New Student Advising

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New Student Advising is designed for all new SPU students, both freshmen and transfers. Our goal is to get you registered for your first quarter’s classes.  Sign-ups for Autumn 2019 will be available from this website beginning Monday, February 4, 2019.

New Student Advising can be completed in one of three ways: Direct Registration, On-campus Advising Session, or Phone Advising.  Remember, completing Direct Registration or an On-campus Session earlier in the summer increases your chances of getting into your first-choice classes.

Questions are always welcome!  Contact us: nsa@spu.edu, or 206-281-2575.

Three ways to register for autumn classes

1. DIRECT REGISTRATION

A great way to secure your Autumn Quarter schedule without traveling to campus for an in-person advising appointment.  Instead, faculty and staff choose a schedule for you, in light of your intended area of study and the preferences expressed in a survey you will complete.  This is the quickest and most efficient way to complete your NSA.

Who is this best for?  Students traveling or working all summer, student athletes, those living in a different time zone, and those wishing to receive their schedule quickly and efficiently.  While still possible, this option is not recommended for transfer students or those with substantial transfer coursework.

What are next steps?  Sign-up on this page any time after February 4, 2019.  You’ll then receive a confirmation email with reminders and further instructions on submitting your $200 advanced payment, filling out the Direct Registration Survey, completing the Academic Tutorial in Canvas (including any required placement tests), and providing transcripts for any college-level work.

Beginning on May 17, students who’ve completed the above steps will receive their schedule within three weeks!



2. ON-CAMPUS ADVISING SESSION

These hour-long appointments are available at specific dates throughout the spring and summer.  You’ll speak with an advisor about your interests and together select courses for your first term at SPU.  While on-campus, you can also connect with other departments such as Housing, the Center for Learning, Disability Support Services, or Student Financial Services.

Who is this best for?  Transfer students or those with substantial transfer coursework, those deciding between majors, and student with lots of questions.

What are next steps?  Sign-up on this page any time after February 4, 2019.  You’ll receive a confirmation email with reminders and further instructions on submitting your $200 advanced payment, completing the Academic Tutorial in Canvas (including any required placement tests), and providing transcripts for any college-level work.

On-Campus Advising Sessions are available on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, May 18 (sign up by May 3)
  • Friday, June 21 (sign up by June 7)
  • Friday, July 12 (sign up by June 28)
  • Friday, August 2 (sign up by July 19)



3. PHONE ADVISING

Advising appointments over the phone are available if you cannot travel to campus.  Email or Skype is possible when phone is not available.  Like the On-Campus Advising Session, you’ll speak with an advisor about your interests and together select courses for your first term at SPU.

Who is this best for?  Transfer students or those with substantial transfer coursework living several hours away from campus.  Space is limited, so we ask that only students who cannot utilize Direct Registration or the On-Campus Advising Sessions sign-up for this option. 

What are next steps?  Sign-up on this page any time after February 4, 2019.  You’ll receive a confirmation email with reminders and further instructions on submitting your $200 advanced payment, completing the Academic Tutorial in Canvas (including any required placement tests), and providing transcripts for any college-level work.

Phone Appointments are first available beginning June 11 for students living 3+ hours from campus, and for all students beginning June 24.  Appointments are scheduled beginning May 1 once the above steps are completed.


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Admitted for Winter or Spring Quarter? Admitted for Summer?

If you are an incoming student who’s not beginning in the autumn, check out the information about NSA for Non-Autumn Admits.

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