New Student Advising

New Student Advising

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

How to register for autumn classes

Students admitted for Autumn 2017 can choose from three options to register for Autumn Quarter classes:

Direct registration

Direct registration begins in May 2017 and continues throughout the summer.

  • After signing up (see How to Sign Up for NSA) and receiving your initial confirmation email, the NSA office will send another message with a link to the Direct Registration Supplemental Survey.
  • Upon completion of this survey, a faculty advisor will craft your first quarter’s schedule and register you for classes.
  • We will send your schedule to you for verification, and you can make changes if you wish.

On-campus academic advising 

You can come to campus for individual or group New Student Advising sessions on the following days in 2017:

  • Group Advising - Friday, June 23
  • Individual Advising - Friday, July 7
  • Individual Advising - Friday, July 14
  • Individual Advising - Friday, July 21
  • Individual Advising - Friday, August 11
  • Individual Advising - Friday, August 25

Group sessions start with check-in at 8:45 a.m. and end by noon.

Individual sessions are one-hour appointments with a faculty or staff advisor. Check-in times are 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. The appointment lasts about an hour, and you’ll receive your assigned check-in time by email two weeks prior to your NSA session.

Phone advising appointments 

If you are unable to travel to campus, you can choose to have an NSA phone advising appointment. These appointments will take place throughout the summer.

  • To be eligible for a phone advising appointment, you must first submit your advance payment and complete all tutorial assignments.
  • The NSA office will contact students to schedule phone advising appointments.
  • Due to limited availability, priority will be given to those students living 4+ hours away from campus. These appointments will be scheduled first.

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 your NSA session or appointment.

Which new student advising option is best for you?

Direct registration 

  • Direct registration is a great option for students who want to secure an Autumn Quarter schedule as efficiently as possible without traveling to campus or scheduling an appointment for advising. 
  • It's the earliest registration option.
  • It’s great for those who are traveling or working all summer, since scheduling a time to come to campus or scheduling an appointment may be challenging. 
  • It’s perfect for athletes whose schedules can be quite a puzzle to put together. 
  • Those living in different time zones may find this option particularly effective. 
  • If you choose this option, you’ll complete an online survey indicating your academic and schedule preferences, from which expert faculty and staff will take care of choosing your schedule for you! You can still make changes throughout the summer, if you want to.

Group academic advising sessions

  • 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 2017, and then get registered for those courses. 
  • Traveling to campus will provide students who select this option 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 sessions

  • Individual academic advising sessions 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!

Phone advising appointments

Advising appointments over the phone (or email or Skype when phone is not available) are a great option for students who cannot travel to campus, but still want to be advised and register for classes themselves. These students will talk with a staff advisor to determine the best course plan for Autumn 2017, and then get registered for those courses.

Choosing Direct Registration or NSA advising sessions earlier in the summer increases your chances of getting into your first-choice classes.  Questions? Contact nsa@spu.edu, or 206-281-2575.

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.

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