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First Year Advising Center

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

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 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.


Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 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

To schedule an appointment with your assigned academic adviser, log-in to the online scheduler using your NetID and password.  

If you do not have an assigned FYAC adviser or need to schedule a Transfer Student Orientation appointment, please call our office at (248) 370-3227 for assistance.

  • After scheduling, you will receive a confirmation email to your OU email account.  The appointment time will also appear on your Google calendar which is linked to your OU email account. 
  • You will receive an email reminder via your OU email account two days before your scheduled appointment.
  • If you need to cancel or change your appointment time, log-in to Advisor Trac and click on the "X" after the appointment information in the Upcoming Appointments section on your Main Menu.  You can then schedule a different appointment time if needed.

Late Arrival Policy: If you are more than 5 minutes late for your appointment, you will have to reschedule.

Fall appointment

Required appointments can be completed September 11 - Dec 1, 2020

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 January 13 - March 23, 2021.

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

Utilize FYAC Chat from 8AM-5PM, Monday-Friday for assistance. 

Academic Coaching

Looking for strategies to help boost your success in the classroom? 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

There are 2 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
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 ‘Registration and Degree Planning’ 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 3 key benefits to earning 28 credits. Review them below to stay on the fast track to graduation.

Graduate Faster: 

  • New students who earn 28 credits will achieve sophomore standing by the start of their second year.
  • That means, you’ll be on track toward graduation in four years.

Save Money on Tuition: 

  • 28 credits is required to renew OU scholarships and to receive new ones. Scholarships = less tuition cost!
  • And, the faster you finish your degree, the less you pay in tuition over time. 

Other Perks:

  • With 28 credits you'll be eligible to apply for on-campus jobs that require sophomore standing - like Orientation Group Leaders!
  • The more credits you earn, the earlier you will be able to register for next year’s classes. Earlier registration = better course selection! 

Don't withdraw from a course just yet. We can help! Reach out to your adviser via email or phone and make an informed decision.