Freshman Advising Procedure
Advising is an important part of a student’s academic success and it is even more important to a college freshman. We hope that you find the information on this page very useful as you adjust to life as a college student.
As a College of Communication freshman, please note that there is a different advising procedure in place for you. You will work closely with the assistant dean, who will also act as your adviser. It is therefore important that you get to know the assistant dean.
Every first-year student will be invited to a mandatory group advising session during the university’s official advising week. You will receive important information about advising and registration on your assigned advising date. The assistant dean and other advisers will review your schedule and graduation checklist at that time. Make sure to do the following before the group advising session:
• Have a list of courses you plan to register
• Review your graduation checklist
• Write down any questions you want to ask
• Show up at the scheduled time
Individual advising sessions are also scheduled throughout the year, so
be sure to avail yourself of that opportunity. Remember that it is your
responsibility to show up on the assigned date and time.
Advising and Adviser Responsibilities
The Diederich College of Communication assigns an academic adviser to each student depending on the student’s major. The academic adviser is charged with helping a student understand course requirements for his/her major and works with the advisee to develop plans toward realizing the student’s academic goals.
Consider your adviser as your academic mentor and someone to contact when you need clarification about requirements for your major or advice on how to ensure that you are making adequate progress toward graduation. Your adviser, as part of his/her responsibilities, will:
• Schedule office hours and be available during posted times to meet with you
• Be responsive to your needs and offer accurate information about course requirements
• Refer you to appropriate support services available on campus
• Discuss your interests and how to match them to your academic plan
• Offer guidance as you make your course selections, and explain university policies and the implications of your academic performance on your chosen major
While your adviser is always there to guide you through your academic goals, it is your responsibility to do the work necessary to ensure that you graduate in a timely manner. Part of your responsibility is to:
• Be aware of the graduation requirements for your major
• Have a list of courses you would like to add before meeting your adviser
• Prepare questions you need to ask your adviser ahead of the meeting
• Show up on the scheduled date and time
• Take the initiative to contact your adviser when you experience any difficulties that may impact your class attendance or academic progress, including health or financial issues
• Keep your adviser informed of changes in your course selections, career goals and academic progress
Group Advising Dates
Group advising for each fall and spring session will be held at the same time as the university-wide advising week. Your adviser will notify you of the room number and time scheduled for your specific session.
Graduation Checklist by Major
The Diederich College of Communication selects a group of students each year to serve as peer counselors to the freshman class. Peer counselors are Communication students with sophomore, junior or senior standing who are role models in terms of involvement in co-curricular activities and academic achievement. The peer counselors assist incoming students as they adjust to college life by being available to answer questions about campus involvement and academics. The peer counselors also assist with the coordination of freshman activities, including the Freshman Movie Experience and Career Fair Preview.
Freshman Movie Experience
All Diederich freshmen are expected to participate in the Freshman Movie Experience. Incoming students watch a mission-centered film chosen for their class and participate in a discussion session right after the movie. You will receive notifications regarding the date and time for the Freshman Movie Experience via email and D2L.
Freshman D2L Online Course
All Communication majors with freshman standing are enrolled in a D2L online class. This is not a formal class where a grade is assigned upon course completion; rather the class is a tool to ensure that incoming students have access to information about advising and student services available to all freshmen. The course is also used as a forum for freshmen to ask questions, interact with their peers, and engage in discussions about various Diederich activities. These activities include seminars, career fairs, student media and the first-year experience. Use your Marquette username and password to log in for information about course registration, advising and daily updates about campus events.
The following are contact information for some of the important resources and support services available to you as a College of Communication student. Please check specific websites for more details about each office/organization.
Student Media Advisers