New Student Advising

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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.

New Student Advising can be completed in one of three ways: Direct Registration, On-campus Advising Session, or Phone Advising.  Sign up using the link found below for your preferred type of New Student Advising.  Completing New Student Advising earlier in the summer increases your chance of receiving your first choice for classes.  

Questions are always welcome!  Contact us: nsa@spu.edu, or 206-281-2575.

Three ways to register for fall classes

1. DIRECT REGISTRATION

A great way to secure your Fall Quarter schedule without traveling to campus for an in-person advising appointment.  Instead, faculty and staff choose a schedule for you based your intended area of study and information you will provide in the Direct Registration Survey.  This is the quickest and most efficient way to complete your NSA.

Who is this best for?  Students traveling or working all summer, student athletes, those living in a different time zone, and those wishing to receive their schedule quickly and efficiently.  While still possible, this option is not recommended for transfer students or students with substantial transfer coursework.

What are next steps?  Sign-up using the Direct Registration link in this section.  You’ll then receive a confirmation email with reminders and further instructions on submitting your $200 advanced payment, filling out the Direct Registration Survey, completing the Academic Tutorial in Canvas (including any required placement tests), and providing transcripts for any college-level work.

Beginning on May 17, students who’ve completed the above steps will receive their schedule within three weeks!

Sign up here to complete your NSA through Direct Registration!



2. ON-CAMPUS ADVISING SESSION

These hour-long appointments are available at specific dates throughout the spring and summer.  You’ll speak with an advisor about your interests and together select courses for your first term at SPU.  While on-campus, you can also connect with other departments such as Housing, Disability Support Services (by appointment), or Student Financial Services.

Who is this best for?  Transfer students or students with substantial transfer coursework, those deciding between majors, and students with lots of questions.

What are next steps?  Sign-up using the On-Campus Advising link in this section.  You’ll receive a confirmation email with reminders and further instructions on submitting your $200 advanced payment, completing the Academic Tutorial in Canvas (including any required placement tests), and providing transcripts for any college-level work.

On-Campus Advising Sessions are available on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, May 18 (sign-up by May 3)
  • Friday, June 21 (sign-up by June 7)
  • Friday, July 12 (sign-up by June 28)
  • Friday, August 2 (sign-up by July 19)

Sign up here to complete your NSA through On-Campus Advising!


3. PHONE ADVISING

Advising appointments over the phone are available if you cannot travel to campus.  Email or Skype is possible when phone is not available.  Like the On-Campus Advising Session, you’ll speak with an advisor about your interests and together select courses for your first term at SPU.

Who is this best for?  Transfer students or students with substantial transfer coursework living several hours away from campus.  Space is limited, so we ask that only students who cannot utilize Direct Registration or the On-Campus Advising Sessions sign-up for this option. 

What are next steps?  Sign-up using the Phone Advising link in this section.  You’ll receive a confirmation email with reminders and further instructions on submitting your $200 advanced payment, completing the Academic Tutorial in Canvas (including any required placement tests), and providing transcripts for any college-level work.

Phone Appointments are first available beginning June 11 for students living 3+ hours from campus, and for all students beginning June 24.  Appointments are scheduled beginning May 1 once the above steps are completed.

Sign up here to complete your NSA through Phone Advising!

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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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