First Year Advising
At Ursinus, you enter the College as an undeclared major. You may declare an area of interest but you have a First-Year Adviser until you declare a major in the spring of your first year. Faculty members from all the disciplines and academic support staff serve as first-year advisers.
Meetings With Advisers
- You meet one-on-one with your adviser
- Get acquainted with your adviser and begin talking about your goals
- You complete fall course registration
- You meet for lunch with your adviser following Convocation & the first CIE class
- You continue to develop a relationship with your adviser
- You discuss expectations and goals for the semester
- This is an opportunity to discuss changes to your schedule (if needed)
- You can ask any remaining questions
- Meet weekly with your adviser during the first few weeks of school. This allows your adviser to help you adjust to college and identify any early warning signs of academic or personal difficulties.
- As the semester progresses and your relationship with your adviser develops, you are encouraged to meet with your adviser on an “as needed” basis.
Required/recommended meetings with Advisees
- Advisers are prepared to help you deal with personal and academic issues. Use your adviser when you encounter difficulties.
- You are strongly encouraged to meet with your adviser to review mid-term grades
- You must meet with your adviser prior to registering for courses for the following semester
- During the spring semester of your first year, you meet with your adviser to discuss major options, and if ready, to complete a declaration of major form.
- If you receive an academic warning you must meet with your adviser within five days.