Tips for Freshmen

  • Sign up EARLY for an advising time slot with your faculty advisor. Sign-up sheets are usually posted on your advisor’s office door. Be on time for your advising session.
  • Bring your Catalog and Schedule of classes with you to the advising session.

Prepare To Meet With Advisor

  • If you do not yet have a copy of the class Schedule, go to the Registrar’s Website, or stop by the Registrar’s Office to pick up the schedule.
  • Read your course catalog. Begin by focusing on Foundations & Core requirements and on your intended major. There are several majors that require an early start of course requirements (e.g., education, music, and business).
  • Talk with other students to find out about particular courses (e.g., difficulty level and instructor’s teaching style).
  • Write in pencil a tentative schedule(s). Take it to your advising session.
  • Make a list of alternative classes because you may not get all the classes you want. Bring the list of alternative classes to your advising session.
  • Be aware of any course prerequisites. Be aware of courses that are offered alternative semesters/or years.
  • Note the sequencing of courses you must take. In general, you take 200 level courses before 300 level courses.
  • Note conflicts. Make sure the classes you sign up for do not conflict with each other or with your work or activities schedule.

Meet With Your Advisor

  • Inform your advisor of work hours or any sports in which you will be participating.
  • Discuss your grades with your advisor. Think about where your academic strengths and weakness are found and discuss them with your advisor.
  • Inform your advisor how may NEXUS credits you have acquired. On average, you need six per semester for a total of 48.
  • Discuss potential majors and career goals with your advisor.
  • Know how many hours you need in order to be classified as freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior. Know what GPA you must have in order to not go on probation. Departments require a 2.00 GPA (“C”) or higher for graduation.
  • Begin to think about a departmental advisor. Although you will have your freshman advisor until the end of the academic year, after your first semester you should seek out an advisor in your anticipated field of study (depending on your major, this could be your current advisor).
  • Establish a good relationship with your advisor—advisors are ready to help you, but you must ask for the help. It never hurts to just stop by your advisor’s office for a few minutes sometime during the semester just to say “hello.”
  • When you graduate, you may need to ask your advisor(s) for a good letter of recommendation. Start forming a relationship with your advisors early in your college career so they can write a terrific letter for you.


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