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First-Year Advising

All first-year students will be assigned a Faculty Advisor and a Student Success Advisor before they arrive on campus. These advisors will work with students to help develop goals, reflect on experiences, understand major and graduation requirements and assist in overcoming obstacles.

All incoming students will receive an email containing an Advising Questionnaire in early June. Students should be thoughtful when completing this questionnaire as it will be shared with advisors to help them get to know their advisees a little before meeting. Students can expect to hear from their assigned faculty advisor and student success advisor in early August regarding the opportunity to meet during New Student Orientation.

Students should meet with their faculty and student success advisors throughout the semester. It is especially important to meet with faculty advisors during Block 2. Talk to faculty advisors about how the year is going, as well as what courses to plan for Blocks 3 and 4, and how those courses match goals and interests. During that meeting, faculty advisors will also provide students with their pre-registration passcode code, which is necessary to register for classes.

If students are struggling with the advising relationship, we encourage them to talk with their Student Success Advisor or the Director of Student Support in the Hub about possible options or solutions. Once students declare a major (by the end of their Sophomore year or earlier), they will be assigned to a major advisor (this most likely will be different from the first faculty advisor). Students will keep their assigned Student Success Advisor until graduation. 

Regardless of advisor assignment, students are encouraged to work with multiple departments, faculty, and advisors in order to ensure a holistic academic and professional development experience.