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.  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? What questions do you need answers to? What would you like to share with your advisor about your current semester and what’s happening in and out of classes? Write down your questions, concerns, and goals prior to the appointment. 

Prepare your proposed schedule.  Print your Program Evaluation and transcript from WebAdvisor. You will find your transcript on the bottom left of your “Students” menu on WebAdvisor, the third link down under “Academic Profile.” Your Program Evaluation is the next link down. This tool allows you to evaluate your progress towards completion of your declared major or the opportunity to “try on” a possible major to learn what would be required. Review the upcoming list of 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 extended 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 opportunities to develop your skills by engaging in research, adding a minor, applying for an internship, or planning to study abroad. 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 number of completed credits (not including credits in progress). Review the registration schedule to find out when you may begin registering.  

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.

Enrolling in not on the McMinnville campus during Jan Term or Summer?  Consider taking an online class through Linfield Online and Continuing Education by completing a registration form and getting your advisor's signature. You can also take classes at any accredited institution. To determine how a class will transfer to Linfield before registering for summer term at another institution, refer to the Transfer Equivalency Database and/or complete a Domestic Transfer Course Approval Form and submit it to the Registrar.  Make sure to include a copy of a printed course description.  The Registrar will review your form and contact you with information about the transferability of the class and any requirements that the class would satisfy.