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First Year Advising Center
121 North Foundation Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401 (map)
(248) 370-3227

Orientation & New Student Programs
105 North Foundation Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401 (map)
(248) 370-GOLD


Why 28?

  • You're no longer a freshman
  • You can apply for distinguished student leadership positions on campus
  • Register earlier for the next year
  • Closer to taking courses in your major
  • You may be eligible to renew scholarships you received at admission to OU
  • You may be eligible for other scholarships, such as the First Year Focus Award
  • One step closer to graduation

All first year students are assigned a specific academic adviser in the First Year Advising Center who will work with you to develop a balanced schedule, help you explore majors, connect you to campus opportunities and provide support in achieving your academic goals.

All first year students are required to meet with their FYAC academic adviser at least once per semester. We encourage you to schedule additional appointments with your adviser, especially if you are considering changing majors or experiencing academic difficulty.

You can find the name of your FYAC academic adviser on SAIL by following these directions or by contacting the First Year Advising Center at (248) 370-3227.

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In your winter semester appointment with your FYAC adviser, you will work together to identify courses for your second year.

For a complete list of registration dates by class standing and earned credits, visit the Registrar's website.

registration tutorial  Registration DOs

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Student Financial Services will be hosting workshops in early 2014 to assist students in completing the FAFSA for the 2015-2016 academic year. The FAFSA is available online for the following academic year beginning on January 1.

Remember, OU’s Federal School Code for the FAFSA is 002307.

Please contact Student Financial Services at (248) 370-2550 or visit them in 120 North Foundation Hall for answers to your financial aid questions.

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To achieve sophomore status at the end of the first year you need to keep a few important things in mind:

  • Achieve 28 credits
  • Be in good academic standing (shoot for a 3.0 GPA or higher!)

Academic workshops are offered in the FYAC and The Tutoring Center each semester to help you stay focused and on track. If you fall short of 28 credits, talk with your FYAC academic adviser about summer courses.

free tutoring summer at OU 

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