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Group Advising

Location:
623 S. Wabash 
Suite 300
312 369 7645
collegeadvising@colum.edu

Fall 2013 Hours: 
Mon.-Thurs.: 9am to 6pm
Fri.: 9am to 5pm

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Group Advising FAQs

Are first-year students required to attend a group advising session?

No, first-year students are not required BUT are expected to fulfill their first-year obligation and meet with their assigned college advisor. During the group sessions, students will discuss academic planning for the following semester. Group advising is an excellent opportunity for students to adequately prepare for spring registration.

What are the benefits of attending a group advising session?

Group advising sessions cover essential information for all first-year students to help them get ready for spring registration and start creating their academic plan at Columbia.  Students will have a great opportunity to meet their college advisor and other students in their major.  Students will also review their advising resources and requirements and learn how to pick classes that factor in their academic, personal and professional goals.

How long are group advising sessions and what should I bring?

Group advising sessions will be one hour long. When scheduling, students should give themselves enough time to arrive on time to their group advising appointment. Students should bring materials to take notes and any questions that may have since the start of the fall semester. Students are not required, but are encouraged to bring their laptops, iPads/tablets, or smart phones for the purpose of taking notes or accessing their student OASIS account.

Can students still schedule an individual appointment with their assigned college advisor after they attend a group advising session?

Yes, students can still schedule an individual appointment with their assigned college advisor. Many students, after attending a group advising session have been inspired to schedule follow-up appointments with their college advisor.    

If a student has already met with their assigned college advisor for an individual appointment, do they still need to come to a group session?

No, although they may still find the group session valuable.  They will also be able to meet other first-year students within their major.

What if a student is unable to attend a group session during their assigned dates?

They can reschedule their group advising session for another date that fits their schedule.  There is no administrative hold that will prevent them from scheduling on a different date.

If I am thinking about changing my major, should I schedule a group advising appointment with the session of the major I am considering, or with the major I am currently?

Students should schedule a group advising appointment with the major they are considering. Group advising sessions are organized by majors. Students will experience the most benefit in attending a group session that is geared toward the major they plan to pursue.

What if I’m undecided about a major, is there a group advising session for me?

College Advisors often assist students who are undecided on a major. Students who are undecided are encouraged to attend a group advising session based on their area of interest. Students will learn about the requirements of that area and how to use the Liberal Arts & Science core and college-wide electives to assist in the major exploratory process.

Is there an advantage to participating in a group advising session earlier in the semester?

No, all group sessions will cover the same content throughout the entire six weeks. However, seats are limited; group sessions can fill up quickly. In order to ensure a seat, students should schedule early. 

How long are group advising sessions and what should I bring?

Group advising sessions will be one hour long. When scheduling, students should give themselves enough time to arrive on time to their group advising appointment. Students should bring materials to take notes and any questions that may have since the start of the fall semester.

Can upper-class (sophomores or higher) students attend a group advising session?

Group advising sessions are designed for first-year students. New students with sophomore or junior standing may also find value in a group advising session, however, are encouraged to make an individual appointment with their college advisor.

 

  


MORE INFORMATION:
Why should I attend a Group Advising Session?
How to schedule your Group Advising Session
Group Advising handouts & resources
Group Advising FAQs 

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