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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 is meeting with many students before registration.  Don't wait until the last minute to schedule your appointment.
  • Set goals for the advising appointment.  What do you hope to get out of the appointment?  What do you hope to learn?  Do you have questions beyond simply what courses you should take?  Write them down and arrive at the appointment with a clear idea of the information that you want to come away with.
  • Come prepared!  Print your program evaluation and transcript from WebAdvisor.  Review the list of  course offerings for the coming semester 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.
  • Talk about more than just classes.  Because you already did the legwork on putting together a schedule, it shouldn't take too much time for your advisor to review your proposed schedule and suggest some alternatives. Use the rest of your appointment time to discuss long-term planning in your major, ideas about internships and other professional experiences, or simply how things are going in your classes right now.  If you have alot of in-depth questions, consider scheduling a follow-up appointment with your advisor after registration, when his/her schedule isn't so booked.
  • Attention Sophomores! All students are encouraged to declare a major as soon as they are ready, but Linfield College policy requires that students declare a major once that 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 Major form available in Melrose 010.
  • Thinking about taking summer classes? You have options. Linfield offers online classes through the Division of Online and Continuing Education.  These are Linfield classes so it is easy to determine the requirements and LC's that would be satisfied by any of the classes.  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.

Do you know when you are eligible to register?  Please look at the Registration Schedule to find the time that you may begin registering.  Your registration start time is based on your completed credits (and does not include credits that are in progress).

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.