The Basics

The University Mission Statement on Academic Advising
Contains an overview of and links to useful resources on advising for faculty, staff, and students.

The University Registrar’s Webpage
Contains information on academic calendars, courses, registration, etc.

Advising Links
This page provides an overview of useful advising links including information on drop/add policies, class attendance, and advising resources from national organizations focused on matters of advising and student support.

Departments, Programs, and Areas of Study
A comprehensive page with links to all areas of study.

Course Recommendations by Department
A comprehensive list of the courses recommended for first-year students by each department.

FDRs and General Education Requirements
An overview of general education requirements at W&L as they now stand.

Holistic Advising
A living document on the six phases of holistic advising (Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, Deeper Reflection), based on the work of Drs. Jenny Bloom and Amanda Propst-Cuevas and developed by W&L faculty and staff during a half-day session during Fall Academy, 2021. The hope is that we’ll revisit this document periodically to revise and add additional advising tips.

Struggling Students
Have a student in academic distress? Go here for resources. Have a student who might be struggling emotionally or mentally? Refer to these resources immediately.

Drop/Add policies for Undergraduates.
This site gives an overview of dates and policies. For information on Spring Term policies, please go here. For information on Drop/Add during Summer Terms, please visit here.

Further Details and Nuances


 Abitur Program

Link to the credits that will be considered for students that completed the Abitur program in high school.

 Advising Ethics and Decisions

An essay by Paula A. Landon on the guidelines set out by national organizations for ethical and effective advising.

Advising Resources Clearinghouse:

NACADA—the Global Community for Academic Advising—provides an array of resources on effective advising. Their clearinghouse may be particularly useful.

One-Page Primers

Looking for quick resources on study abroad, struggling students, or other matters? This page provided by the provost can be useful.

Study Abroad

Information on study abroad: opportunities, policies, and resources.

University Calendar

A link to all of the events going on across campus. Useful for students intent upon becoming active members of the W&L community.

Stay in the Know!