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First-Year Advising

As part of OneStop Student Services, First-Year Advising offers a holistic advising experience to assist students in their transition to college.

Students entering WSU directly from high school are provided with all-in-one support in the areas of: building a semester schedule, setting up a degree plan, reviewing financial aid, understanding your bill and setting up payment plans. Our advisors also assist with admissions, academic advising, financial aid, registration and student accounts.

Questions? Please call OneStop at 316-978-7440, email onestop@wichita.edu or visit the OneStop website.

 

Enrollment

Learn what steps to follow to enroll in classes for your first and second semesters as a Shocker. 

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The first step for enrollment is to RSVP for orientation at wichita.edu/orientation. Once you've completed the RSVP, your next steps depend on when you start at Wichita State.
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You must meet in person with your first-year advisor before registering for your second semester of classes. 

Student Information

Everything you need to know about before you fill out your Enrollment Questionnaire. 

Who is my First-Year Advisor? 

Students are assigned an advisor based on their major and academic college at Wichita State. 

First-Year Advisors

Kristen Watts

Specialist / First-Year Advisor

kristen.watts@wichita.edu

Business: Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Real Estate

Brittany Ulmer

Specialist / First-Year Advisor

brittany.ulmer@wichita.edu

Applied Studies and Fine Arts: Teaching Education, Art Education, Art History, Studio Art, Dance, Graphic Design, Media Arts, Music, Music Education, Musical Theater, Theater Performance, Theater Technology

Lori Evans

Specialist / First-Year Advisor

lori.evans@wichita.edu

Engineering, last name alpha A-L: Aerospace, Applied Computing, Biomedical, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical, Engineering Management, Engineering Technology, Industrial, Manufacturing, Mechanical

Monica Leiker

Specialist / First-Year Advisor

monica.leiker@wichita.edu

Engineering, last name alpha M-Z: Aerospace, Applied Computing, Biomedical, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical, Engineering Management, Engineering Technology, Industrial, Manufacturing, Mechanical

Kylie Johnson

Assistant Director

kylie.johnson@wichita.edu

Human Performance Studies: Exercise Science and Sport Management

Hannah Vanorsby

Specialist/First-Year Advisor

hannah.vanorsby@wichita.edu

Health Professions: Aging Studies, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Dental Hygiene, Health Science, Health Management, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing, Pre-Physical Therapy Track, Pre-Physician Assistant Track

Elia Ortega

Specialist / First-Year Advisor

elia.ortega@wichita.edu

Liberal Arts and Sciences, last name alpha A-L: Anthropology, Biochemistry-ACS, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communication, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Electronic Media, English, Ethnic Studies, Forensic Science, Geography, Geology, History, International Studies, Mathematics, Mathematics-Statistics, Modern and Classical Languages, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Medical Professions Track, Pre-Law Track, Psychology, Religion, Social Work, Sociology, Women's Studies

Kindra Brooks

Specialist / First-Year Advisor

kindra.brooks@wichita.edu

Liberal Arts and Sciences, last name alpha M-Z: Anthropology, Biochemistry-ACS, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communication, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Electronic Media, English, Ethnic Studies, Forensic Science, Geography, Geology, History, International Studies, Mathematics, Mathematics-Statistics, Modern and Classical Languages, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Medical Professions Track, Pre-Law Track, Psychology, Religion, Social Work, Sociology, Women's Studies

Academic Colleges

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I'm starting my first semester at WSU

The first step for enrollment is to RSVP for orientation at wichita.edu/orientation. Once you've submitted your RSVP for orientation, your next steps depend on when you start at Wichita State.


I'm starting in the fall and submitted my orientation RSVP between March 1 and July 31

  1. The orientation RSVP will include an Enrollment Questionnaire where you will provide information about your academic history and preferences for your first semester at WSU.
  2. First-year advisors build your schedule based on your questionnaire responses and degree plan for your chosen major. 

