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Second-Semester Freshman Advising

As of spring 2008, second-semester freshman were required to participate in mandatory advising. The goal of the new mandatory advising program was to begin the critical connection of freshmen to their academic disciplines and faculty advisors as early as possible. The program was designed to meet the needs of undeclared freshmen, those who are declared in a pre-major and those who are declared in a non-impacted major.

In the spring 2008 semester, more than 95 percent of the freshmen who entered CSULB in fall 2007 received second-semester advising via this program. Following is a summary of the advising support available for these students:

  • Undeclared freshmen participate in a two-prong advising program that includes voluntary sessions in the Career Development Center coupled with mandatory advising sessions in the Academic Advising Center. Students are able to avail themselves of opportunities to explore major choices.
  • Pre-majors who declared in one of CSULB’s 10 impacted majors may obtain advising from their department/college. These sessions are designed to offer a realistic assessment of the chances of being accepted to a competitive major.
  • Declared freshmen are assisted by their specific colleges and academic departments. Departmental advising programs are designed to engage freshmen and outline a pathway through the major.
  • Special student populations, such as EOP students and student athletes, receive advising via these special programs. Special program advisors urge pre-majors and declared majors to connect with their academic departments.

In addition, Enrollment Services plays a major role in notifying students about the second semester mandatory freshmen advising process and in providing reports and information to assist faculty and professional staff.