Academic Advising and Mentoring

In the FYE program, we understand that thoughtful and thorough academic planning makes all the difference in your college journey.  Whether that planning involves which courses to take, which major to explore, what types of co-curricular opportunities to pursue, or how to seek support, advisors will be right there with you in your first-year to help you make wise choices.

In fact, your main advisor will be right there with you in the classroom!  All first-year students take INQ 101 in their first semester, and your INQ 101 instructor will serve as your main advisor, helping you to develop an academic plan and connecting you to opportunities and resources.  For those of you who have already chosen a major to explore, your INQ instructor will also help you connect with your major advisor, ensuring that you are receiving the best possible advice as you develop your plan.

Our philosophy about advising first-year students is simple: we teach you to become your own best advisor by teaching you how to become a resourceful explorer of your own educations.  In this way, your INQ instructor will provide you with assignments that ask you to explore and research and organize, creating a plan for your own educational journey.  Then your instructor will help ensure that your plan is a wise one, providing an appropriate balance between your personal and career goals, liberal education requirements, major program requirements, co-curricular opportunities, and support needs.

We do all of this to help you feel more grounded as you plan your future, to help you make wise and thoughtful choices so that you may build a meaningful future here at Southern and beyond.