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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.


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.

Photo of a adviser sitting at her desk talking with a student.

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. FYAC advisers also work with undecided or re-deciding students as they choose a major and look at career options. Here's how you can reach us:

Have a quick question?
View our FAQ first for answers to common questions.

Questions about class meeting times?
View our Understanding Your Schedule tab for details.

Need further assistance?
Start by using FYAC chat or e-mail your academic adviser. You can also virtually chat with an adviser during drop-in hours.

Looking to schedule your required appointment?
Review our required appointments tab and follow the instructions.

Required Appointments

Required appointments take place during the academic year and are 30 minutes of dedicated time with your assigned adviser. Students have two required appointments (one in fall and one in winter) to complete during their first academic year. 

How to schedule your required appointment
Required appointments have concluded for the academic year. Check back this fall for details on how to schedule with your adviser. If you need advising during the summer call our front desk at (248) 370-3227 to schedule an appointment with your adviser. 

Guest policy
To ensure the privacy of students, other participants such as friends and/or family should not be present. We want time to focus on your success and any questions you might have. 

Late arrival policy
If you are more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, you will have to reschedule.

No show policy
If you do not show for two of your scheduled appointments, you will need to call (248) 370-3227 in order to make an appointment.
Drop-Ins

Check back in August for Fall 2021 drop-in appointment details. 

Understanding Your Schedule
To understand how each of your courses will be delivered, view the examples provided under the  “How classes appear when registering and viewing your schedule” section of the Return to Campus website.

  • Classes meeting in-person will show a day, time, and location that includes a room number and building.

  • Livestream Online (Synchronous) courses will be listed as ONLINE NRM, but have day(s) and time(s) listed. During these scheduled times, you are expected to join the class virtually.

  • Traditional Online (Asynchronous) courses will be listed as ONLINE NRM with no associated days and times. You are able to complete classwork at any time with regularly scheduled due dates.
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.

FAQ
I have questions about my class being livestreamed or in-person. Where can I find answers?
Review the instructional model section on our official return to campus page.
How do I get my GrizzID?

Keep an eye on your official OU email account for a message from the ID Card office to submit a picture and pick up your ID during August Campus Kickoff eventsYou can stop by the ID Card Office anytime in person if you'd like. The ID Card staff will take your picture and print your ID card on the spot. Be sure you check the office hours at oakland.edu/grizzcard/, know your Grizzy ID number, and have a picture ID before you go.

Do I need to take placement tests? If so, how?

Visit the course placement and testing page for details

How do I send my AP scores to OU?

You need to be sure that (1) your adviser has your AP scores and (2) the Office of the Registrar receives your official AP scores. You can do both by logging into your College Board account at apstudents.collegeboard.org. Download your Score Report PDF file and email that to your adviser. To be sure that your official scores have been sent to the Office of the Registrar, view your past score orders. If your most recent scores have already been sent to OU then you’re all set. If not, submit a request through the score reporting portal.

How do I send my final high school transcript?

To submit your final high school transcript, review your high school’s website or get in touch with your high school guidance counselor to request a transcript. Final transcripts must include your graduation date and are accepted through Parchment. You may also email your final transcript to oakuniv@oakland.edu.

When should I purchase my textbooks?

Many students choose to purchase textbooks before the semester begins, while others wait until the first day of class when they’ve had a chance to review the syllabus with the professor. Remember, you can find the textbooks needed for your course(s) by logging in to your MySAIL account and clicking on the blue "Buy Books" box in the middle of the page.

Where do I purchase my textbooks?

We recommend utilizing the OU Bookstore, located on campus in the Oakland Center. However, no matter where you purchase your textbooks, just be sure they are the right ones!

Do I need a textbook for an online class?

Textbooks are used in nearly every class - even online classes! Check your MySAIL account to see what’s needed.

It looks like some of my textbooks are required, and others are recommended. What do I need?

Focus on purchasing required textbooks first, as those are necessary for the course. Reach out to your professors before classes start for more info. Or, wait to review your syllabus when it becomes available in Moodle to learn how your instructor will use the book to make a more informed decision. Professor contact information can be found in your MySAIL by clicking "instructor" under each course.

The textbook I need has different formats (bound book, e-book, loose leaf packet). How do I know which one is best?

This comes down to your individual preference and the cost you are willing to spend. Go with whatever will make you feel the most comfortable while studying and fits within your personal budget. You can't go wrong with any of these options!

How do I set up a required appointment?

Review our required appointments tab and follow the instructions.

How do I know if my online class has a required, live meeting time?

Online classes can require specific meeting times just like a traditional in-person class, have no required meeting times, or a mix of the two. This document will show you how to view this information in the schedule of class on SAIL and in your MySAIL.

How do I change my major?

Contact your adviser if you’re thinking about changing your major. They will provide you with the document used to adjust your intended major and will also recommend classes based on your new program of study.

I have a question for my instructor. How do I find their email?

Professor contact information can be found in your MySAIL by clicking "instructor" under each course.

How do I drop a class?
Under the summary panel, identify the course you wish to drop. Click the drop down menu to change Web Register to Web Dropped, and click Submit.  And, should we reference - be sure you've talked with your adviser first.
What if I need a laptop?
Contact the Student Technology Center (STC) to request one. The STC offers free technology loans for currently enrolled students to take to class, home, or off-campus.