Faculty Advising at Transfer Orientation



Faculty group advising can be an efficient way to manage large groups of students during transfer orientation.  There are several features of summer group advising which will help faculty advisors.

Student Summer Orientation Staff (SOS)

SOS will be assigned to the larger (number of students) advising groups based on their own major, training, and ability to work with large numbers of students in group advising. 

These students are trained to work in:

  • Mechanics of schedule planning
  • Liberal Arts core
  • Reading an Advisement Report
  • Fielding questions from new students about the University

Academic Advising and Registrar Staff will be in the Maucker Union Registration Areas to assist with scheduling and registration.  Academic Advisors will be available in the Maucker Union Ballroom Advising Area as well as in the Registration Area to troubleshoot and answer questions. 

Transfers arrive for afternoon departmental advising with a tentative schedule of Major and Liberal Arts Core classes.  Minors and/or specific courses for minors may have also been identified. 

Coordinating SOS into Transfer Group Advising

SOS will take direction from you at your advising location.  While they are trained to do the tasks listed above, they are not prepared to provide transfer presentations on specific majors and requirements.  However, you will find that they will help you insure that transfers follow the directives you present.

A Suggested Group Advising Format

While each major and advisor is unique, there are several elements of group advising which will make the session flow efficiently.  They are:

Advisor Presentation

  • Overview of the major, departmental requirements regarding admission and graduation.
  • Distribution of departmental advising materials appropriate for transfers.
  • Advising expectations for students in your major.  (i.e.: When should students meet with departmental advisors in the fall?  Are there departmental advising holds?)
  • Professional experiences available in your department, faculty mentoring, research opportunities, and clubs/organizations.
  • List available courses in the major on paper available at your advising table.
  • Provide Teacher Education information: major and professional education courses for teachers, sequencing, second teaching areas.

Individual Advising

  • Advise individual students by starting with students with the most complete schedules first.
  • Let the student know if you will be their assigned major advisor or if someone else will be.
  • During individual advising, find out
    • if the student understands and meets departmental requirements,
    • has questions about professional requirements, or
    • should consult with other offices at UNI.  (Academic Advising staff and SOS can help with referrals.)
  • Check the student’s tentative schedule against the Advisement Report to prevent duplication of coursework taken at another institution.  Ask the student if this is a complete Advisement Report.  Are there courses yet to be transferred?  (Admissions or Academic Advising can help with transfer equivalents.)
  • Remind the student to contact his/her faculty advisor in the fall.  Mention group meetings for department they should attend.
  • If you put a student into a closed class in your department, or wish to override prerequisites, you must indicate your approval with your signature next to that course.  Verify the section number listed on the student schedule by writing over it.
  • Sign off on the tentative schedule at the bottom and send the student to Maucker Union Ballroom C portable computer lab to register.


  • SOS or staff from Academic Advising will escort transfer students back to you, or call you if there is a situation (closed class, time conflict, etc.) with a major course(s).

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