Academic Advising Handbook
The Academic Advising Handbook was created as a resource for all who advise students at Wright State University. The handbook brings together information from colleges, departments, and offices relevant to academic advising with a stronger focus on undergraduate advising than graduate advising. Those who worked on this handbook made a concerted effort to gather all pertinent policies, procedures, guidelines, and instructions that would assist advisors in helping students.
2007 – Revised by the Undergraduate Academic Advising Council
2009 – Revised in preparation for the Fall 2012 transition to semesters
2015 – Revised into an online format
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The Undergraduate Academic Advising Council, created in 2006 to formalize the longstanding Academic Advising Group, exists to promote the consistency, accuracy and quality of academic advising at Wright State University.
The Council was granted Allied status by National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and adheres to the NACADA Statement of Core Values of Academic Advising.
In accordance with federal and state law, the university ensures the confidentiality of student information as required by FERPA. This law also covers a student’s right to review their educational record and have public information (as defined by Wright State) withheld from release.
- Undergraduate Admissions website
- Admissions Policies and Resources
- Types of undergraduate admission, printable application form, transfer credit policies
- Entering a Major or Changing a Major or Minor
- Some majors/minors require additional application requirements or processes.
- Program admission requirements are subject to change.
- Consult the college/division website for up-to-date information
- Math Placement Test
- Writing Placement Test
Credit for Prior Learning
University and Departmental Honors Programs
What is DARS?
Wright State University uses the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) as an advising tool to monitor students’ progress toward the completion of university, college, and program requirements. In many cases, this system has replaced a college or major department check sheet as a primary advising tool. Students now have web-based access to their own DARS records (through WINGS Express) so they can regularly check which requirements they have completed and which they haven’t. They are also able to run “what if” records that compare their coursework against a major other than their current one.
Every student’s DARS record is reviewed by advising staff in the appropriate college prior to being assigned a degree program and released for student access. During this review, the advisors in the various colleges will make sure that any transfer credit is being appropriately applied to requirements and adjust the DARS record as appropriate.