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Academic advising is required of all students to ensure you are made aware of the information and support resources available to assist you in making appropriate and well informed decisions regarding your curriculum requirements, your major, and your career choice.

All entering freshmen or transfer students with less than 60 credits must fulfill the university's Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP) requirements as part of their pursuit of the baccalaureate degree. While the IFP courses do not necessarily relate to the major, they do provide a foundation of knowledge that all well-educated students should possess. The IFP is comprised of a total of 36 credit hours.

  • 6 hours of Foundations of Written Communication
  • 6 hours of Foundations of Society & Human Behavior
  • 6 hours of Foundations of Science & the Natural World
  • 6 hours of Foundations of Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning
  • 6 hours of Foundations of Global Citizenship
  • 6 hours of Foundations of Creative Expression

For more information, consult University Advising Services or the FAU undergraduate catalog.

Don’t panic. Entering freshmen will be advised through OARS, the online advising system. As part of the OARS process, once a student submits the OARS advising form and receives approval for his/her courses, the UN hold will be removed. Students will need to meet with their Academic Advisor during their second semester to have the UN hold removed again. If you have questions about how the process works, contact University Advising Services at (561) 297-3064 or advisingservices@fau.edu.
This rule requires students entering college or university study for the first time after October 15, 1982, to complete, with grades of “C” or higher, 12 semester hours of writing and 6 semester hours of mathematics as a requirement for admission to the upper division. The 12 semester hours of writing must be completed with 4 Writing Across the Curriculum courses. Following is a list of IFP courses that satisfy the Gordon Rule Writing requirement: ENC1101, ENC1102, LIT2010, LIT2030, LIT2040, LIT2070, PHI2010 and WOH2012.
If you are an incoming freshman, you must first complete OARS, your online advising by getting OwlDone. Once your OARS form is approved, your freshman advising hold (the UN hold) will be removed and you will be eligible to register (once all your other holds are removed as well). You will register for classes by logging into MyFAU. A Registration Video Tutorial is available on the University Advising Services homepage. http://www.fau.edu/uas/registration.php
Speak to an advisor. Advisors have a lot of information on study skills and techniques, academic tools and campus resources that can help you get through the “rough patches”.
Undergraduate students who fail to earn a satisfactory grade point average (2.0 or higher) on all work attempted in any term are considered to be on academic probation. Students on academic probation who fail to earn a 2.0 grade point average on all work attempted in any term but have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher at FAU will be continued on academic probation. Students on academic probation who earn a 2.0 grade point average or higher in the next period of enrollment but whose cumulative grade point average at FAU is lower than 2.0 will be continued on academic probation. Undergraduates on academic probation should seek assistance from their academic advisors in improving their academic performance.
Glad you asked. Our office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. We are located on the Boca Raton campus in the Student Support Services building on the second floor in room 201. Our telephone number is (561) 297-3064 or you can send a question via e-mail to advisingservices@fau.edu. 
If you are unable to log into OARS even after you have paid your Tuition Deposit and taken your ALEKS PPL, please submit a ticket to the OIT help desk and the error will be resolved in a timely manner. Be sure to click Submit a Ticket and login in with your FAUNet ID credentials. SUBMIT A TICKET.
  • Transfer students with 30 or more credits and Second Bachelor's students do not complete OARS. You will be advised through the college of your intended major. Also, you will meet with an advisor at Orientation. http://fau.edu/studentresources/

  • First-year students with 60 or more credits will also complete OARS but may also be advised through the college of their intended major. Attendance at Freshman Orientation is required. Please contact University Advising Services (advisingservices@fau.edu) if you have questions about the completion of your Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP).

Note: Exceptions to any of the above items will be contacted via email or phone. 

OARS is NOT registration. OARS is Academic ADVISING and Course Selection.
Nope. You can and should complete OARS before you attend Orientation.
If you are an incoming Freshman or Transfer student with 30 or less credits and would like to change your major <b>and</b> you have NOT yet registered for courses, you will be able to change your major in OARS. Just select the major you would like to pursue from the dropdown menu. Your advisor will let you know if the major you selected is not an option for some reason. If you would like to change your major and you have ALREADY registered for courses, you will need to meet with an advisor to complete a Change of Major form.
  • Transfer students with 30 or more credits and Second Bachelor's students do not complete OARS. You will be advised through the college of your intended major. Also, you will meet with an advisor at Orientation. http://fau.edu/studentresources/ 

  • First-year students with 60 or more credits will also complete OARS but may also be advised through the college of their intended major. Attendance at Freshman Orientation is required. Please contact University Advising Services (advisingservices@fau.edu) if you have questions about the completion of your Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP).
Contact your the academic advisor who approved your OARS form. They will help you make the necessary changes.
If you have reservations about choosing your classes, simply follow the sample schedule provided in OARS, choosing courses from the recommended categories. When you submit your proposed classes an academic advisor will review your course selections, approve them and/or make recommendations for changes or alternate classes.
You will be assigned an academic advisor when your OARS is submitted. His/Her name, email, and picture will appear on your OARS from once you log back in.