Advising

Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. At the College of Western Idaho (CWI), we are committed to helping make sense of your educational journey with advising and career opportunities offered by Student Advising and Success.

Our mission is to foster student success by creating a resource-rich learning environment that will promote academic, career, and personal growth. Student Success Advisors (SSA) empower students through meaningful, intentional student interactions focused on completion of the student’s unique goals.

Advising Options

CWI students are provided with different advising options depending on their program of study:

  • All degree-seeking CWI students will be assigned a Student Success Advisor (SSA) within 3-5 business days of their admission. SSAs are assigned based on the student's intended major. Students can work with their SSA for career exploration, degree planning, career planning, registration, and to discuss strategies to be successful. SSAs also help with transfer planning for students who wish to transfer to four-year colleges and with career preparation for students who plan to enter the workforce after attending and/or graduating from CWI. 
  • Non-degree seeking students can request to be assigned to an SSA by email at academicadvising@cwi.edu. Students will be assigned to an appropriate SSA based on their academic and career goals. Students who need registration assistance can visit any One Stop Student Services location or call 208.562.3000. 

SSAs will work in collaboration with faculty to provide complimentary advising services, appropriate workshops and seminars, and intensive support for students. 

Credit Enrollment Limits

Every student has a unique set of circumstances: academic preparation, skills and abilities, drive and self-motivation, family and work responsibilities, etc. The number of credits a student should enroll in depends on many of these factors as well as on the type and level of difficulty of classes in which they intend to enroll. For some students, 15 credits could be considered a full load, while others may be able to successfully complete more credits a semester. Registering for too many credits may result in lower performance.

  • Students who want to register for more than 20 credits during a fall or spring semester will need the approval of their SSA.
  • Students who want to register for more than 10 credits in the summer term will need the approval of their SSA.