At Furman, your advisor will do much more than just explain general education requirements. They'll take the time to get to know who you are as a person. Your goals, your interests, and your career plans. Your advisor will keep you informed about what classes you need to be taking, and what opportunities exist on and off campus. They'll help you choose a major and plot out a career path. By the end of your time at Furman, you'll have a mentor you can always turn to for advice.

  • Selecting your advisor

      Using the results of the completed new student survey, background information, and academic data, the assistant dean for advising assigns an initial advisor who shares some common interests and experiences with the new student. Your advisor will be a member of the Furman faculty or administration.

  • Expectations for advisors
    • To get to know your interests, experiences, and educational goals
    • To more intentionally monitor your first semester experience
    • To be available to meet with you during the Initial Course Election period each semester
    • To be available to meet with you at other times you and/or (s)he determine
    • To know the basic graduation requirements
    • To know about special requirements (e.g. prerequisites)
    • To be familiar with the introductory curriculum to help you select courses appropriate to your interests and abilities
    • To facilitate your development of thinking and learning skills, independence, responsibility, and contributions to the larger community
    • To offer advice and assistance if you should experience academic or personal difficulty
    • To refer you appropriately to campus offices that offer additional resources and support
    • To continue her/his development as an academic advisor
  • Expectations of students
    • To share your interests, experiences, and educational goals
    • To assume ultimate responsibility for fulfilling all requirements for your baccalaureate degree
    • To be familiar with academic regulations such as class attendance; deadlines related to course elections, enrollment, withdrawal
    • To make and keep advising appointments each semester
    • To prepare for your advising appointments by making preliminary course selections
    • To demonstrate openness to the advisor's suggestions before making final decisions
    • To keep your advisor informed in a timely manner of your academic achievements, difficulties, and other factors that influence your education and life at Furman
  • Scheduling meetings with your advisor

      Your freshman advisor will contact you by August, prior to your arrival on campus, for introductory purposes and to review your fall schedule for needed adjustments that can be done during the day of advising. You will have an individual appointment with your advisor that day to get to know each other better and decide on final class changes. You will continue to meet with your advisor often during your first semester and at least once a semester after that, although we encourage more frequent contact.

  • Choosing a new advisor

      You may request an advisor change at any time after the first week of classes by completing a request form and returning it to the Assistant Dean's Office, ADM 206. When you declare a field of study (generally during your sophomore year or early junior year) you will be assigned a new advisor in that major department.

  • Selecting a major with your advisor
    • Understand that you do not have to declare a major field of study immediately and that you are not required to do so until you near the 58 credit limit
    • The general education requirements at Furman offer numerous opportunities for you to take courses in an array of academic disciplines both to stimulate your intellectual curiosity and to help you determine which field(s) of study are of most interest to you
    • Take advantage of assessment resources offered by the Office of Career Services (interest inventories, personality assessments, etc.) and the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection
    • Discuss your deliberations with your academic advisor
    • Make an appointment with the chairs of departments in which you have an interest to discuss the requirements, graduate school, and/or career opportunities for which that major will prepare you
    • Once you have determined the field of study, you and the department chair will complete the field of study declaration forms, have them signed by the appropriate faculty, and return the forms to the Office of Academic Records
  • Required courses for freshman who have selected a major

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