New Student Advising

New Student Advising

New Student Advising is designed for all new SPU students, both freshmen and transfers. Our goal is to get you registered for your first quarter’s classes.

Remember, choosing Direct Registration or NSA advising sessions earlier in the summer increases your chances of getting into your first-choice classes.

And in all cases, you’ll need to submit advance payment to the Admissions Office, submit official transcripts of all post-secondary credits received, and complete tutorial assignments and placement tests at least two weeks before your NSA appointment.

Questions? Contact us:, or 206-281-2575.

Three ways to register for autumn classes

1. Direct registration

A great way to secure your Autumn Quarter schedule without traveling to campus for an in-person advising appointment. Instead, faculty and staff choose your schedule for you, based on your preferences.

Direct registration is perfect if you’re --

  • Traveling or working all summer.
  • An athlete with a challenging schedule.
  • Living in a different time zone.

Direct registration is also the earliest registration option, beginning in May. First steps:

  • Sign up (see How to Sign Up for NSA) and receive your initial confirmation email.
  • You’ll receive another message with a link to the Direct Registration Supplemental Survey.
  • Complete and return the survey.
  • We’ll send you your schedule for verification, so you can make any needed changes.

2. On-campus academic advising: Individual or group?

Individual sessions are one-hour appointments with a faculty or staff advisor on a Friday in July or August:

  • July 7, 14, or 21
  • August 11 or 25

Check-in times are 9, 10, or 11 a.m., and 1 or 2 p.m.

Appointments last about an hour, and you’ll receive your assigned check-in time by email two weeks before your NSA session.

During your time, you can talk with an advisor to determine a course plan that will allow exploration of various disciplines while fulfilling general degree requirements. This is a great option if you’re unsure of your intended major.

Have a significant amount of transfer coursework? At an individual session, advisors can determine a course plan that works from your advanced starting point.

A group academic advising session is scheduled for Friday, June 23, 2017, 8:45 a.m. to noon.

During your time, you can talk with faculty in your intended major to determine your best course plan for Autumn 2017, then get registered for those courses.

Whether you choose an individual or group session, you may also:

  • Visit and ask questions of offices such as Housing, the Center for Learning, Disability Support Services, or Student Financial Services.
  • Meet other incoming students along with SPU faculty advisors in specific disciplines.
  • Have your picture taken for your campus card!

3. Phone advising appointments

Can’t travel to campus? Advising appointments over the phone (or email or Skype when phone is not available) are a great option if you want to be advised and register for classes yourself.

You’ll speak with a staff advisor to determine the best course plan for Autumn 2017, then register for those courses.

  • To be eligible for a phone advising appointment, you must first submit your advance payment and official transcripts of all post-secondary credit received, and complete all tutorial assignments.
  • The NSA office will contact you to schedule a phone advising appointment.
  • Priority is given to students living four or more hours from campus.
SPU students on campus

Admitted for Winter or Spring Quarter? Admitted for Summer?

If you are an incoming student who’s not beginning in the autumn, check out the information about NSA for Non-Autumn Admits.