Academic Advising and Placement

Advising and registration

Students will meet with Academic Advisors during Orientation to register for classes.  If you have questions prior to Orientation, contact the Academic Advising office of the Academic College housing your major.  On day 1 of each Orientation session, each Academic College will host an informational session to discuss the academic curriculum and registration process.  Parents and families are welcome to join in this session.  On day 2 of each Orientation session, students will meet with the Advisors to register for classes.  Parents and families will not join the students during this process.  

Course placement information

Your placement in various subject areas depends largely on standardized test scores. We prefer to receive your official ACT or SAT scores directly from the testing office at least one week prior to your scheduled orientation session. If this is not possible you may bring your score report with you to orientation to ensure accurate placement.

You may contact ACT to request a score report online or at (319) 337-1313. The WMU ACT code is 2066. You may contact SAT to request a score report online. The WMU SAT Code is 1902.

Advanced placement, international baccalaureate higher level, and dual-enrolled college credits

If you took an AP or IB HL exam and passed—or if you took any college courses while you were still in high school—please be sure to tell your advisor. You may have already earned college credits for math, writing or other subjects and your advisor can show you how these college credits will apply at Western. In order to be considered for credit at WMU you must have the testing organization send an official report of exam scores. If you have taken any college courses prior to coming to WMU please ask the college to send your transcript to WMU.

Skills building courses

Students must demonstrate basic competency in the skills of reading, writing and mathematics. Your placement in these three areas is based on a combination of ACT or SAT scores and high school GPA. If you have taken both the ACT and SAT—or have taken either of them more than once—your highest score is used to determine placement. Skills courses must be completed before you have 33 credits. Questions about this should be directed to the Director of Intellectual Skills at (269) 387-4411.

Skills building courses include:

  • ED 1040—Effective College Reading, 2 credits
  • ENGL 1000—Basic Writing, 4 credits graded as credit/no credit only
  • MATH 1090—Computational Skills, 2 credits

Credits earned in each of the above classes are not included in the 122 minimum credits required for graduation.