As a transfer student, you are not new to college. But PLU is different than any other college. So, how do you make the best and most efficient transition possible, especially if your goal is to graduate in the next two years? Connecting with your Faculty Advisor and learning to find PLU resources are your top two priorities. Academic advising is the responsibility of students and faculty advisors. You are responsible for making you own life, career and educational plans; advisors are responsible for helping you identify and assess those plans—and alternatives. Because educational goals are defined in the context of life and career goals, advisors work together with the Advising Office and other student-service programs to provide support and resources to help you develop and realize your educational goals.
The Advisor’s RoleAdvisors help students by:
- Providing guidance in developing academic goals;
- Offering support if you experience academic difficulty or are in transition;
- Clarifying General Education requirements and academic policies;
- Providing referrals to other services on campus; and
- Assisting in general academic planning.
Your RoleAs a student, it is your responsibility to:
- Maintain regular contact with your advisor (your advisor cannot help you if he or she cannot contact you);
- Contact and make appointments with your advisor when required or when in need of assistance;
- Prepare for advising sessions and bring relevant material; and
- Ask questions as they arise— remember, the only “stupid” question is the one that remains unasked!
The PLU catalog is a great place to begin this process. Will you be able to meet entrance requirements and prerequisites on time, particularly in majors that require separate applications (Nursing, Business, Education, for example)? The undergraduate two-year course cycles are intended to help you plan your academic program. When you meet with your advisor, the information in these course cycles can be used to plan your course of study.