Advising and Course Selection

Entering students have a number of people ready to assist them, such as their class dean, faculty advisor and instructors. Below are advising resources and processes to help with academic planning and course selection.

Academic Planning/Advising Resources

  • Faculty & Student Advising Handbook

    As you plan for July course registration and your arrival in the Fall, it is important to review the Faculty and Student Advising Handbook. The Handbook is designed to help you achieve your educational goals by providing advice on how to get the most out of your relationship with your faculty advisor as you build your program of study over the course of your Wesleyan career. The Handbook also provides information about academic departments and programs, graduation requirements, each year’s journey through Wesleyan, study abroad, the major declaration process, academic support services for students, and summary procedures of the Honor Board and the Community Standards Board. The Common Advising Questions section is also very informative.
  • Advising Guidelines

    Guidelines and resources to help students craft a well-balanced and manageable course schedule across the disciplines that both highlights and stretches their intellectual curiosity and creativity.
  • Wesvising

    Wesvising is a site developed by faculty members in the different departments, programs, and colleges to inform incoming students about their disciplines and the courses they offer. Most departments have videos and all departments have helpful FAQs to guide you as you develop your plan of study.

  • Study Another Language

    Dynamic, embedded in cultural learning, and leading to rapid progress: Studying a language other than English at Wesleyan is nothing like what you experienced in high school! Visit this site to learn about the 15+ different languages you can learn at Wes and to begin planning your immersive study abroad experience from your first semester! Wesleyan has rigorous study abroad pre-requisites, with many of our non-English speaking programs requiring one to two years of language study prior to departure. As you plan for July course registration, use this resource to start thinking about how to include language study in your academic plan from your first semester.

  • Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact

    Thinking about a possible major? Considering long-term goals? "Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact" is an online course on Coursera that aims to help learners understand their motivations, strengths, and goals, and appreciate how personal identity affects both academic and career decision making. The course is taught by adult developmental psychologist and career counselor Sharon Belden Castonguay, Executive Director of the Gordon Career Center at Wesleyan, and is offered free of charge to Wesleyan students. You may view a video about the course here. You will need to create an account in Coursera using your e-mail address in advance in order to access the course for free through your WesPortal.

  • Ideals into Practice

    Ideals into Practice (I2P) is a program that allows you to make connections between your academic curriculum and the practical experience you gain through campus employment, off campus internships, community service and extracurricular activities. By allowing you to engage in deep reflection about the skills you are gaining throughout your time at Wesleyan, you will be better able to understand and explain to others how your education prepares you for life after college. You will gain access to an online portfolio for the purpose of reflecting on your academic and nonacademic experiences during your time at Wesleyan. You will be encouraged to give your faculty and career advisors access to your portfolio to help facilitate the advising process. You may receive course credit for your participation by registering for CSPL 405: Ideals into Practice during Drop/Add.

  • Explore the Wesleyan Curriculum, Advice from Professor Andrew Szegedy-Mazak

    A brief essay from Andrew Szegedy-Mazak, Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek, urging you to approach your Wesleyan education with a mixture of structure and experimentation.

  • Academic Interest Questionnaire

    This questionnaire will help entering students to articulate and define your intellectual interests for the purpose of assigning advisors. We will do our best to assign a faculty advisor who is teaching one of your courses or with whom you share an academic interest. It will also help you as you explore the curriculum--from the languages to the sciences--for the purposes of course planning and is also intended to help new students think about where they have been–and where they are going–in their academic careers. Please take some time to reflect upon the prompt and write a thoughtful response. There are no right or wrong answers; the exercise is purposely open-ended to encourage freedom of thought and diversity of expression. It will also help you look for courses that will strengthen your critical thinking.
  • Pre-professional Concerns

    While the first-year is not too early to think about post-college plans, in most cases it is too early to make course selections based only on career intentions. Ideally, the Wesleyan experience will unite career interests with liberal learning. Incoming students might want to consider suggested or pre-requisite courses listed here if they are considering pursuing pre-law, pre-health and pre-professional school tracks.


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  • Accessibility Services

    Wesleyan University is committed to supporting all students in their academic and co-curricular endeavors. The mission of Accessibility Services is to create an accessible and inclusive learning environment where disability is recognized as an aspect of diversity. Students with documented learning, physical, sensory, health, or psychiatric disabilities are able to request reasonable accommodations through Accessibility Services to ensure access to education, housing, meal, and co-curricular activities at Wesleyan. Students who have, or suspect they may have, a disability for which they would like to request accommodations, should contact Accessibility Services to discuss their needs.
  • Student Academic Resources

    Student Academic Resources coordinates programs for intellectual enrichment and academic support.
    The goals are to foster a community culture that recognizes the relationship between intellectual growth and personal development; to ensure that students know about and are encouraged to seek out appropriate services; and to share information among programs and constituents to ensure the provision of high quality and accessible services that facilitate academic achievement for all students. The office is home to the academic peer advisors, the peer tutoring program for course material, and accessibility resources. Dean Laura Patey, Dean for Academic Advancement, and Crystal Hill, Accessibility Specialist, look forward to working with you.


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  • Thinking about majoring in CEAS, COL or CSS?

    Wesleyan has three majors that required declaration during the spring semester of the freshman year. These programs are the College of Social Studies, The College of Letters and the College of East Asian Studies.  While we like to advise students to explore a wide range of classes in their first year of college and hone their interests, if you are thinking about one of these programs, it may affect the decisions that you make during pre-registration.
  • Dual Degree Engineering Programs

    For students wishing to combine the study of engineering with a broad background in liberal arts, Wesleyan maintains Dual Degree Programs with California Institute of TechnologyColumbia University (Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science), and Dartmouth College (Thayer School of Engineering). In these programs, students earn two bachelor degrees, a B.A. from Wesleyan and a B.S. (Caltech, Columbia) or B.E. (Dartmouth) from the affiliate engineering school. Various options are available; Professor Lutz Huwel is the point person for Wesleyan. 


  • Three-Year Option

    Students who graduate in six semesters (three years of normal course loads plus summer courses) may expect to save about 20 percent of the total cost of a Wesleyan education. The three-year option is not for everyone, but for those students who are able to declare their majors early, earn credit during Wesleyan summer sessions, and take advantage of the wealth of opportunities on campus, this more economical path to graduation can be of genuine interest. Students considering this option should consult during their first year with Dean David Phillips to review policies and procedures.
  • First Year Matters Common Reading

    This site includes information about our First Year Matters Common Reading, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together”.

Course Registration

  • Building an Academic Program

    Students have considerable flexibility in choosing their program of study from an extremely rich and varied curriculum, and most students have little difficulty finding courses suited to their interests. They have the opportunity to create a coherent program of study—one that enables them to develop important skills, exposes them to new areas of knowledge and skills, and develops existing aptitudes and expertise, while keeping in mind the semester credit minimum and degree requirements.
  • WesMaps

    A full listing of the courses offered during a given academic year.
  • Course Registration

    This site will walk you through pre-registration, Adjustment and drop/add, as well as different resources and processes related to course selection.
  • Placement tests

    Wesleyan offers placement tests in order for you to enroll in the appropriate level of a language, math or science course.  You will be eligible to rank the math and language courses with pre-requisites during pre-registration planning once you have received the course recommendation from your placement test.  Therefore, it is important that you complete the appropriate placement tests before June 30.  This applies to transfer students as well, if there is a course on the college transcript that demonstrates a level of knowledge.