Fall Academic Guidelines for the Academic Year

Fall (September)

  • Academic Planning. In early fall, revisit your academic plan for the next two years. Verify that you are in a good position of completing your graduation requirements in the next two years. GPA review. If you’d like to turn your GPA around, now is the time! This does NOT always entail repeating courses. Stop in talk strategy with an academic advisor.
  • Major and Minor Declarations. Make sure that your intended major(s)/minor(s) are listed correctly in SIS. Majors and minors MUST be declared in SIS! It’s not too late to add a second major or minor, but keep in mind that second majors or minors should not be limiting your desired course selection. If you’ve enjoyed taking courses in another field of study and have been successful in these courses, then adding an additional major or minor might be right for you. Stop by the Office of Academic Advising to discuss your options or meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in that given field. In addition, keep in mind that future employers are only interested in your skills, not whether you have a particular major or minor. You only need ONE major to graduate!
  • Coping with Changing Plans. It’s OKAY if your major is not working out as you expected or your pre-med plans have changed. Stop by the Office of Pre-Professional Advising or Office of Academic Advising to discuss your options.
  • Know important dates, deadlines, and policies. Know the deadlines to add/drop/withdraw or change to S/U grading!
  • Study Abroad. It’s not too late to study abroad! While study abroad application deadlines for intersession or spring programs are very early in the fall semester, summer deadlines won’t be until spring semester. Visit the Office of Study Abroad and schedule a meeting with a study abroad advisor to discuss ALL possible options.
  • Leadership. If you haven’t already, begin taking on leadership positions in your campus activities or student organizations.

Fall (October)

  • Build References. Get to know your faculty advisor, professors, university and community leaders, etc.
  • Embrace your major. During your fall meeting with your faculty advisor, you might want to consider if doing honors in your major would be a good choice for you. At least discuss how to get the most out of your major experience.
  • Tune into your gut frequency! You know the small voice of reason that is sometimes ignored? Both of these internal instincts will help you know if and when you need to make a critical decision to drop, withdraw, or S/U a course. It will also tell you when it’s time to ask for help!
  • Handling stress. If you begin to experience stress, anxiety, or any cause for concern, stop in to meet with an academic advisor or stop by the Counseling Center. In times of academic stress, you may need to further develop your study techniques. In times of emotional stress, you can learn effective techniques to feel better.