Finished the First semester! Now What?
One quick meeting with an adviser can answer questions and clear up misconceptions that might hold your student back and slow them down for the next four years.

Congratulations to your students who have now completed their first semester of college life!  If they have not already done so, now is a good time to start working on a plan of action for their remaining time at BYU.  For this purpose, each academic college at BYU has an advisement center staffed by advisors to answer questions and connect students with the resources they need to move ahead and be successful.  It is never too early to start exploring options and directions. A list of all majors and their associated colleges is available on our website .

Limited Enrollment Programs: One important thing for students to keep in mind is that some majors are limited enrollment and only accept students by application.  Students should become familiar with the prerequisite courses, application deadlines, and other requirements needed for limited-enrollment majors well in advance before they plan to apply. When applying to limited-enrollment programs, students should have a backup plan in case they are not accepted. Advisors in the University Advisement Center can help develop alternative academic plans for reaching a given career objective.

University Advisement Center: The University Advisement Center is the college advisement center for open major students.  Our primary purpose is to help students make beneficial and appropriate decisions when choosing majors and careers.  In addition, we assist open major students with understanding university policies and procedures, University Core requirements, how to register and choose appropriate classes, and how AP credit, concurrent enrollment credit and transfer credit applies to their situation.  We also assist students with career interest inventories (career interest tests) and we teach Student Development courses such as Effective Study and Learning (STDev 109) and Career Exploration (STDev 117).  We sponsor an annual Major Fair every fall semester.  We are conveniently located in 2500 Wilkinson Student Center. For more information visit our website.

College of Fine Arts and Communications: The College of Fine Arts and Communications Advisement Center assists students interested in majors in the areas of Communications, Dance, Music, Theatre and Media Arts, and Visual Arts; also allowing students from all majors at the university to participate in dance companies, music ensembles, and theatre performances. The majority of our majors are limited enrollment programs requiring an application, audition and/or portfolio for admission consideration. We encourage students interested in any of our majors to contact our Advisement Center for timely and accurate information concerning pre-requisite requirements for their desired major. We have academic advisors available to assist students with class schedules and application information, as well as major and general education requirements. For more information, you may visit our website. Our office is located in room D-444 of the Harris Fine Arts Center (HFAC).

David O. McKay School of Education: The Education Advisement Center assists students with questions regarding general education, major/minor requirements, graduation requirements, and teacher licensure. Program-specific advisement is available in some areas. Our staff also provides information and assistance with scholarships, student teaching/internship placement for all teaching majors, and fingerprinting.  Secondary Education majors should regularly receive advisement concerning general education and major requirements through their respective college advisement centers. Visit us in 350 MCKB or call 801-422-3426. See our website for more information.

College of Life Sciences: The College of Life Sciences Student Services can help students reach their destinations, by offering services in declaring a major, class scheduling, scholarships, research opportunities, internships, career counseling, and graduation. For information about Life Sciences majors, visit the Life Sciences Advisement Website.

College of Humanities:   The advisement center assists students who are pursuing a liberal arts education. Advisors within the Humanities specialize in helping students understand, articulate and apply their Liberal Arts education to real life application through experiences such as internships, study abroad and research opportunities. Students in the College of Humanities use the Liberal Arts Advisement Center as a resource for career and academic exploration. For additional information about Humanities programs visit the HAC website

David M. Kennedy Center for International and Area Studies:  For students who love everything international, the Kennedy Center is a great place to start.  Our advisors can meet with students to discuss multiple major and minor options available to students who want to pursue their international interests.  We work with students to understand their long term goals and find the right combination of classes and experiences that will best prepare them to meet those goals. In addition to information about our majors and minors we are happy to talk about the many opportunities for study abroad as well as other international involvement on campus. The sooner a student comes to meet with us, the better we are able to help them plan, so encourage your internationally inclined student to come see us as soon as possible.  Find out more information here.

College of Engineering and Technology: From choosing the correct major to mapping a path to graduation, the College of Engineering and Technology Advisement Center advisors are available to assist with providing information about the programs; helping with registration, graduation, University Core requirements, etc.; or referring students to other academic resources on campus and clarifying policies and procedures. Find our contact information and more at our website.

College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences: Our college includes majors in the Departments of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Neuroscience, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and the School of Family Life. Advisors answer questions about majors, planning classes, post-graduation plans, or university life in general. One quick meeting with an advisor can answer questions and clear up misconceptions that might hold you back and slow you down for the next four years. For contact information and more visit our website.

Marriott School of Business: The Undergraduate Advisement Office for the Marriott School of Business has advisors who are prepared to assist undergraduate students in successfully completing university, college, and major requirements. The advisors can help with the following and much more!

  • Provide information about programs within the Marriott School and emphasis within each program
  • Answer questions regarding the MSB application process
  • Help students with registration, graduation requirements, fields of study, changes in major, and transfer evaluation, as well as clarify policies and procedures, and
  • Point students to available academic resources.

Students are encouraged to meet frequently with their advisors. For contact information and more, visit the Marriot School Advisement website.

College of Nursing: Undergraduate Advisement Center: The College of Nursing Undergraduate Advisement Center provides a Basic Pre-Nursing Information Packet (PDF) which contains information about the curriculum, academic requirements, clinical experiences, admission requirements and application process.  For more information visit our website.

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences: The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Brigham Young University houses seven departments: Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Physics and Astronomy, and Statistics. Together we work towards achieving our two-fold mission: (1) To provide the environment, the mentors, the tools, and experiences in fundamental science and mathematics that students from across the university need in order to contribute in their various fields and become lifelong learners; (2) To investigate, understand, and appreciate the beauty and complexity of the universe while enhancing reverence for its Creator.  For additional information visit their website, College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

We hope this will help you guide your students to the information and assistance they need in order to get the most out of their BYU experience!

Karen Evans is the Director of the University Advisement Center.