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Advising Appointment Preparation

Before registering for classes, you will need to meet with your Faculty Advisor and be approved to register in WebAdvisor. Here are some tips for planning a productive advising meeting:

Schedule early.  Your faculty advisor meets with many students before registration.  Avoid waiting until the last minute to schedule your appointment.

Set goals for the advising appointment. It’s best to have a clear idea of what you hope to accomplish from your advising appointment. What do you want to learn? Do you have questions beyond what courses you should take?  Write down your questions and goals prior to the appointment. 

Prepare your proposed schedule.  Print your program evaluation and transcript from WebAdvisor.  Review the January Term and Spring course offerings on the Registrar's Office website or on WebAdvisor. Sketch out your proposed schedule and put the courses that you want to register for in your preferred sections in WebAdvisor.  Bring your college catalog, program evaluation, transcript, and a copy of your preferred sections, along with any other academic planning records, to your advising appointment.

Use the time to do long range planning.
If you have come prepared for your appointment with a proposed schedule, your advisor should be able to review your schedule and make any recommendations in a short amount of time. Use the rest of your time to discuss long-term planning including possible internships or other professional experiences. Or, you may want to simply check in regarding how things are going in your classes. If you have several in-depth questions, consider scheduling a follow-up appointment with your advisor after registration.

Declare your major. Linfield College policy requires that students declare a major once they have earned 45 credits.  This means that most students need to declare a major by the second semester of their sophomore year.  Undeclared students with more than 45 credits will be blocked from registration for next semester.  If you are ready to declare you major or have already earned 45 or more credits, complete a Declaration of Academic Program form and submit it to Academic Advising in Melrose 010.

Know when you are eligible to register.  Your registration time is based on your completed credits (not including credits in progress). Review the registration schedule to find out when you may begin registering.  

Review options for  summer classes. If you’re interested in taking classes this summer, consider taking an online class through Linfield Online and Continuing Education. You can also take classes at any accredited institution. To determine how a class will transfer to Linfield before the summer term begins, complete a Domestic Transfer Course Approval Form and submit it to the Registrar.  Make sure to include a course description.  The Registrar will review your form and contact you with information about the transferability of the class and the requirements that the class would satisfy.

After your advising appointment, check to make sure your advisor has approved you for registration by going to  “Approved for Registration?” on WebAdvisor.  You will also need to make sure your account is clear and resolve any issues causing a registration hold on your account prior to registration.