First Year Advising Cohort (FYAC)

Academic Advising is a process designed to assist students in the clarification of their life/career goals and in the development of educational plans for the realization of these goals.

Course Description:


First Year Advising Cohort (FYAC) is the foundation for academic advising at Saint Mary's.  It will provide structured support to help you transition into the academic and scholarly demands of college life, as well as provide guidance for your educational experiences and learning opportunities.  In general, FYAC will help you more fully and clearly understand yourself in the context of higher learning and the college experience.

Learning Goals:

1.  Acquaint students with aspects of the Saint Mary’s College community, including the Lasallian, Catholic, and Liberal Arts traditions as they are experienced here.

2.  Welcome students to SMC and SEBA, make sure they feel welcome and supported. SEBA Peer mentors will be assigned to FYACs to help foster a community among the students

3.  Career Services Support: career exploration, resumé workshop, LinkedIn workshop

4.  Familiarize students with the core curriculum, general education, and basic structure of major/minor requirements, and how to use the course catalog and GaelXpress to find information and assess their degree progress.

5.  Give the opportunity to form a mentoring relationship with a faculty advisor.

6.  Explore strategies for academic success.

7.  Set personal academic goals and develop habits as responsible decision makers.

8.  Academic advising of incoming freshmen

  • Assisting them explore their academic options at SMC
  • Inform them about the majors at SEBA
  • Help them explore enrichment courses and minors both inside and outside of SEBA
  • Educate students about Study Abroad opportunities