Freshmen, you must meet with College Advising at least once during your first year, preferably during the first semester (pssst... Group Advising in October is a great opportunity to do this). College Advising can help make sure your major is right for you, change it if it isn't, explore minors, discuss life outside of your classes, etc. We are the experts at transitioning to Columbia, navigating the college, and making the most of your time here.
Sophomores, this might be the first semester that your academic department will require you to meet with a faculty member prior to registration. So hop to it! Find out who you’ve been assigned on your Academic Record in Oasis. Underneath your College Advisor’s name will be the name of a faculty member ready and waiting to help you. You might need to meet with this person each semester, so strike up a conversation & visit often. He or she will issue you faculty clearance before registration, too.
Juniors, make sure to apply for graduation! Fill out the Undergraduate Graduation Application in Oasis under the “Students” tab. You’ll receive an audit of your courses—double check to make sure it’s accurate and build the schedules for your following semesters from there. Make a follow-up appointment with your College Advisor and faculty advisor to make sure your audit is correct, and that your path to graduate is nearing completion.
Hell yeah, Seniors! Your path to graduation is almost finished. Your career preparation should be in full-swing with your faculty advisors and the Portfolio Center. Feel free to triple-check your degree requirements with us at the Grad Block Party, make an appointment with your college advisor, or drop by our office. We also just plain enjoy seeing how far you've come since you saw us during your first year. But just to be sure, follow this checklist:
- apply for Graduation in Oasis
- review your graduation audit early and often in case something’s off kilter
- talk with your faculty advisor about any lingering equivalencies or transfer credits
- meet with your College Advisor to make sure you’re picking the right classes for your final semester
- talk with the Portfolio Center about how to best assemble your body of work, and job search tips
- showcase your work at Manifest & Industry Events
- flash a giant smile at Commencement; you earned it!
Career Services over in the Portfolio Center has made a great 4-year plan focusing on the steps you should take so you can live what you love after you graduate. Download it here.