Academic Advising & Locating Advisors

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Academic Advising

Academic advising is a process that includes collection of information, interpretation of data, and dissemination of facts regarding educational programs, courses of instruction, resources, policies, procedures, and career options. Together, the advisor and the student can discuss educational goals and map out an academic program that will achieve the student’s short term and long term goals. Florida State University takes academic advising seriously, and accordingly has developed an official University policy with expectations for both the student and faculty/advisor during this process.

Locating an Academic Advisor

Advising First is a program within the Division of Undergraduate Studies that places professional academic advisors throughout many of FSU’s academic units. Specifically, Advising First advisors provide academic advising to assist students in meeting liberal studies, major and University requirements, and for those students who are undeclared or undecided about a major. In addition to Advising First, the contact information for specific advisors in departmental areas can be found through the Advisor Search Tool.

New 'Nole Advising

The purpose of a New 'Nole Advising Session during a student’s first semester at FSU is for the student to begin building a relationship with their advisor, and understand the expectations for their major and future advising sessions. These meetings will allow the academic advisor and student to address any concerns or issues that may occur as a “New 'Nole” on campus. We know that the sooner students make a connection with their advisor the more successful they will be. These sessions typically take place during the 2nd through 6th week of the semester. For more information, visit https://advisingfirst.fsu.edu/