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Academic Advising

At Thomas University, faculty and professional staff serve as advisors and mentors in developing an academic plan and assisting the student in course selection. An important first step in registering for class is contacting your advisor. All students are assigned an advisor based on their declared major and college level.

  • First time freshman are assigned freshman advisors in the SOAR (Success through Orientation, Advising and Retention) program. These advisors will meet with you during New Student Orientation and weekly to help you navigate through your first semester at Thomas.
  • Incoming freshman and sophomores are assigned pre-professional faculty advisors to help them successful complete lower division Core requirements.
  • Juniors and Seniors are assigned professional advisors within their declared major who will assist and mentor them through their upper division required courses within their degree program.
  • Graduate students are assigned graduate faculty advisors within their graduate program.

All students must contact and discuss course options with their academic advisor each semester to select a class schedule for the upcoming semester. Only a student’s assigned advisor may register a student for classes through the faculty registration portal. Advising is available through office appointments, online appointments, by email or by phone. Advisors help you stay on track for graduation requirements and maintain accurate program of study sheets.

Student schedules not approved by their assigned advisor, Division Chair or the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Advising releases TU from any responsibility in the event you fail to meet degree requirements for graduation.

Registration

For new students: New students receive notification of their assigned advisor through Thomas University email shortly after they are accepted to the university. Advisors email new students with contact and helpful information and registration information Students are encouraged to contact their assigned advisor as soon as possible to insure the best possible schedule of classes during their first semester.

For returning students: Academic advisement takes place during the regular registration period that precedes the fall, spring and summer semesters. All returning students must be registered before the end of the current semester to insure placement in the correct courses for the upcoming semester.

To change advisors:

Students may request to change to another advisor by completing the Change of Advisor Form. This request must be approved by the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Advising, who will notify you by email when the change has been completed.

To change your major:

Students who wish to change their major, or to change from Undecided to a major, are instructed to first meet with their CURRENT advisor. A Change of Major form must be filled out and submitted by their advisor to the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and is ultimately filed with the Registrar’s office. A change of major must be submitted as soon as the student begins taking courses within the major.

 
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