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Undergraduate advising appointments

We are here to serve you. Schedule an academic advising appointment.

We are here to help you

Navigating through course catalogs and requirements can be tough and we’re here to help you! Current and prospective undergraduate students can meet with academic advisors to learn about program requirements, plan out courses and learn how to register for classes.

Graduate students should contact Renuka Phillips, director of graduate programs. 

  • Learn about the B.B.A. program

    The Bachelor of Business Administration degree is designed to provide students with a well-rounded education with experience-driven learning at the heart of it. The program provides solid foundations in the liberal arts, business concepts and specialized majors. Complete catalog year information is available at

    To request a pre-business administration curriculum guide, email an advisor

  • Apply to the B.B.A. program
    Requirements needed to apply to the B.B.A. are as follows: 
    1. Completion of 48 total hours by the end of the semester. 
    2. Minimum grade point average of 2.50. 
    3. Be registered in or have completed all pre-business courses with a C grade or higher. 
    4. Complete the requirements of the foundational segment of the Student Professional Readiness Series (SPuRS) program.
    Students should apply to the professional level of the B.B.A. program the semester they will finish their pre-business requirements. 
    Spring, Summer I, Summer IIJan - Feb
    FallSept - Oct

    To apply, students must meet with an academic advisor and complete an application form. Students may complete the application during a drop-in advising session or by appointment.

    As part of the application process, students must also attend a mandatory B.B.A. orientation. 

    Grades will be checked at the end of the semester for all students who have applied to the professional level. Those students who successfully complete the pre-business core requirements will be notified by email. Students who do not successfully complete the pre-business requirements will receive a detailed email outlining next steps and will be dropped from their upper-level courses. 

  • RSVP to B.B.A. orientation

    Once your application to the B.B.A. program is approved, you will receive an invitation for the required orientation. All admitted students must attend an orientation session.

  • Declare a major

    To declare a major in the Haworth College of Business, please click below:

  • Declare a minor

    To declare a minor in the Haworth College of Business, please click below:

  • Get help with registration

    We encourage you to meet with your academic advisor each semester to make sure you’re on track to earning your degree. If you need help registering for classes, make an appointment with your advisor or click the link below:

  • Get ready for graduation

    Are you nearing graduation at Western Michigan University? Students should apply for graduation prior to completing 88 credit hours. You must meet with your Haworth College of Business academic advisor first to receive approval to submit your application for graduation.

  • Meet your advisor

    Lezlie Lull

    Advertising and Promotion

    Lezlie Lull

    Business Analytics

    Jane Westra

    Business Law

    Colleen Stano

    Computer Information Systems

    Jane Westra

    Digital Marketing and eCommerce

    Sheena Bolton

    Economics in Business

    Colleen Stano


    Taylor Sarratt

    Food Marketing

    Alyshia Garrett

    Human Resource Management

    Alyshia Garrett

    Leadership and Business Strategy

    All advisors


    Paul Hildenbrand

    Personal Financial Planning

    Taylor Sarratt

    Sales and Business Marketing

    Sheena Bolton

    Supply Chain Management

    Alyshia Garrett

    Undecided Business

    Colleen Stano

    Leadership and Business Strategy majors should meet with their primary business major advisor. Undecided pre-business students will have an advisor of record assigned in their Student Success Hub. 

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  • The advisors are a great resource for reaching your academic goals. Initially, I had a very scattered road map of my future semesters, but when I met with my advisor I was able to lock in a schedule that was perfect for my academic hopes in under 30 minutes.

    Spencer Gould, business analytics major

Information for transfer students

  • Community college visit dates

    The manager of recruitment and outreach for transfer students visits community colleges throughout Michigan and Illinois. Please see the current visit schedule below. To schedule a one-on-one virtual transfer advising appointment, visit our booking site.

    For additional questions, contact Paul Hildenbrand, manager of recruitment and outreach for community colleges.

    Email Paul Hildenbrand or call at (269) 387-5075.


