Academic Advising

Academic advising is one of the most critical components of student success at Wake Tech. Advisors answer questions, provide valuable information about programs of study and guide students in setting academic goals, selecting courses and making sure they’re ready for registration.

Advising is an interactive process, so students need to be prepared to share information about their interests, skills and abilities so an advisor can help customize an education plan for each student’s career goals. Advisors also can help students develop the skills, attitudes, discipline and understanding needed to ensure progress through their studies and future success.

Finding the right advisor

Getting to the right advisor often depends on a student's individual situation and needs.

First-time students

New students are encouraged to talk with an academic advisor before they can register for their first-semester classes. Advisors are available either online through a virtual option or in person on any Wake Tech campus – or even in a group setting. (Health Sciences students have specialized advisors. See below.)

Before meeting with an advisor, incoming students need to make sure they are properly enrolled.

Advising is among several tasks on the New Student Checklist that must be completed before attending class.

Students interested in transferring to a four-year university after Wake Tech can "skip the line" and receive general information during a group advising session. If you still have questions after a group session, advisors will be able to coordinate further conversations with you.

Individual advising sessions are done on a walk-in basis without appointments on Southern Wake Campus and Scott Northern Wake Campus. RTP Campus also welcomes walk-ins in addition to scheduling appointments. Sessions on other campuses and online sessions must be scheduled.


Current University Transfer students (AA, AS, AE and AFA)

Students enrolled in Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Engineering and Associate in Fine Arts degree programs can work with an academic advisor at any point during their time at Wake Tech. They can stick with the same advisor they talked with before their first semester or anyone else on the Academic Advising staff, either online or on campus.

Advising sessions are done on a walk-in basis without appointments on Southern Wake Campus and Scott Northern Wake Campus. RTP Campus also welcomes walk-ins in addition to scheduling appointments. Sessions on other campuses and online sessions must be scheduled.

Some Wake Tech advisors serve as liaisons with specific universities and can provide additional information to students interested in transferring to those schools to continue their studies.


Current Career Programs students (AAS)

After their first semester, students enrolled in Associate in Applied Science degree programs will be assigned faculty advisors, instructors in their program of study, with whom they can work for the remainder of their programs. Associate in Engineering and Associate in Fine Arts students also might have a faculty advisor to assist with their programs of study. Your applied science advisor can be found in your Self Service account.


New and current Health Sciences students

Students enrolled in a health sciences degree program will work with special advisors on the Perry Health Sciences Campus throughout their time at Wake Tech.

Advising sessions on campus are done on a walk-in basis without appointments, but virtual sessions must be scheduled.


High school students (Career & College Promise)

Both newly admitted and continuing Career & College Promise students can meet virtually with special CCP advisors.


Visiting students

Visiting students are not assigned a specific academic advisor. Please visit Visiting Student Admissions Procedures for more information or email [email protected].

Individual advising sessions are done on a walk-in basis without appointments on Southern Wake Campus and Scott Northern Wake Campus. RTP Campus also welcomes walk-ins in addition to scheduling appointments. Individual sessions on other campuses and online sessions must be scheduled.


Transferring to Wake Tech?

Students who have transferred to Wake Tech from other post-secondary schools can meet individually with an advisor.

Individual advising sessions are done on a walk-in basis without appointments on Southern Wake Campus and Scott Northern Wake Campus. RTP Campus also welcomes walk-ins in addition to scheduling appointments. Individual sessions on other campuses and online sessions must be scheduled.


Military veterans

A special team of advisors is available to help students who are veterans or family members of veterans.