The Catholic University of America

Advising: Freshman Year
Track progress with Undergraduate Advisor
Connect with Major Advisor
Explore majors and disciplines
Investigate co- and extra-curricular opportunities
In your first year at CUA you will be assisted by an undergraduate advisor and, if you have declared a major, a major advisor. Throughout the academic year, your undergraduate advisor will assist you in selecting and enrolling in classes, adding and dropping classes, and switching majors or academic plans.  
 
Track Progress with Undergraduate Advisor
Most students will meet with their undergraduate advisor several times per semester during their freshman year. Students are invited to set up meetings with their advisor as questions or issues arise. Undergraduate advisors assist students in selecting classes for registration and help students track their progress towards their degree and other personal goals.

Connect with Major Advisor
As soon as you have declared a major, you should start meeting with your major advisor at least once per semester and continue to do so throughout your undergraduate career. Major advisors help you with class registration and guide you in your specific field of study. If you are an Exploratory student, your undergraduate advisor is also your Major Advisor. Your major advisor is listed on your “Student Center” page in Cardinal Station

Explore Majors and Disciplines
Here at CUA, students can begin their college careers as Exploratory majors, meaning that the student is in a period of guided exploration, seeking to decide which field will be his or her major focus. Your advisor will assist you in your search while helping to ensure that you will complete your degree in four years. Learn more about selecting a major here
Students who have already selected a major should strategize with their advisors about how to use their general education requirements. Your education should be a cohesive whole and not a heap of disconnected parts. Minors are an excellent way to be deliberate in your use of electives and general education requirements. Read more on our pages about departmental minors and interdisciplinary minors.
 
Investigate Co- and Extra-curricular Opportunities
We encourage you to be thoughtful in deciding how you spend your free time. Activities outside of the classroom can (and should) complement your educational experience. Your advisors will help you to identify opportunities that fit your interests and goals, and guide you to campus resources like Campus MinistryCareer Services and Study Abroad. These and other offices can help you get involved on campus, in the city and across the globe. Visit the Nest for event listings from every club, athletic team and academic department on campus.