First-year students

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First-Year Student To-Do List:

  • Attend your COM 100 meetings (about seven to eight in the fall semester).
  • Attend Career Day—a Saturday morning event in the fall semester that brings communications professionals to campus to discuss careers in the field.
  • Visit your faculty adviser during his/her open office hours at least once each semester and for registration approval in fall and spring.
  • Find the Undergraduate Advising and Records Office (316 Newhouse 3) and meet with your academic adviser.
  • Visit the Newhouse Career Development Center (313 Newhouse 3) and find out what is available to you; attend a “Finding an Internship” seminar in your second semester
  • Explore dual majors (if interested) and minors. Information is in your Newhouse Fact Book as well as in Undergraduate Advising and Records.
  • Get involved in a campus activity (or several).
  • Ask questions and obtain a clear understanding your degree requirements.

Note: If you know your graduation month and year, go to MySlice and file a diploma request under “My Academics.”

Faculty Advisers and COM 100—First Year Advising Seminar

This seminar meets during the fall semester and is led by a Newhouse faculty member who will serve as your faculty adviser your first year. Through this seminar, you will have regular contact with your faculty adviser and a small group of Newhouse students and become better acquainted with opportunities within the school and the University. An additional peer adviser will also attend the seminar to answer student-related questions. You will need to meet with your faculty adviser in the fall and spring before class registration takes place.

Peer Advisers

Peer advisers are experienced Newhouse students who assist new students. You are assigned a peer adviser over the summer and will communicate with them as needed through to the start of classes. Peer advisers are knowledgeable about degree requirements and the University in general. You will work with your peer adviser Opening Weekend to understand your class schedule and learn where your classrooms are located. While your peer adviser’s formal role ends after your first semester, they are available as a resource through your first year.

Academic Adviser

You are assigned an academic adviser, by your last name, in the Newhouse Undergraduate Advising and Records Office (316 Newhouse 3). This adviser will maintain your academic record during your time at Newhouse and will be the person to go to for graduation requirements, getting credit for internships, changing your faculty adviser and registration questions. In your last two years, your academic adviser will prepare a degree audit for you that lets you know what requirements you have remaining.

Newhouse Fact Book

Each entering class at Newhouse has a guide book outlining Newhouse course requirements, rules and other helpful information. You will get your copy from your peer adviser Opening Weekend. Please read it and become familiar with your requirements.

University Rules and Regulations

We encourage all students to know University rules and regulations, found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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