First-Year Advising

How do I know who my advisor is?

Pace’s Comprehensive First Year Advising Program (CFAP) is designed to support our first-year students through the length of their first year. In your first year, your advisor will not be someone you meet with only before registration. In your first semester, you will see your advisor every week! That’s because your advisers will also be your first-year instructors in University 101. Your advisors are drawn from our full-time faculty and staff who have played a vital role in the Pace community.

What sort of advice will my advisor be giving?

Besides helping you make appropriate course selections when you register for the spring and fall semesters, your first-year advisor is there to:

  • Help you identify campus resources that can help you deal with academic or personal difficulties
  • Discuss how to address academic difficulties if your professors have expressed concern for your progress in the academic alert process, or if you have been placed on probation
  • Help you develop problem-solving skills, exercise independent judgment, and assume responsibility for your own academic success

University 101 is also directed toward making explicit many parts of the educational experience that you might otherwise be left to figure out on your own. It will be your advisor’s objective to make sure that you feel more comfortable with:

  • Appreciating the value of liberal learning
  • Incorporating self-reflection into your higher education
  • Registering for classes that best meet your curricular and intellectual needs
  • Planning not just for semester classes, but four year planning 

University 101 will allow advisors to introduce these topics to you, but your one-on-one sessions with them should extend the conversation begun in class. Even after UNV 101 is over, your instructor will be your advisor for the full year. Take the opportunity to form a relationship with your advisor and explore together how you can put into practice what you discuss in class.