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Academic Advising


Gearing up for your first semester

Advising is an important part of a successful college experience.

Throughout your time at Florida Southern, you will work closely with your advisor to make thoughtful decisions about your academic endeavors, select the right courses, and ensure you are making the most of your college years.

At Florida Southern, the advising process begins before you step foot on campus.

The Course Preference Form

Designed to allow you to share your interests with our advising team, the first step in getting registered for the fall semester is completing the Course Preference Form. You’ll select courses that will satisfy your General Education (Gen Ed) requirements, also referred to as Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).

Student Learning Outcomes
These required courses are intended to provide you with an understanding of the natural and cultural world, encourage you to think about your place in society (personal and social responsibility), and encourage you to develop the practical skills that are needed to be successful in life. See Academic Catalog  

Before beginning the survey, take a moment to review our list of common first-year course descriptions from the following six categories: mathematics, communication, social world, natural world, meaning and value, and fine arts.

Complete the Course Preference Form   

Summer Advising Day

Confused about GenEds? Not sure if you need to take a language? The transition from high school to college academics can be confusing, but your summer advising session is your chance to ask questions and become familiar with your degree requirements.

Using the information you provided through the Course Preference Form, you and the advisor will discuss how you can match your interests with the College’s degree requirements.

If you haven't decided on a major, the advisor will make recommendations on first-year courses that will help you to explore your interests. Either way, you will leave your session with a schedule for your fall semester!

Register for Summer Advising Day  

We strongly encourage all new students to attend Summer Advising Day. If you are unable to make it, our team will use your selections to build a preliminary schedule, which will be available in August. You’ll have opportunity to make changes at New Student Orientation.

Please note: Advisors meet with students only. Students are expected to take responsibility for their academic planning. It might be a good idea to discuss your goals and plans with your parents beforehand, in case they have questions.

Advising at New Student Orientation

In addition to lots of fun activities to help you get to know your hall mates and other new students, our New Student Orientation provides an opportunity to meet one-on-one with your advisor.

Though you will already have your fall schedule, these one-on-one advisor meetings will allow you to make adjustments to your courses as needed, while beginning to plot a four-year plan.

More than assisting with class selection, your advisor is responsible for guiding you through the FSC experience and will help translate your goals, interests, and life plans into an effective educational experience.

Department Meetings
In addition to your meeting with your advisor, you will also participate in Academic Department meetings. These meetings will give you an opportunity to get acquainted with the faculty in your academic department. A special session is also hosted for students still exploring their options.

We're here for you.

As you begin to make the transition from high school to college, you’re going to have a lot of questions and our advising team is here to help!

Questions? Contact

Student Solutions Center
Rogers Building (R)
863.680.4900 (phone)