What Is New Student Advising?
New Student Advising (NSA) is the mandatory program by which new students are advised and registered for their first quarter’s classes at SPU. NSA is held on campus, and for those unable to travel to SPU for NSA, we offer NSA appointments over the phone. You are required to sign up for a specific NSA date. Once you do so, you'll receive a confirmation email that confirms your signup and outlines the items you need to complete prior to your advising and registration for your first quarter's classes.
Who Should Attend New Student Advising?
All new freshmen and transfer students are required to complete New Student Advising, whether on-campus or over the phone.
When and Where Is New Student Advising?
Are you admitted to Seattle Pacific for Winter, Spring or Summer Quarter? Be sure to click on the "NSA for Non-Autumn Admits" link on the left sidebar.
Students admitted for Autumn 2016 can choose from three options to register for autumn quarter classes:
1) Attend an on-campus group-advising session led by faculty.
2) Come to campus for an individual advising appointment.
3) Arrange for an appointment with an advisor over the phone or email.
On-campus group academic advising will be held on the following days (check-in will be at 8:20 or 8:45 AM, and the sessions will end by noon):
- Saturday, May 21, 2016
- Friday, June 24, 2016
- Friday, July 8, 2016
- Friday, August 12, 2016
On-campus individual academic advising appointments are available on the following days (check-in times will vary throughout the day):
- Friday, July 15, 2016
- Friday, July 22, 2016
- Friday, August 26, 2016
- Friday, September 9, 2016
Individual academic advising appointments are available by phone or email for those unable to travel to campus. Indicate that you cannot travel to campus for New Student Advising during the sign-up process in Banner. These appointments will take place throughout the summer.
In all cases, submission of an advance payment to the Admissions Office and completion of tutorial assignments and placement tests are required at least two weeks prior to the NSA session or appointment.
What type of New Student Advising experience will benefit me most?
Group academic advising sessions are great for new SPU students who want to meet other incoming students and engage with their peers along with SPU faculty advisors in specific disciplines. Those attending these sessions will talk with faculty in their intended majors to determine the best course plan for Autumn 2016, and then get registered for those courses. Traveling to campus will provide these students the opportunity to visit and ask questions of offices such as Housing, the Center for Learning and Disability Support Services, Student Financial Services, and the Bookstore prior to New Student Orientation in the fall. You can also take your picture for your campus card!
Individual academic advising appointments are a great way for students to talk with an advisor to determine a course plan that will allow exploration of various disciplines while simultaneously fulfilling general degree requirements. Those students with a significant amount of transfer coursework may also benefit from an individual advising session where advisors can determine a course plan that is appropriate considering an advanced starting point. Traveling to campus will provide these students the opportunity to visit and ask questions of offices such as Housing, the Center for Learning and Disability Support Services, Student Financial Services, and the Bookstore prior to New Student Orientation in the fall. You can also take your picture for your campus card!
Advising appointments over the phone or email (or Skype when phone or email are not available) are a great option for students who cannot travel to campus for an NSA experience. These students will talk with a staff advisor to determine the best course plan for Autumn 2016, and then get registered for those courses.
Attending sessions earlier in the summer increase your chances of getting into your first-choice classes.