    Please note, we need transcripts and test scores in many cases before we can build your schedule! Learn more about transcripts.
  3. We will email you (and send a post card) with instructions on how to view and submit a decision for your schedule. 
  4. You'll have 10 business days to decide if the schedule is right for you. Please note, if no decision is made by the 10-day deadline, you will be dropped from your courses and must contact OneStop to start the process over.
  5. From here, you can either:
    • Approve your schedule: If you approve your schedule, you are good to go! You cannot make changes on your own until after you attend your orientation program, so if you have questions, please contact OneStop

      OR
    • Decline / ask additional questions: If you decline or have questions, a first-year advisor will work with you via phone, email or in person, to finalize your schedule.
  6. You are good to go! If you have any questions, please contact OneStop.

A tip to prep for next semester

All students are required to meet in person with their first-year advisor to enroll for their second semester at Wichita State.
View second semester steps


I'm starting in the fall and submitted my orientation RSVP on or after Aug. 1

  1. After you RSVP for orientation, please contact OneStop at 316-978-3909 to schedule an advising appointment.
  2. Attend your appointment to discuss your degree plan and select classes for your upcoming semester.
  3. Register for classes online with assistance from your first-year advisor.
  4. You are good to go! If you have any questions, please contact OneStop.

A tip to prep for next semester

All students are required to meet in person with their first-year advisor to enroll for their second semester at Wichita State.
View second semester steps


I'm starting in the spring

  1. After you RSVP for orientation, please contact OneStop at 316-978-3909 to schedule an advising appointment.
  2. Attend your appointment to discuss your degree plan and select classes for your upcoming semester.
  3. Register for classes online with assistance from your first-year advisor.
  4. You are good to go! If you have any questions, please contact OneStop.

A tip to prep for next semester

All students are required to meet in person with their first-year advisor to enroll for their second semester at Wichita State.
View second semester steps


I'm starting my second semester at WSU

You must meet in person with your first-year advisor before registering for your second semester classes. 

  1. Call OneStop at 316-978-3909 during business hours to schedule your second semester advising appointment. OneStop is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. 

Some things to remember for your second semester advising appointment:

Transcripts

Unofficial Transcripts

If you've taken courses for college credit, you must submit your unofficial transcripts to your first-year advisor. If you've taken courses from multiple colleges, you'll need to submit unofficial transcripts from all. Providing transcripts is critical to making sure you're enrolled in the correct classes for your degree program. 

Please send your unofficial transcripts to onestop@wichita.edu. Your first-year advisor may also request your unofficial high school transcript if it isn't already on file here at WSU. 

Official Transcripts

Once your college courses are completed, you will need to send final official transcripts to the Registrar's Office. It's important to get these transcripts to WSU as soon as possible, so the courses can be posted to your academic record. 

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Test Scores

ACT / SAT

You'll need to send your official ACT / SAT scores for admission to WSU. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will accept those scores placed on official high school transcripts. We recommend that you have the test scores sent directly from the testing agency. If your ACT / SAT scores are not on file, your first-year advisor may request an unofficial copy of your score to build your schedule. 

At WSU, students are placed into their foundational math and English courses based on their math and English ACT scores. Some of these courses are remedial courses and are required to prepare students for their mandatory English Composition and Math course requirements. Remedial courses do not count toward your degree and could potentially delay graduation. As always, talk to your advisor to figure out a course schedule that fits your academic needs. 

Placement Exams

Based off your ACT / SAT scores, your first-year advisor might suggest that you take WSU's English and math placement exams. If you score high enough on these exams, you can place directly into English 101 and / or Math 111 (or your degree's math requirement equivalent).

Learn more about Placement Exam testing information, including minimum scores needed to place into your English and math courses:

Placement Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

Students who have taken, or plan to take, any Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests may be eligible to receive college credit. Students who have completed any AP or IB tests need to have those scores sent to WSU so they can receive college credit. Your first-year advisor may also request an unofficial copy of those scores to confirm you scored high enough to receive credit. 

Learn more about Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB), including the minimum scores needed to receive college credit: 

Advanced Placement (AP) credit International Baccalaureate (IB) credit

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