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Academic Advising

Honors College faculty provide student advising services for all years in the students’ undergraduate program.

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.

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