All newly matriculated students are required to participate in orientation prior to their first semester at the College. Academic Advisement is one component of the orientation program. It is through the advisement portion of orientation that students work with an advisor to make their schedules.
Freshman entrants have the opportunity to declare a major upon acceptance to the institution. Although freshmen are not required to declare a major, doing so will provide the student and the advisor with more direction for course selection during the first year of study. Students must declare a major before they have earned 56 s.h. toward a degree. Until a major is declared, designated faculty serve as academic advisors. When a major is declared, students are assigned a faculty advisor in their major.
Transfer students are admitted to the College in a specific major. Transfer credit evaluations are based on the requirements for that major, so it is essential that final transcripts of all previous college work be received well in advance of the registration date.
Because of the changing professional school requirements and the sequential nature of many required courses, students in Education, Preprofessional, and Cooperative Programs must plan their first year courses very carefully (see the chapter "Academic Programs and Degrees" for information about these programs). Appropriate faculty advisors will help students in their planning.
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