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First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Winter 2019 Open Drop-In Hours:
Mon: 10 a.m. - noon
Wed: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thur: noon - 2 p.m.

Orientation & New Student Programs

North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Winter 2019 Open Drop-In Hours:
Mon: 10 a.m. - noon
Wed: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thur: noon - 2 p.m.

Orientation & New Student Programs

North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Academic Advising

Your assigned academic adviser is your "go to" support system as you navigate your first year of college. Advisers guide and make recommendations to help you to find success. Advisers in the FYAC also work with undecided or re-deciding students as they choose a major and look at career options. Academic advisers help:

  • Assist with course scheduling and degree requirements
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Aid with major and career exploration
  • Help navigate policies and procedures
  • Discuss academic progress, academic difficulties and probation status
  • Answer questions about transferring/receiving credits from another school and/or AP scores
Required Appointments

Required appointments are 30 minutes of dedicated time with your assigned adviser.

In addition to the two required appointments listed below, students are encouraged to connect via email with their assigned academic adviser for questions and concerns that may arise between required appointments.

How to schedule

Visit the FYAC in North Foundation Hall, Room 121 or call our office at (248) 370-3227.

  • Appointments will not be scheduled via email and can only be scheduled by the student.
  • 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.
  • 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 are more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, you will have to reschedule.

Fall appointment

Required appointments can be completed Wednesday, September 19 - Friday, November 30, 2018.

What to expect: At this appointment, you will talk about your transition to OU which may include the following topics:

  • Career and major exploration
  • Progress to degree
  • Answering your questions and concerns
  • Getting connected to campus
  • Campus resources
  • Review winter schedule
Winter appointment

Required appointments can be completed Friday, January 18 - Monday, March 18, 2019.

What to expect: At this appointment, you will begin preparing for your second year at OU which may include the following topics:

  • Your major and academic progress
  • Selecting a major, if undecided
  • Planning courses for your next year
  • Answering your questions and concerns
  • Second Year Experience (SYE)
  • Learn about advising appointments in your school/college
Drop-Ins

Drop-In appointments offer the opportunity for students to ask quick questions about their major, course adjustments, or any concerns they may have as a student. Don't forget to schedule your required appointment. 


Open drop-in hours are closed for Summer 2019. Check back soon for details on Fall 2019 hours. 

Academic Coaching

Looking for strategies to help boost your success in the classroom? Been guilty of procrastinating in your classes? Academic coaching services might be a great fit for you!

The academic coach is here to help you:

  • Create an individualized plan to organize your semester
  • Develop research-based study methods and habits
  • Learn time management techniques
  • Improve note-taking skills during lectures
  • Plan and implement study plans for mid-terms and finals

Workshops on study skills, exam prep and procrastination will be offered on a variety of days and times each semester. 

There are 3 easy ways to utilize academic coaching services:

  • Talk with your FYAC adviser about scheduling an individualized appointment
  • Email the academic coach, Mariana Allushuski, directly at allushuski@oakland.edu to set up an individualized appointment
  • Visit oakland.edu/fyac/fyacworkshops to sign up for Winter 2019 semester workshops
Adjusting Class Schedule
Add a course
  1. Open a web browser and go to oakland.edu.
  2. Click on MySAIL.
  3. Enter Your NetID username and password then click “Sign-In.”
  4. Under ‘Academic Resources’ select ‘Register for Classes.’
  5. Enter Your NetID username and password then click “Sign-In.”
  6. Select “Register for Classes.”
  7. Select the appropriate term you want to register for.
  8. Search for a course by entering the subject in the subject line then click search.
  9. Click ‘Add’ next to the class you would like to register for. Two panels will pop open.
  10. In the summary module, the action column next to the course, should say “Web Register”. Click “Submit.”
Step-by-Step Instructions
Drop a course
  1. Open a web browser and go to oakland.edu.
  2. Click on MySAIL.
  3. Enter Your NetID username and password then click “Sign-In.”
  4. Under ‘Academic Resources’ select “Register for Classes.”
  5. Enter Your NetID username and password. Click “Sign-In.”
  6. Select “Register for Classes.”
  7. Select the appropriate term you want to register for.
  8. Select the button “Panels”
  9. Under the summary panel, identify the class you wish to drop and in the action column select “Web Dropped.”
  10. Click “Submit.” Check the summary panel to make sure the course has dropped.
Step-by-Step Instructions
Swap a course
  1. Open a web browser and go to oakland.edu.
  2. Click on MySAIL.
  3. Enter Your NetID username and password then click Sign-In.”
  4. Under ‘Academic Resources’ select “Register for Classes.”
  5. Enter Your NetID username and password then click “Sign-In.”
  6. Select “Register for Classes.”
  7. Select the appropriate term you want to register for.
  8. Search for a course by entering the subject in the subject line then click search.
  9. In the summary module, select “Conditional Add and Drop.”
  10. Identify the class you wish to register for and click "Add."
  11. In the action column, select “Web Dropped" for the course you wish to drop and "Web Register" for the course you wish to register for.
  12. Click "Submit." Check the summary panel to make sure the course has been swapped.
Step-by-Step Instructions
Stay On Track

Earning 28 credits in your first year is important to help you stay on track in your collegiate career. There are five key benefits to earning 28 credits. Review them below to stay on the fast track to graduation.

Graduate Faster: 

  • Research shows us students who earn 28 credits are at least 25% more likely to graduate within 6 years.
  • Students who earn 28 credits will achieve sophomore status and be on track towards graduation.

Save Money on Tuition: By taking 28 credits, you’ll be more likely to graduate sooner due to accumulating credits at a faster rate. By being able to graduate sooner, you will be able to avoid potential increases in tuition.

Maintain Scholarships: Most Oakland University scholarships require you to earn 28 credits in your first year to renew your scholarship(s).

Gain Scholarships: If you have not received an OU scholarship, you will automatically be able to receive the First-Year Focus Award by earning 28 credits and maintaining a 3.0 GPA. The First-Year Focus Award is worth $3000.

Register for Classes Earlier: Registration is based on earned credits. By being on track with 28 credits you will be allowed to register earlier than those who do not have 28 credits yet.