The Core Advising Program at FCRH and FCLC was instituted to meet the special advising needs of first-year students. It is a manifestation of the University’s commitment to cura personalis—the care of the whole person. The program pairs first-year students with full-time faculty and administrators. Approximately 16 to 18 students are assigned to each core adviser, and the students meet with their adviser individually and in groups throughout the academic year. The first individual meeting is held early on to help facilitate a successful beginning. Later in the semester, they will meet again to discuss midterm grades and plans for the subsequent semester. In the second semester, the student and adviser will review the first-semester experience and begin to focus on future academic goals. During group advising sessions held throughout the year, issues covered include course planning, choosing a major, college degree requirements and policies, as well as strategies for academic success and experiential learning.
Our advising program provides the opportunity for students who have not yet declared a major to continue meeting with their adviser in the fall semester of sophomore year. These sessions, with guidance from our assistant deans for student support and success, will offer opportunities to discern major options, complemented by building connections to other resources such as Career Services. Sophomores with declared majors receive advising in their department/program of study. The sophomore class deans offer large informational group meetings for all sophomores early in the fall semester on such topics as international study abroad, internship opportunities, and workshops for liberal arts majors.
As juniors and seniors with declared majors, students receive their primary advising on all matters pertaining to their major from their department or program while the class deans continue to play an active role in advising students in fulfilling their core curriculum and graduation requirements. Students are encouraged to see their adviser regularly to discuss their academic and professional progress, in addition to course selection.
Academic Advising for Student-Athletes
The primary mission of the Office of Academic Advising for Student-Athletes is to provide Fordham University’s more than 500 NCAA student-athletes with the resources and direction needed to achieve their scholastic potential and to prepare them for postgraduate scholastic, athletic, and career opportunities. The office brings a breadth and depth of experience in athletics and higher education to their many responsibilities. These responsibilities include general academic counseling, eligibility monitoring, assistance in maintaining satisfactory progress toward degrees, and course scheduling. Mid- and post-semester grade reviews are conducted every semester.
The office has six full-time administrators, all of whom are dedicated to working with and for Fordham’s student-athletes.