First Year Advising

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First Year Advising Overview

Freshman, First-Time-in-College, and Undeclared students are assigned to a specific advisor in First Year Advising to assist with initial course registration, goal setting, and degree planning before being transitioned to academic advisors in the major departments after achieving sophomore status.


The University of West Florida recognizes that advising is an integral part of a college education. The advising process establishes a collaborative relationship between student and advisor in which the student feels a sense of connection, support, and guidance. Effective academic advising is developmental. It responds to, and creates growth and change within the student. Academic advising encourages students to think critically, seek out resources, and develop action plans. It provides students with the information and encouragement they need to take personal responsibility for exploring options and making decisions. Ultimately, academic advising allows each student to achieve a meaningful and successful educational experience.