Your first introduction to academic advising will occur during the Early Advising & Registration portion of NOMA Nation Orientation. Throughout your time at Sonoma State University, you will be supported by Faculty Advisors, Professional Academic Advisors, and our Student Support Network.
BY PARTICIPATING IN NEW STUDENT ADVISING & REGISTRATION
- Students will become familiar with vocabulary terms and elements related to degree requirements and course registration (e.g., FLC, GE, GWAR, electives, lower-division vs. upper-division, etc.)
- Students will be introduced to tools and resources related to degree requirements and course registration (e.g., MySSU, LoboConnect, General Catalog, Academic Requirements Report, Transfer Credit Report, Seawolf Scheduler, etc.)
- With support from Faculty and/or Professional Advisors, students will register for a full-time course load that supports student success, degree progress, goal attainment, and on-time graduation.
BY ENGAGING WITH PROFESSIONAL ACADEMIC ADVISORS
- Students will know why, where, and how to seek advising.
- Students will actively participate in advising and understand their role in developing their educational pathway.
- Students will know how to register for courses and utilize supporting tools/resources.
- Students will be able to find and utilize their Academic Requirements Report (ARR) to identify the degree requirements that are completed, in-progress, and outstanding.
- Students will know where to find enrollment policies, processes, and related forms.
- Students will understand Good Academic Standing, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), Academic Probation, and Disqualification.
- Students will be able to find and utilize the Program Roadmap for their major and General Education (GE) requirements, identify where they have agency in the curriculum, and curate a meaningful educational pathway.
- Students will understand how their educational pathway impacts their graduation timeline.
- Students will understand how campus resources, services, and co-curricular opportunities enrich and support their educational pathway.
- Students will understand how their educational pathway connects their values, skills, and abilities to their personal, academic, and professional goals.
BY ENGAGING WITH FACULTY ADVISORS
- Students will learn which major courses and necessary prerequisites are required for graduation.
- Students will understand how to sequence their courses to persist toward on-time graduation.
- Students will have access to the wealth of academic and industry experience and expertise.
- Students will be supported in the work they do in their chosen program of study.
- Students will be able to discuss graduate school options, internships, and career mentoring.
- Students will learn ways to become involved in undergraduate research and relevant co-curricular opportunities.
- Students will be connected with other faculty that share their educational or career interests.