New Students Fall 2020


New students are encouraged to visit with their primary academic advisor early in the new academic year. Many students have a secondary advisor and meet regularly -- students in the HEOP, Honors, Aquinas Leaders, and Pathways programs have regular meetings with their secondary advisor and can decide if an early meeting is needed with their primary advisor.

For students who don't have a secondary advisor as part of a special program, our faculty will be following an Enhanced Advising protocol to ensure that you are acclimating to the College. The advisor/student relationship is an important one as it enables new students a smoother transition to college. New freshmen and transfers are encouraged to set a meeting with their academic advisor in the first month of the new semester.  

New students are also encouraged to visit with the Academic Services team to discuss any concerns they have about the College and their transition. 

All students, freshmen through seniors, need to meet with their primary academic advisor in order to review and receive approval for the classes they intend to register for in the following session. It's all good! 


The Academic Services Office accepts appointments with students who simply want to get a broader understanding understanding of their chosen major -- or to help them choose a major. These apppointments are a great idea for new freshmen and strongly advised for other students seeking clarification on a major or considering another major or minor. These sessions are conducted by the Academic Services staff and will include the following topics:

1. Curriculum Sheet Requirements for the Major

2. Scheduling Sequences (advice on which courses to register for first) and prerequisite requirements.

3. Internship & Career Opportunities

4. Minor Combinations

Your Fall Meetings with Your Academic Advisor

Student: Introduce yourself. Discuss your long term goals as it relates to your major.

Advisor: Discusses the academic year along with specific dates, midterms, grading policies, etc. The student and advisor can set up future meetings at this time, especially in advance of the next semester registration date. At the first meeting the student might not know which classes they will be successful in and it is difficult to plan the next semester. The next meeting will be all about registering for the next semester.

Student: Ask about Academic Support Services such as the Center for Academic Excellence and how and when to start getting tutoring in a difficult class. Ask about Supplemental Instruction options for your classes. SI is offered for those classes that demand a lot of tutoring hours from multiple students. One on one tutoring is offered for many classes.

Advisor: Your academic advisor will communicate with each of your faculty to receive an early alert about any classes you might struggle in -- or, preferably, to receive any good news about your academic performance, collaborations, etc. Your advisor will point you in the right direction for academic support, but don't wait for that appointment. Visit the Center for Academic Excellence early in the semester for classes you feel you will be difficult.


Student: Meet with your Academic Advisor again prior to your spring semester registration. Know your mid term grades. Ask questions about the next semester.


Advisor: Your academic advisor will check Banner Self Service for your mid term grades -- which can sometimes be hard to interpret if you haven't had many assignments or tests. Students should be aware of their current grades as part of the discussion.


Student: Update your advisor on your registration for the next semester. Print out and drop off your schedule or create a pdf and e-mail it to your advisor -- so that you both know you are on the right track. Explain any changes you made to your schedule after you met with your advisor.


Advisor: Your advisor may invite you to a group meeting with other students in your major to discuss general topics. These are good discussions to learn from other students who may be farther along than you in your major.


Your Spring Meetings with Your Academic Advisor

Student: Set a February meeting with your Academic Advisor to discuss your major and any concerns you might have about classes, schedule, program, etc. Set your next meeting to go over your next semester registration.