Frequently Asked Questions

This page provides answers to many Frequently Asked Questions regarding First Year Advising.


When do I need to meet with my Advisor?

Initially, you will meet with an academic advisor at Orientation to set up your course schedule for the semester you were admitted. Then, you will meet with a First Year advisor during a group advising session during the 2nd and 3rd week of classes to review important resources and get reminders about processes and timelines that will be important in your first semester. After that, you should set up an academic advising appointment with your assigned first-year advisor to begin planning for your degree and to set up your next semester's schedule so you are prepared for advanced registration. You are encouraged to meet with your advisor anytime during the semester if you have questions or concerns about your courses or how things are going for you at UWF. It's important that you check in with your advisor early if you are experiencing challenges for the best options for assistance. You should also become familiar with the Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines.

View the Academic Calendar

How do I set up an appointment?

Please note that all advising meetings in this office for the Fall 2020 semester will be held REMOTELY and BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Advising appointments can be made by using Navigate found in MyUWF. Please select the location "First Year Advising (Phone/Video)". Your appointment confirmation will include a Google Hangout meeting link to use during your appointment time. You will need a computer or tablet with a microphone to connect with your Academic Advisor. It's preferred that you have access to MyUWF during the appointment. Please note that all appointments are made using Central Daylight Time so plan accordingly if you are in a different time zone. If you are 10+ minutes late, you will be considered a no-show and your appointment will be canceled. There are also step-by-step instructions on how to schedule an academic advising appointment in the public knowledge base.  

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Do you take drop-ins?

Please note that all advising meetings and events in this office for the Fall 2020 semester will be held REMOTELY and BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. First Year Advising will be open Monday-Friday 9am-4pm beginning 8/17 to assist with referrals for remote services ONLY and no appointments will be conducted in-person. Please connect with this office via email to FYAC@uwf.edu or call 850-474-3170. 

 

What is a PIN and why do I need one?

An advising PIN is required for class registration.

Your advising PIN must be released by your academic advisor. You will need to meet with your advisor to discuss your schedule for the upcoming semester. Your PIN will be released once you have met with your advisor.

You can find your PIN by accessing the Advising Status app in MyUWF. You can also view the Student Registration page for additional questions regarding the registration process. 

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How do I declare a major or change my major?

For current students: 

You must first meet with your academic advisor to declare or change your major. Your academic advisor will initiate an electronic form to start the process and then you will have to confirm that you wish to make the change before it is sent to the registrar's office for processing. If you have questions concerning your new major, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

For incoming students:

Prior to orientation and through the end of Drop/Add week, new students should submit the Application Major Change form. Application Major changes cannot be made starting three days in advance of your selected session. Any changes would then need to be made after orientation in conjunction with your academic advisor. 

How can I change my class schedule after the semester has started?

Drop/Add period (1st week of the semester):

During the first week of the semester, you will have the ability to drop or add courses through your MyUWF. We strongly advise you to contact your First-Year Advisor before making any changes to your schedule. After the first week of classes, you will be unable to add any additional courses and will not be able to make any changes to your schedule, unless to withdraw. 

After the 1st week:

With prior permission from your assigned Academic Advisor, you will be able to withdraw from individual courses up until a specific date in the semester identified on the Academic Calendar. You will need to schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss the impacts of withdrawing before you will be permitted to make any changes. It is highly recommended that you schedule this appointment in advance. 

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I have enough credits that I am not classified as a Freshman student. Why am I assigned to First Year Advising?

First Time in College (FTIC)- If you are entering UWF directly from high school and/or have never previously attended a higher education institution, you are considered a First Time in College student. FTIC students will automatically be assigned to First Year Advising, regardless of how many dual enrollment or other credits you have earned. 

 

Transfer students- Generally speaking, if you have 30 credit hours or less, you will be assigned to First Year Advising. If you have over 30 credit hours but are undecided, you will be assigned to First Year Advising until you declare a major. 

 

I am a newly admitted student who will be attending Freshman Orientation. How do I create my schedule and register for classes?

Fall 2020 Admits: New First-Year Students are required to attend New Student Orientation and registration is required. Once you have registered for your orientation session, your advisor may reach out to you to verify any AP, CLEP, IB, dual enrollment, and transfer credits that may be applied to your degree audit. After your advisor has reviewed your degree audit and applicable credits, they will complete a Fall 2020 schedule on your behalf. Advisors will begin creating these schedules on May 1, 2020. The purpose of the preliminary schedule is to enroll you in courses that are required for your major. Once completed, your advisor will schedule a virtual appointment with you to review and finalize your schedule. In the meantime, please be sure to review and complete your "Next Steps for Admitted Students" in your MyUWF. 

If you have specific questions that you feel are too numerous to address via email, you may call our office and we will be happy to accommodate you. 

Be sure to check your email regularly for any communication from your academic advisor. 

 

Visit our "Meet the Staff" page to identify your assigned advisor. 

 

For additional information or questions regarding orientation specifically, please visit their website. 

I am a newly admitted Freshman Transfer and I don't have to attend orientation. How do I create my schedule and register for classes?

Beginning April 27, 2020, the advisors in First Year Advising will begin reaching out to transfer students, under 30 credit hours admitted for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020, to verify any AP, CLEP, IB, dual enrollment, and transfer credits that may be applied to your Degree Audit. After your advisor has reviewed your Degree Audit and applicable credits, they will reach out to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment. During this appointment, your advisor will discuss your class options and walk you through the process to register for classes. In the meantime, please be sure to review and complete your "Next Steps for Admitted Students" in your MyUWF. 

Be sure to check your email regularly for any communication from your academic advisor. 

 

Visit our "Meet the Staff" page to identify your assigned advisor. 

 

To find out if you are exempt from orientation or for additional information, please visit their website. 

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Exchange Students (Incoming and Outgoing) registrarexchange@uwf.edu
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Last Class Withdraw registrar@uwf.edu
Major / Minor Changes registrar@uwf.edu
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