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Proper academic advising, along with institutional support and resources, are vital to your success. Whether you are a first-year student just beginning your collegiate academic experience, a transfer student joining us from another institution, or a continuing student embarking on upper-level major courses, effective guidance in navigating college life can mean the difference between timely graduation and falling short of your academic goals. We are here to help!
Winston-Salem State University takes a "student-centered" approach to assisting its students reach their academic potential by assigning each of them an Academic Success Counselor (ASC), who becomes the student's first point-of-contact regarding all academic advising issues, upon entering the university. The ASC is able to provide you advice on course and curriculum choices, guiding you through the timely completion of the General Education curriculum course requirements (typically the first 60 hours of your academic pathway), while answering common questions such as:
- What options do I have in choosing courses that cover various topics and themes that interest me, while satisfying the required Areas of Knowledge, Learning Outcomes, and Curricular Themes in General Education?
- How do I go about changing my pre-major or my declared major? What happens to the pre-requisite major courses that I have already taken?
- Which elective courses would benefit me most in the career path that I have chosen?
- I have just received a scholarship... how do I go about applying it to my tuition?
- I would like to pursue a Study Abroad opportunity... where do I start?
- I'm in danger of failing a class... how do I get tutoring help?
- I have received a notice of academic warning/suspension... what do I do now?
- I've been "SAP'ed"... what does that mean and how do I handle it?
These are just a few examples of the types of questions that your ASC can answer for you. Your ASC will have both scheduled appointment and "walk-in" time available for you to meet one-on-one to help you make the best academic choices. To find out who your faculty advisor is, take a look at the instruction sheet for Banner advisor look-up.
In addition to helping the general population of students, each of UCaLL's ASCs are assigned to a special population of students and are able to assist in meeting the specific needs of each of those student groups. Visit our academic success counselor staff page.
Upon approaching the 60 semester hour mark, students are then transitioned to a faculty advisor within the department of their chosen major, who provides continued curriculum support and guidance while addressing the unique needs and challenges of the related area of study.
Throughout the college experience, WSSU students receive additional academic support from Faculty Mentors, a select group of university professors and administrators who function as “curriculum consultants”, providing an overview of the advantages of a liberal arts-based education and the General Education curriculum through group sessions with students who have indicated similar academic interests.