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First-Year Advising

Achieve Your Goals with First-Year Advising at Northern Vermont University-Johnson

During your first year of college, you’re bound to have lots of questions about classes, requirements, processes and more. NVU-Johnson’s First-Year Advising program is designed to make sure your questions get answered, your concerns are addressed, and that you go into your second year on sure footing.

Who is my advisor?

You will find out who your advisor is when your arrive at New Student Orientation. You can also check your profile in Self Service (located on the portal for your advisor’s contact information. If you are enrolled in a fall First-Year Seminar course, your advisor will be connected to that class. Otherwise, you will be assigned to an advisor in your academic department.

How often should I meet with my advisor?

As a first-year student, you are required to meet with your advisor at least five times during the academic year. Plan to schedule an appointment with him or her throughout the year. Here are some key times to meet:

  • Late August/Early September: Get to know your advisor! Plan to discuss your response to the “Important First Questions” sheet you completed during new student registration. Be sure to talk with your advisor about any concerns you have and any scheduling changes.
  • Late September/Early October: ‘Check in’ and discuss your progress. If you find yourself struggling in any area (academic or personal), this is your opportunity to think about different strategies and/or to get connected with support services on campus.
  • Early November: Select classes for the spring semester. Watch for Pre-Registration announcements on the portal and in your NVU email account. The advising staff in the Advising and Registration Center will offer walk-in advising hours during November to help you with class selection, utilizing Self Service, etc.
  • Late January/Early February: Reflect on the fall semester and to discuss strategies for the spring semester. Be sure to discuss any scheduling changes.
  • Mid-March: Select classes for the fall semester. Many first-year students will be assigned a new advisor during the summer prior to their second year so you may need to discuss this process, your preferences, and program changes if you are selecting or changing your major.


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