Advising and Registration for First-Year Students
Faculty advisors assist with information about academic policies, course selection, class reservation and registration procedures, and graduation requirements. They also help students make decisions about educational goals, alternatives and career needs.
Incoming first-year students are registered in classes during the summer prior to the fall semester by faculty members serving as summer advisors. Each student has one class that is designated as his/her preceptorial, which can be compared to a homeroom class. This class is linked to LLC themes, and the faculty member who teaches each preceptorial class serves as an academic advisor until students formally declare their major.
Your Academic Advisor, the First Two Years
In addition to teaching the preceptorial course, preceptorial faculty serve as academic advisors for students from the time they enter USD until the end of their sophomore year. By that time, students are encouraged to either declare a major (when the advising responsibility shifts to the major department) or they should be referred to the Dean's office, which provides academic advising for undeclared students.
Undeclared first-year students and sophomores will continue to be advised by their preceptor.
Torero Days Orientation
Incoming first-year students will meet with their preceptor during Torero Days Orientation. One of the purposes of the preceptorial meeting is to introduce students to the Core Curriculum and liberal arts and to troubleshoot student schedules (for example, math and foreign language placement).
All incoming first-year students will have advisor holds placed on their registration until they meet with their preceptor during Torero Days orientation. Holds will prevent incoming students from making uninformed changes to their schedules. Many new students won't yet fully understand the academic requirements at USD.
Immediately following the Torero Days meeting, all first-year student advisor holds will be lifted automatically.
During subsequent registration periods, advisor holds will be used for all undeclared students, but lifted and remain lifted once a student has declared a major, with the exception of tardy graduation petitioners.