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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

Advising Appointments

Help us help you be actively involved in your education by making and attending your advising appointments. Be prepared for your appointments by being ready to share your ideas, concerns and questions about your education. Be open and honest so we can connect you with helpful campus resources.

All first-year and undecided students will work with an academic adviser in the First Year Advising Center until you are ready to start meeting with the advising office for the school or college your major is offered through. New transfer students who have decided on a major can go directly to the unit advising office for academic advising.

Every student’s journey to a major and career decision is unique to them and our advisers are here to work with students at every stage of this process. In addition to three required academic advising appointments, your adviser may also suggest major exploration and/or career counseling appointments as well. During your appointments, your adviser can help you decide between a few majors (major exploration) or help you narrow down an exhaustive list of options that all sound interesting to you (career counseling). While these decisions may, at times, seem overwhelming, rest assured your adviser will be there to support you every step of the way.

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All undergraduate students are welcome to schedule appointments outside of the required ones outlined below for all incoming first-year and undecided students, especially if you're having academic difficulty or considering changing majors. 

1. New student orientation

At new student orientation, you'll meet with your academic adviser and have an opportunity to talk about academic offerings at OU. You will schedule your first year of classes. This counts as your first required visit. One down, just two more to go!

2. Fall appointment

Your required fall appointment will be a one-on-one meeting with your assigned academic adviser. At this appointment, you will talk about your transition to OU and how you can stay focused on the finish line (graduation) from the very start. If you’re still deciding on a major, your adviser will help you explore your options and may suggest further career counseling. Your adviser will also help connect you to involvement opportunities at OU and answer any questions you have about your college experience. Call the office to schedule this appointment.

3. Winter appointment

Your required winter appointment will also be a one-on-one meeting with your assigned academic adviser. Depending on whether you’ve decided on a major or are still exploring your options, what you discuss in this meeting may vary. Be prepared to talk about how your fall semester went and how you have gotten involved on campus. Your adviser will assist you in selecting courses for your second year, so we recommend scheduling this appointment before full year registration begins in March. Call the office to schedule this appointment.

After you have completed your three required appointments with your First Year Advising Center adviser, we will help you transition to the advising office for the school or college that offers your major. These advisers will help you make sure you're fulfilling major requirements and on track for graduation. Be sure to ask them about your degree evaluation! 

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Scheduling Appointments:
  • You can schedule an appointment by visiting the FYAC in 121 North Foundation Hall or by calling (248) 370-3227. Appointments will not be scheduled via email and can only be scheduled by the student.
  • Same-day appointments are not available.
  • When you schedule an appointment, it will appear on your Google calendar which is linked to your OU email account. If you need to change your appointment time, you cannot do so on the Google calendar. Instead, call the FYAC at (248) 370-3227 to reschedule your appointment.
  • You will receive an email reminder via your OU email account two business days before your scheduled appointment.
  • If you need to cancel your appointment, please call (248) 370-3227 at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.

Late Arrival Policy: If you arrive at the FYAC later than 10 minutes for your appointment, you will be unable to check-in and it will be recorded as a "No Show."

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Mid-Semester Evaluation Appointments

Students who have received an unsatisfactory or less than 2.0 MSE grade can schedule a 30 minute appointment with their assigned adviser to discuss the mid-semester evaluation process. These appointments can count as your required fall appointment.
Thursday, October 16
2 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, October 21
9 - 11 a.m.






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Asking yourself any of these? Come see us.  

1. Will I graduate in 4 years?

2. What major is the best fit for my skills?

 What are my career options with this major (career counseling)?

 How do I change my major?

5. What do I need in order to declare major standing?

 What is the job placement rate for the major I'm in?

7. I have no idea what I'm getting in my classes! How do I calculate my grades?

 What happens if I withdraw, add, or drop a class?

9. I'm thinking about transferring, will my OU credits transfer?

 I have an academic, involvement, or career exploratory question and can't think of anyone else to ask.