    Grand Rapids Community College

    • Dates to be announced.

    Jackson College

    • Dates to be announced.

    Kalamazoo Valley Community College – Texas Township Campus

    • Dates to be announced.

    Kellogg Community College

    • Dates to be announced.

    Lake Michigan College

    • Dates to be announced.

    Muskegon Community College

    • Dates to be announced.

    Schoolcraft College

    • Dates to be announced.

    Southwestern Michigan College

    • Dates to be announced.
  • Transfer credit information

    Finish your degree at Western Michigan University! As a transfer student with credits from a community college, other four-year public or private university, or from the military, we are here to help you start your career in business. 

    If you are thinking about transferring to the Haworth College of Business, review the transfer credit information below and contact an academic advisor. Our advising staff can help you figure out how your credits will transfer and develop a plan for your degree that matches your interests and career goals. 

  • Meet with an advisor

    Paul Hildenbrand is the manager of recruitment and outreach for community colleges. He can help you navigate transferring to WMU. To schedule a one-on-one transfer advising appointment, visit our booking site.

    Email Paul Hildenbrand
    2350 Schneider Hall
    (269) 387-5075

Additional resources

  • Curriculum guides

    Any entering or transfer student planning to pursue business administration as a program will be admitted to the pre-business program and will work with a business advisor in the development of a planned program. Complete catalog year information is available here.

  • Pre-business administration information

    Entering or transfer students planning to pursue business administration as a program will be admitted to the pre-business program and will work with a business advisor in the development of a planned program. Intellectual skills development program testing is required by the University to determine placement in reading, writing and skills development courses. If remedial work is required, those hours are in addition to the 122 hours required of the B.B.A. degree. Testing is completed at orientation or individually for new transfer students. Complete catalog year information is available here.

  • Laptop recommendations

    A laptop is required for all business students. Determine if your current equipment is sufficient by reviewing WMU's laptop recommendations.

  • Readmission

    Readmission policies and procedures

    To be considered for readmission to the university through the Haworth College of Business, students should contact the advising office to set up an appointment with Jane Westra, assistant director of advising. At this meeting, an individualized readmission plan will be devised. You may also email Jane Westra for general readmission questions.

    Students on probation or extended probation who fail to achieve at least a 2.00 grade point average for the enrollment period, or students on final probation who fail to achieve a 2.00 overall GPA, will be dismissed from Western Michigan University. Academic standing policies are available from the Office of the Registrar.

    The deadline to apply for readmission for the fall semester is August 1; the deadline to apply for readmission for the spring semester is December 1. Because it is not in the student’s best interest, readmission is generally not granted for summer I or II sessions.

    Pre-business readmission

    Pre-business students will be expected to attend community college for at least one semester and successfully complete the courses outlined in the individualized readmission plan. During that semester, students should enroll based on the course schedule they plan to take upon their readmission to WMU. For example, the student should be full-time at the community college if planning to be full-time at WMU.

    Students will be expected to complete the semester at community college with a semester GPA of 2.50 or higher and a C or higher in each course taken.

    B.B.A. readmission

    Students at the B.B.A. level will not be asked to attend community college. Readmission decisions at this level will take into consideration the likelihood that the student will be able to achieve and maintain good standing to meet graduation requirements, with a minimum GPA of 2.00. 

    Apply for readmission

    Upon meeting with Jane Westra and fulfilling requirements of any readmission plan, students should complete and submit an application for returning student application. You will be required to attach an essay (maximum of two pages), which includes a statement of your educational and career goals, an explanation of the circumstances that led to your dismissal and a detailed summary of any steps you have taken to change or alter these circumstances and resolve your past academic difficulties.

    Come to the Office of Advising and Admissions for your readmission appointment located in:

    2350 Schneider Hall
    Haworth College of Business
    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo MI 49008-5411

    To learn about the possibility of a hardship withdrawal from past semester courses, review information from the Office of the Ombuds.