Academic Advising

Explore Classes & Seminars!
Use the pages in this section of the Welcome Website to learn more about your first-year advising class and seminar options.

Once you accept your offer of admission and make your Advance Tuition Payment, two helpful planning tools will become available on myPugetSound -- the Advising Placement Questionnaire (APQ) and the Math Placement Test (MPT). These tools will help you identify and prioritize topics that interest you, and help you select classes for your first semester at Puget Sound.  

All students must complete the APQ, as we use your responses on this questionnaire to create your fall schedule and for your advisor to get to know you a bit before you meet at Orientation.  For students interested in studying business, economics, engineering, exercise science, math, any of the natural sciences, or psychology, or those students who have an interest in health professions (doctor, dentist, PT, OT, PA, etc.), we ask that you complete the MPT on your myPugetSound before completing the Advising Placement Questionnaire so you can select an appropriate math course in your first year.  This diagnostic tool gauges your math skills in relation to our curricular offerings.  That means there is no need to study for the test, nor do you need a calculator or to seek assistance to complete it.  The results are only used to help you select an appropriate math course, with the placement recommendations emailed to your Puget Sound account.

First-Year Students | Transfer Students

Welcome! We are delighted that you will be joining us in the fall. We think you will find University of Puget Sound an intellectually stimulating and exciting place to be.

First-Year Students - Advising and Seminars

To help you get off to the best start possible, we have developed a comprehensive First-Year Academic Advising Program that will place you in a first-year advising group for fall term. Our advising classes are introductory and designed for any well-prepared entering student. Because they cover a wide range of topics, you should be able to find one that particularly interests you.

As you begin your work on the college's core requirements, you will also be enrolling in the first of two first-year seminars. In the Seminar in Scholarly Inquiry I (SSI-1), students engage challenging texts and ideas through guided inquiry led by the faculty member. Students begin to develop the academic abilities of reading, writing, and oral argument necessary to enter into academic conversations.These seminars will be offered in a variety of disciplines addressing a variety of topics. Both seminars are limited in size to give you and your classmates the chance to be fully engaged in classroom dialogue. Upon successful completion of your SSI-1 you will take SSI-2 in the spring.

Advising Placement Questionnaire
Before we can place you in the most appropriate advising group and first-year seminar, we need to know your preferences. The FAQ and First-Year Advising pages address common advising questions and will help you explore and preview your options. The Preference Questionnaire is another tool to help you plan, and are available on your myPugetSound account. From your To Do List items on myPugetSound, click on “Advising Placement Questions” to complete the questionnaire and indicate your advising class and seminar preferences. As Puget Sound's course offerings are updated periodically, the most current information on course offerings can be found on myPugetSound through "Search for Classes." Please be aware that preferred advising classes and first-year seminars will fill rapidly, so we recommend that your respond promptly. Please read the FAQ section of the main academic advising Web site before completing your questionnaire.

Mathematics Placement Test
Finally, in order to assist you in selecting an appropriate course to meet Puget Sound's Mathematical Approaches core requirement -- especially those students interested in studying business, economics, engineering, exercise science, math, any of the natural sciences, or psychology, or those students who have an interest in health professions (doctor, dentist, PT, OT, PA, etc.) -- we ask that you complete the MPT before completing the Advising Placement Questionnaire. The test is posted to your To Do List items on your myPugetSound account after you've made your Advance Tuition Payment. Instructions for completing the test are included there, as well. We encourage you to take the test as soon as possible.

If you have questions about your myPugetSound account, please contact Luanne Meyer by e-mail at lmeyer@pugetsound.edu.


Transfer Students - Advising & Registration

For all entering transfer students with college experience and credit, we offer a streamlined pathway to an academic advising assignment and registration for fall classes. 

Advisor Assignment
When you applied for admission, you gave us some indication of your intended academic major (if you have chosen one). We will assign you a faculty advisor in the department of your intended major (often the chair) if you have chosen one; if you are undecided, we will assign you an advisor in the Office of Academic Advising. You will receive a letter soon after you have submitted your advanced tuition payment naming your academic advisor and giving you contact information for him or her. 

Registration

You and your academic advisor may meet either in person or over the telephone to complete your first registration for classes at Puget Sound. You and your advisor will discuss the academic credit you are bringing with you, how that credit applies to Puget Sound core and major requirements, and decide on a fall class schedule. Once you and your advisor have settled on an appropriate schedule for fall, he or she will remove your registration hold which will allow you to use myPugetSound to register for your classes.

If you have questions about your myPugetSound account, please contact Luanne Meyer by e-mail at lmeyer@pugetsound.edu.