Academic Advising

My Student's Academic Life

If you have questions about your student’s academics, look no further! View frequently asked questions about majors, registration, FERPA, and more. If you don’t find the answer to your question on this page, contact the Student Development and Success Center.

My student was admitted to Western Illinois University. What are our next steps?

Congratulations! Check out our Next Steps page for more information whether your student is a freshman, transfer, international, online, or graduate student.

Where do we go for orientation?

For both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses, information about new student orientation and registration can be found here.

How can I find out more about my student’s major?

Our acedemics web page offers more information about all of our majors at Western.

How does my student register for classes?

Visit the Office of the Registrar's webpage for more details.

What is FERPA and why can I only find out directory information about my student?

Visit this handout from the Office of the Registrar for more information on FERPA.

What options do I have for accessing my student’s records and grades?

At Western Illinois University, faculty and staff are bound by FERPA but understand that this lack of access can create frustration, especially for parents of new students who want to assist with their student’s college transition. We encourage your family to discuss the level of access that’s right for you.