Advising at UNF
How Advising Works
All students with less than 30 credits earned, who are not in the Hicks Honors College, report to First-Year Advising (FYA) for all their academic advising needs. As a first-time-in-college student you will be assigned an advisor who will help you navigate your first year, clarify your short- and long-term goals, and prepare you for your upper-division coursework.
If you plan to apply to a limited access or selective admission program, your advisor will help you understand the requirements and process. Some college departments may talk to students considering their programs who are not yet admitted or declared. Your First-Year Advisor can help you understand all options. You will meet with your assigned advisor throughout your first year at UNF.
Once students reach 30 credits, they become sophomores and begin seeing an advisor within the college of their chosen major. For students still exploring majors, they will continue to work with their assigned First-Year Advisor until they have declared a major.
Advising is a cooperative experience between you and your advisor. The goal of advising at UNF is to provide accurate and personalized academic information, educate you about your academic responsibilities, help you identify and integrate the many resources of the University, and assist and advocate for you as you experience a variety of transitions at UNF. We strive to guide you towards your academic goals by providing information, references and advice; however, we will not make choices for you. Ultimately, you are in control of your educational experience, with an advisor as a resource to help you succeed.
Advising at UNF is built around responsibility, resources, and relationships.
- Schedule regular visits
- Take ownership
- Follow through
- Learn policies, procedures and requirements
- Take advantage of opportunities
- Use academic tools: degree evaluation, Osprey Map, UNF catalog
- Read your UNF email
- Foster open communication
- Clarify your values, interests and goals
- Build a connection
- Remember advising is always a two-way street
Advising After Orientation
At the beginning of each semester, your individual First-Year Advisor will email you regarding your upcoming mandatory advising meeting and with important academic information. You will begin preparing in October for spring enrollment and in March for summer and fall enrollment.
Your Fall Advising Appointment
During your fall meeting you will meet with your academic advisor to discuss how your transition to college is going, how you like UNF, how you are doing in your fall courses, various resources available to you, ideas regarding your major, and course selection for the spring.
Your Spring Advising Appointment
During your spring meeting you will discuss how you are doing in your spring classes, any adjustments to your major needed, course selection for summer and fall, and for decided students, we will help get you connected with your college as you move into your sophomore year.
Make an Appointment with Your Advisor
You can schedule an appointment with your First-Year Advisor through your myWings portal.
- Log into myWings and on the left side bar click on Academic Support link
- Click on Advising link
- Click on Make Advising Appointment link
- In the Select Week field, choose the week you want to make an appointment and click submit
- Click in the Appointment Available time you choose, enter the required information
- Click Make Appointment
If you have trouble making an appointment through myWings, or don't have an assigned advisor yet, contact the First-Year Advising Office at 904-620-1012 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four Steps to Graduating
Make a four-year degree a priority by:
- Completing an average of 30 credits each year that apply toward degree requirements. You need 30 hours to be a sophomore, 60 to be a junior, and 90 to be a senior.
- Meeting the grade point average and course requirements required by your intended major.
- Making a decision about and declaring your major no later than the beginning of your sophomore year.
- Meeting regularly with your academic advisor to review degree progress.
Meet With Your Advisor Early and Often!
Your academic advisor can:
- Help you create an academic plan that will allow you to discover and pursue your academic interests and achieve your goals.
- Help you decide on a major (and minor, if applicable) best fitted to your skills, interests and future goals.
- Inform you about course options, degree requirements, University policies and procedures.
- Be a resource in making UNF work for you.