Advising in the First Year

Advising in the First Year

Exploratory Advisors guide new students through their transition to college and help them navigate the university. Our team helps students clarify their interests, skills, and values related to class selection, major exploration and decision making, and curriculum planning. We empower students to make informed academic decisions while helping them understand policy the university resources available to assist in their academic success.

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The Exploratory Advising team will work with students in a group setting to review relevant academic and campus information, as well as assist students with course registration. More information on Orientation can be found on the Orientation website.

In order to optimize your advising experience at Orientation, students should:

Selecting the appropriate math course is based upon your ACT/SAT mathematics score and your intended major. The ACT/SAT math score determines a students default course placement into a specific math or statistics course:

Course Old SAT Math Score Revised SAT Math Score ACT Math Score
MAT 1033 (Intermediate Algebra) - Free Elective  480 or below 510 or below 20 or below

MAC 1105 (College Algebra) - General Education

MGF 1106 (Finite Math) - General Education

MGF 1107 (General Math) - General Education

STA 2023 (Statistical Methods) - General Education

490 - 540 520 - 560 21 - 23 

MAC 1147 (Precalculus) - General Education

MAC 2233 (Elementary Calculus) - General Education

550 - 640 570 - 660 24 - 28
MAC 2311 (Calculus I) - General Education 650 or higher 670 or higher  29 or higher

Your academic advisor may recommend that you take the math placement test through the FGCU Testing Center as part of your initial enrollment process. More information will be sent to your FGCU Eagle Email account prior to Orientation.

Students that have completed college level mathematics coursework while in high school may be placed into a higher math course which will be reviewed with your advisor at Orientation.

All incoming first-year students are required to complete FGCU's General Education Program as part of their degree requirements.  Students can use the General Education Checklist to easily view the courses that comprise the General Education Program and explore their options.

Requirements for the first semester:

New Student Meeting

These meetings are conducted in small groups during the first few weeks of the term, and serve as an initial check-in with our students to talk about how their semester has started, and to reinforce the role of the academic counselor, address any issues of concern, and to look ahead to preregistration process for the next semester

Pre-Registration Meeting

The pre-registration meeting takes place once every semester. Students will be required to meet with their academic advisor to talk about their academic progress, discuss possible course options for their second semester at the university, and review the online course registration process. 

Requirements for the second semester:

Check-In Meeting

These presentations are held during the first half of the term by academic advisors, and focus on reinforcing academic milestones for degree progression (and the consequences for not meeting these requirements), sharing information about the resources and opportunities that the academic college has to offer, while looking ahead to the preregistration process for the next semester

Pre-Registration Meeting

The pre-registration meeting takes place once every semester. Students will be required to meet with their academic advisor to talk about their academic progress, discuss possible course options for their third semester at the university, and to review the advising transition process.

Students will transition to College Advising once they have met the specific criteria based on their intended major. More information on the advising transition process is available here: Transition Process 

Click this document to view detailed registration instructions on how to register for courses through Schedule Planner and/or FGCU Course Search page. To watch how to register for classes click here

 

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