources available;
- Identifying your needs and referring you to appropriate campus and community resources;
- Evaluating your progress toward established goals and;
- Advancing your intellectual development.
If you are a returning adult student, Returning Adult Student Advisors are ready to help ease you into the college experience. Your advisor will support you throughout your time at UW Colleges. Some campuses also have Multicultural Student Advisors. Check with the campus Solution Center for more information.
As you near completion of your program of study, meeting with your academic advisor is particularly important. He or she will be able to assist you with questions concerning degree requirements and planning for transfer.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get assigned an academic advisor?
Once you are admitted to the UW Colleges, you may be assigned an academic advisor or you may be given the option of choosing your own from among the Solution Center personnel on your campus. Please contact the campus Solution Center for more information.
Am I required to meet with my academic advisor? How can I see my advisor?
- You are encouraged to meet with your academic advisor at least once a semester during registration time.
- Check and see when they have office hours or make an appointment by telephone or email.
How can I make sure I get the classes I need?
- See your advisor regularly.
How can I pass my classes and succeed at the UW Colleges?
- Attend class and review your materials after class. Do your homework!
- Don't waste time. Set 3-4 goals for the semester and plan the hours in your day to meet those goals.
- Use a calendar to see your assignments at a week and month's glance.
- Study for tests and papers well in advance and use the night before they are due for reviewing, not cramming.
- Form a study group in classes you have difficulty in.
- Take advantage of tutorial services.
- Talk to your instructors.
- Do not overload yourself by taking too many courses and working more than you can handle. 15-17 credits are the recommended course load for a full-time student who is not working.
- Become involved in student organizations and campus life.
- Exercise to relieve stress.
- Don't be a nerd or a party animal: balance your social life with your academic goals.
What is the optimal balance between working and going to school?
- Students attending college often benefit from working as long as it is less than 20 hours weekly.
- In general, you should avoid working until you establish a good academic record at the UW Colleges.
- Keep in mind that your course load requires about 2-3 hours per week for each credit hour taken. For example, a 15-hour load will require 30 to 45 hours of your time if you expect to have good grades. Add your hours of work to the 30 to 45-hour class load in order to assess just how busy you will be.
- If you must work 40 hours a week, you should take no more than 2 classes a semester. It is better to do well and go slow, than to take on too much and make poor grades. If you make bad grades, you could extend your time in college by having to take additional courses just to improve your grades. That really slows you down!
How can I make sure I am taking the correct courses?
- Always check the requirements for the Associate Degree, and if you know where you plan to transfer, and your major, check the requirements at your transfer institution.
- Read the course descriptions in the UW Colleges Catalog to make sure that you have taken the prerequisites for each course.
- Contact your advisor.