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 two ways: Direct Registration or Individual Advising Session.  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.

Two ways to register for fall classes

1. DIRECT REGISTRATION

Our most popular NSA option and a great way to secure your Fall Quarter schedule quickly and efficiently without an 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.  

Who is this best for?  Students traveling or working all summer, student athletes, and those wishing to receive their schedule quickly and efficiently.  While 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 22, students who’ve completed the above steps will receive their schedule within three weeks!

2. INDIVIDUAL ADVISING SESSION

These hour-long appointments are available by Zoom, Phone, and (once permitted) on campus.  You'll speak with an advisor about your interests and together select courses for your first term at SPU.

Who is this best for?  Any student who'd prefer to have a conversation with an advisor, 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 Individual Advising Session 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.

Individual Advising Sessions are available beginning May 28.  We will be in contact to schedule your appointment beginning May 20 for students who have completed the above steps.

ON-CAMPUS ADVISING SESSION (Update)

Due to restrictions around large group gatherings and our wish to avoid any delay in students receiving their fall schedules, NSA will be completed only by Direct Registration or Individual Advising Session.  Thank you for your understanding!

Can I still visit campus?  Once permitted, we'd love to welcome you to campus with an Individual Advising Session.  If you're interested in visiting campus for your NSA, please indicate that preference when signing up and we'll confirm plans when scheduling your appointment.  

What if I already signed up for an On-Campus Advising Session?  Please update your preference by signing up for either Direct Registration or an Individual Advising Session using the links above.  The SPU portal allows you to adjust your NSA type simply by signing up again.  We'll always assume your preference is your most recent sign up.



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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.