Frequently Asked Questions

How does advising work?

During your first academic year, you, as a first year student, will be advised through First Year Advising. After completing the first year, an academic advisor will then be assigned based on the college and major. Advising is a collaborative process. Both advisor and student work to address academic and student concerns, degree progression, recommended courses and course load. Appointments are preferred and the scheduling process is e-mailed all freshmen students. Appointments typically last 30 minutes. Once student is scheduled to earn 24 hours towards degree, advising transitions to the student’s academic college/department.

How do I know what classes I need to take?

During the advising appointment, your advisor will discuss classes appropriate for your chosen major and academic interests. Information about majors is readily available on each college’s website.

How many classes do I take each semester?

Twelve to eighteen credit hours is considered full-time.  Students generally average five classes (15 credit hours/3 hours per class) per semester in order to graduate in four years.

How often do I see my advisor?

Students are welcome to meet with a First Year advisor as often as liked.  Students are required to meet with a First Year advisor a minimum of once during each semester. A registration hold is placed on every student with less than 30 earned hours. The hold is in place until an appointment has been completed through First Year advising. Students will also receive several electronic communications from their advisor during each semester

What if I want to speak with someone in my declared major?

There is no reason why a student cannot speak with someone from their major college; in fact, we encourage that you still go to your college to begin getting to know them as early as possible. While we know a lot about each of the majors and programs, only they are the real experts! First Year Advising works closely, and has good relationships established with each of the programs on campus.

Do many students work while attending college?

Yes. Many students have jobs on campus and many others work off campus. The important thing to consider is how to maintain balance with academic responsibilities, financial needs and social needs. If you’re having difficulty finding that balance, let your advisor know. Your advisor will be happy to help you or point you in the direction of someone who can such as a Student Success Counselor.

Can I take classes at home during the summer?

The answer depends on how “at home” is defined. Online classes are offered during the summer and both local students and those living out of state can take advantage of online classes without visiting the campus. Transfer work from other universities is allowable, but it is the student’s responsibility to inquire whether those classes will be acceptable towards degree completion.

What will classes/professors be like?

Unlike high school, many college classes may or may not have homework every night or even every week that will be collected and graded by the instructor.  Often, the entire grade for a course will be based on just a few exams/projects.  Therefore, every grade counts!  You are responsible for keeping up with when things are due. An instructor may or may not give reminders of these things.  Do not count on late work or extra credit.  In many classes, there is no such thing.  You CAN do college level work, but you must accept responsibility for this from day one.

I’ve been admitted into the Privateer Pathways program. Where can I find more information about the program?

Information about the Privateer Pathways program can be found on the Pathways website