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

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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. 

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. 

1. Where can I find tutoring on campus?

2. Where can I get help with a writing assignment?

3. What are some ways for me to get involved on campus?

4. How do I find out about student organizations or campus events?

5. What are some upcoming workshops that would benefit me?

6. What is the best way to approach my professor if I have a question?

7. Where do I go to learn more about study abroad? 

8. How do I find scholarships?

9. If I’m not sure about my major what can I do?

10. Where can I look for an on campus job?

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.

The following will serve as a guide for questions you may want to ask when meeting with your adviser during your winter appointment. 

1. Does the schedule I planned for next year keep me on track with my major?

2. How do I take classes at the community college? How do I find classes that transfer?

3. How can I engage in my major over the summer?

4. Should I take summer courses?

5. Where will I go for advising in my second year? 

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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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You may see any adviser for a 20 minute walk-in appointment to address last minute registration or course scheduling issues. These appointments do not count as your required winter appointment.

Note: Required appointments begin on January 21.
Tuesday, January 6
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 7
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 8
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, January 9
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, January 12
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 13
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 14
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 15
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, January 16
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, January 19
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 20
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.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.