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First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Orientation & New Student Programs
North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Photo of a adviser sitting at her desk talking with a student.

Academic Advising

Your assigned academic adviser is your "go to" support system as you navigate your first year of college. Advisers guide and make recommendations to help you to find success. FYAC advisers also work with undecided or re-deciding students as they choose a major and look at career options. 

Have a quick question?
View the Before Each Semester Begins module first for answers to common questions.

Need further assistance?
Start by using FYAC chat, e-mail your academic adviser or call our office at (248) 370-3227. 

Looking to schedule your required appointment?
Review our required appointments tab and follow the instructions.

Required Appointments

Required appointments begin January 20th. Adviser calendars fill up quickly, so schedule early! The deadline to complete this appointment is March 21, 2022.

How to schedule your required appointment
Before scheduling your required appointment, students must complete the Preparation for Your Winter Advising Appointment module in eSpace.

Prepare for Appointment module

Appointments will be held virtually until January 31st. Beginning February 1st, in-person appointments will also be available, pending changes to University COVID protocols in place at that timeClick the button below for instructions on scheduling an appointment with your assigned academic adviser. 

Guest policy
We encourage you to participate in your academic advising appointments independently. If you choose to have a guest join your appointment virtually or by phone, you will need to provide written consent.  Due to the space limitations of adviser offices, guests will not be allowed to join appointments in person.

Late arrival policy
If you are more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, you will have to reschedule.

No show policy
If you do not show for two of your scheduled appointments, you will need to call (248) 370-3227 in order to make an appointment.

Additional appointments
Starting on February 7th we will have weekly times that you can virtually log in to chat with an adviser for additional questions that have come up since your required appointment. Feel free to Join us on Zoom and drop in on the days and times below. 
  • Monday from 10:30 a.m. - Noon
  • Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday from Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Transfer Student Orientation
If you need to schedule a Transfer Student Orientation appointment, please call (248) 370-3227 for assistance.

In-Person Appointment Directions  Virtual Appointment Directions

Drop-Ins

Join us on Zoom!

Starting on February 7th we will have weekly times that you can virtually log in to chat with an adviser.

These ongoing drop-ins offer the opportunity for you to get quick individualized support and answer questions that have come up since your required appointment. Feel free to drop in on the days and times below. 

  • Monday from 10:30 a.m. - Noon
  • Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday from Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Stay On Track

Earning 28 credits in your first year is important to help you stay on track in your collegiate career. There are 3 key benefits to earning 28 credits. Review them below to stay on the fast track to graduation.

Graduate Faster: 

  • New students who earn 28 credits will achieve sophomore standing by the start of their second year.
  • That means, you’ll be on track toward graduation in four years.

Save Money on Tuition: 

  • 28 credits is required to renew OU scholarships and to receive new ones. Scholarships = less tuition cost!
  • And, the faster you finish your degree, the less you pay in tuition over time. 

Other Perks:

  • With 28 credits you'll be eligible to apply for on-campus jobs that require sophomore standing - like Orientation Group Leaders!
  • The more credits you earn, the earlier you will be able to register for next year’s classes. Earlier registration = better course selection! 

Don't withdraw from a course just yet. We can help! Reach out to your adviser via email or phone and make an informed decision.