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Academic Advising

The Honors College provides additional advising services for students of all academic standing. Honors College advisors help students navigate their undergraduate careers while capitalizing on best co-curricular opportunities available. Students meet with their Honors College advisors for much more than course schedule planning, including:
  • Transfer Credit Evaluation
  • Career planning
  • Study Abroad
  • Engagement in Research and thesis preparation
  • Application preparation for internships, prestigious scholarships, jobs, and graduate or professional schools
  • Academic wellness and balance, including academic probation
Honors College students are not assigned to a particular Honors College advisor, but may meet with any Honors advisor they prefer, per availability. To schedule an advising appointment, please feel welcome to call 509.335.4505 or stop by Elmina White Honors Hall, room 130.

NEW! Drop-In Advising

Drop-In advising is now available for Honors College Students on the following days during the Spring 2020 semester:

Monday: 11:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday: 11:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday: 11:30am-12:30pm
Thursday: 11:30am-12:30pm

Using HONORS- Courses to Satisfy Degree Requirements

Not sure whether you need to take a certain course or meet a degree requirement because you are in the Honors College? Be sure to ask your major/minor advisor whether any Honors College courses can be used as substitutions for degree requirements.

Think that a specific HONORS-prefix course may satisfy a specific degree (major/minor) requirement? Here’s how to find out:

  • Schedule an appointment with your major advisor
  • Bring the section description and syllabus for the course you took. If you haven’t yet taken the course, you can request the course syllabus by contacting the section instructor directly.
  • Discuss the course content with your major advisor.
  • Your major advisor will guide you through the completion of any petition forms required by your degree granting unit to complete the course exception or waiver

First-semester course planning is typically accomplished during Alive! or the Week of Welcome orientation week.

Freshmen advising is typically done in group meetings. Honors faculty advisors are also available for individual sessions to help first-year students map their Honors academic plans. They will also discuss such topics as foreign language studies, study abroad opportunities, and thesis plans.

Sophomore, junior, and senior advising appointments are individual meetings.

Priority registration is available to Honors students to ensure they get into the best courses available.

Although most students will have certified into a major and have an advisor in that college by their junior year, juniors must meet with an Honors advisor at least once during the fall or spring semester. We also suggest that seniors plan to meet with an advisor during their final year.

Thesis Advising

Students select faculty mentors to be their thesis advisors. Typically, these will be professors from the student’s major or the field on which the thesis is focused. The thesis advisor works closely with the Honors College thesis director and follows uniform guidelines.

Letters of Recommendation

Many Honors students go on to graduate or professional school, and need letters of recommendation from Honors faculty. If you need a letter, please fill out a Request for Letter of Recommendation. You can email the form to, drop it by 130 Honors Hall, or mail it to PO Box 642012, Pullman WA 99164-2012. Note that a minimum of two weeks is required to complete a letter of recommendation.

Assistant Dean Robin Bond advising a student

Washington State University