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Advising Services

Advising Services is committed to providing academic advising to all undergraduate students, including prospective students, at West Texas A&M University. While services are typically focused on students who have less than thirty hours credit and any student new to WT, they are available to any student, faculty or staff member who has questions or needs assistance. Through the advising process students will: be assisted with clarifying their personal and educational goals; learn educational options available at WT; select an educational plan consistent with their abilities, skills, interests and goals; discover the many opportunities available for student engagement; and learn of resources available to assist them with being a successful student.

Advising Information for Students

Resources for Parents


Advising Models by Department

Transitional

0 - 30 Hours:  Advising Services

31 - 60 Hours:  Transitional period where Advising Services OR departmental advisors may advise and green light.

61+ Hours:  Departmental advisor only

Departments Using

  • Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • Agricultural Sciences
    NOTE:  Pre-advising in department is REQUIRED before students may be green lighted in Advising Services.
  • Art, Theatre and Dance
  • Engineering & Computer Science
  • English, Philosophy and Modern Languages
  • Computer Information & Decision Management
  • Management, Marketing & General Business
  • Music

Freshman Intake

0 - 30 Hours:  Advising Services

31+ Hours:  Departmental advisor only

Departments Using

  • Communication
    NOTE: Mass Communication majors are REQUIRED to be pre-advised in department before being green lighted in Advising Services.
  • Communication Disorders
  • Education
  • History
  • Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Math, Chemistry & Physics
  • Nursing
  • Political Science & Criminal Justice
  • Psychology, Sociology & Social Work
  • Sports & Exercise Science


Summer Advising and Green Lighting

Students will be advised and green lighted in the same way for summer as the regular terms. Any change in this would be at the department head's or dean's discretion.

Transient/Non-degree Seeking Students

All students who are not seeking a degree from WT, but who are taking selected classes for leveling or for transfer back to their previous college or university, will be advised and green lighted in Advising Services.

New Transfer Students

All new transfer students will have an initial meeting at Advising Services where they will be welcomed and provided with a brief orientation to advising, green lighting and registration processes. A review of the student's prior academic credit will be discussed. Academic credit not yet evaluated or available only on unofficial grade reports, but available for review, will be manually evaluated (unofficial) for core and basic courses. Assistance will be provided in requesting official transcripts.

  • New transfer students with less than 30 hours credit
    • Student's personal and academic goals clarified in Advising Services
    • Advised and green lighted in Advising Services
    • Peer led through orientation to academic on-line services and registered through Buff Advisor
    • Brief orientation on services available for all students
  • New transfer students with 31 or more hours credit
    • Student's personal and academic goals clarified in Advising Services
    • Advised on academic credits and how they apply to their course of study
    • Student and completed paperwork sent to an advisor in the department for advising and green lighting based on the advising model used by department of their major.
    • If sent to departmental advisor, they will send the student back to Advising Services for a peer led orientation to academic on-line services (WT Class, WT student email, Buff Advisor, etc.) and registration through Buff Advisor.
    • Advising Services will assist with registration, if there are conflicts in prerequisites, class standing, etc.