Getting An Advisor

Getting An Advisor

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise believes that academic advising is critical to student success and makes every effort to ensure that each student has an assigned advisor to whom he or she can turn for assistance.

First year students are assigned a success coach to assist with advising and other functions during the first three terms of enrollment.  Success coaches and faculty partner to insure that students receive the best possible advice.  Freshmen may seek advising assistance from the Office of Advising and Retention, which is open daily from 8 a.m to 5 p.m

Students who are ready to declare an academic major must meet with the chair of the department in which the major is housed in order to complete the declaration.   The department chair will assign the student for advising to a faculty member within the department.  First-year students may declare their majors, but are expected to work as well with their success coaches until fully transitioned into the academic department.

Transfer and readmitted students with more than 30 hours are urged to declare their majors with the departments upon matriculation, but may work with the Office of Advising and Retention until a declaration of major is filed (see below).

Students access registration at the College on the basis of seniority:  seniors are offered registration access first, then juniors, sophomore, freshmen, and all other new enrollees.  Advisors must open registration access for their students electronically; advisees should work with their advisors well in advance of an upcoming registration period to ensure a smooth registration experience.  All students are required to declare a major by the time they have earned 45 hours and should declare as soon as feasible during the session in which the 45 hour mark is reached; students who have failed to declare by 45 hours forfeit their registration priority.