Academic Advising Guide
Expectations of Students and Advisors
The relationship between advisor and student is one of shared responsibility. Learn what to expect.
Year One: Exploration and Discovery
Your first year is an opportunity to discover your skills, interests, values, identity, and goals by taking courses in a variety of different academic fields. Explore and discover.
Year Two: Focused Exploration and Decision-Making
Year two places an emphasis on inquiry and exploration which involves finding a major that helps you meet life and career goals, but that you also find appealing and fulfilling. Make decisions.
Year Three: Connecting and Refining
In the third year, you begin to focus your study in a major. It is also a time for you to take the initiative to seek out opportunities where you are able to apply your developing knowledge and skills to meet real-world challenges, through opportunities such as internships, community engagement projects, or research experiences. Connect and refine.
Year Four: Synthesis, Reflection and Closure
The fourth year is the culmination of your academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular experiences at Furman and is the time to reflect upon your accomplishments and your plans following graduation. Reflect and find closure.