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Student speaks with faculty member

New Student Advising

We’re here to guide you in your new journey.

As an enrolled first-year or transfer student, you’ll get close advising from a faculty member in your intended major even before you come to campus. Your advisor will assist with your class schedule. Be sure to activate your LVC email account, as they will use that account to reach you.

Schedule of Events

Download Student Schedule (PDF)

 

10–10:30 a.m. | Mund Lobby

Check-in for all new students

 

10:30–10:50 a.m. | Chapel Sanctuary

Overview of day

 

11–11:50 a.m.

  • Green group: Meet your advisor & schedule courses (Various locations)
  • Red group: Lunch with your family and friends (Mund College Center)
  • Yellow group: Activity: Get to Know Your Fellow Dutchmen! (Meet in the Mund Living Room [outside of cafeteria])

 

12–12:50 p.m.

  • Green group: Activity: Get to Know Your Fellow Dutchmen! (Meet in the Mund Living Room [outside of cafeteria])
  • Red group: Meet your advisor & schedule courses (Various locations)
  • Yellow group: Lunch with your family and friends (Mund College Center)

 

1–1:50 p.m.

  • Green group: Lunch with your family and friends (Mund College Center)
  • Red group: Activity: Get to Know Your Fellow Dutchmen! (Meet in the Mund Living Room [outside of cafeteria])
  • Yellow group: Meet your advisor & schedule courses (Various locations)

 

2–2:20 p.m. | Chapel Sanctuary

Closing Remarks & Raffle

Download Family Schedule (PDF)

 

10–10:30 a.m. | Mund Lobby

Check-in for all new students

 

10:30–10:50 a.m. | Chapel Sanctuary

Overview of day

 

11–11:50 a.m.

Green group (Leedy Theater, Mund College Center)
Connecting with Campus Resources: Meet with staff from Financial Aid, Business Office, Residential Life, and Public Safety. Q&A sessions will follow each presentation.

Red group (Mund College Center)
Lunch with your student. If you finish early, drop-in and visit one of the offices below, both located in the lower-level of Mund. Staff will be present to provide an overview of services and answer any questions.

  • The Breen Center for Career and Professional Development: Learn about our services and resources aimed to help students explore different majors/careers and develop the skills needed for success during and after their college journey.
  • The Center for Accessibility Resources: If your student has an IEP or 504 plan or has a diagnosed disability that may require additional academic support, meet with the director to discuss accommodations at the college-level.

Yellow group (Chapel Sanctuary)
Presentation: “Developing A Game Plan: Supporting Your Student During Their First Year at LVC”
Various LVC employees and fellow parents share their professional and personal experiences to help you and your student start their LVC journey on strong footing. Topics include communication, normalizing failure, time management, accountability, making connections, and more.

 

12–12:50 p.m.

Green group(Chapel Sanctuary)
Presentation: “Developing A Game Plan: Supporting Your Student During Their First Year at LVC”
Various LVC employees and fellow parents share their professional and personal experiences to help you and your student start their LVC journey on strong footing. Topics include communication, normalizing failure, time management, accountability, making connections, and more.

Red group (Leedy Theater, Mund College Center)
Connecting with Campus Resources: Meet with staff from Financial Aid, Business Office, Residential Life, and Public Safety. Q&A sessions will follow each presentation.

Yellow group (Mund College Center)
Lunch with your student. If you finish early, drop-in and visit one of the offices below, both located in the lower-level of Mund. Staff will be present to provide an overview of services and answer any questions.

  • The Breen Center for Career and Professional Development: Learn about our services and resources aimed to help students explore different majors/careers and develop the skills needed for success during and after their college journey.
  • The Center for Accessibility Resources: If your student has an IEP or 504 plan or has a diagnosed disability that may require additional academic support, meet with the director to discuss accommodations at the college-level.

 

1–1:50 p.m.

Green group (Mund College Center)
Lunch with your student. If you finish early, drop-in and visit one of the offices below, both located in the lower-level of Mund. Staff will be present to provide an overview of services and answer any questions.

  • The Breen Center for Career and Professional Development: Learn about our services and resources aimed to help students explore different majors/careers and develop the skills needed for success during and after their college journey.
  • The Center for Accessibility Resources: If your student has an IEP or 504 plan or has a diagnosed disability that may require additional academic support, meet with the director to discuss accommodations at the college-level.

Red group (Chapel Sanctuary)
Presentation: “Developing A Game Plan: Supporting Your Student During Their First Year at LVC”
Various LVC employees and fellow parents share their professional and personal experiences to help you and your student start their LVC journey on strong footing. Topics include communication, normalizing failure, time management, accountability, making connections, and more.

Yellow group (Leedy Theater, Mund College Center)
Connecting with Campus Resources: Meet with staff from Financial Aid, Business Office, Residential Life, and Public Safety. Q&A sessions will follow each presentation.

 

2–2:20 p.m. | Chapel Sanctuary

Closing Remarks & Raffle

Preparing For Your Advising Session

Completing the following steps will help ensure you are prepared for your advising session.

1.Take a short online language placement survey. Completing the language placement survey helps you and your advisor plan your coursework. Access the survey in your and complete it before New Student Advising Day.

2.Set up your LVC email account.You can find your login information for your LVC account in your under the Enrollment Forms link, or if you just deposited, within a few days from your enrollment date. If you experience any issues, visit our Information Ƶ websiteor emailsolutions@lvc.edu. All official college emails related to advising and enrollment will come to your LVC account, so you should check it regularly.

3.If required…complete math placement testing. Only students whose majors require or who wish to take a calculus course have to take the math placement test. If applicable, a link to this test will appear in your application portal.

4. Choose a First-Year Experience (FYE) Course. Most new students must complete two FYE courses during their first academic year. This small, seminar-style course develops writing and critical reading skills, and the one-credit companion course assists students with the academic and emotional transition to college. Each FYE course is centered around a specific topic such as The American Dream, Social Justice, Film and Society, Sports Journalism, and more. Descriptions of the courses for Fall 2024 can be found here. You will use the selection form in your LVC application portal (under the Forms/Info) to rank your top five FYE preferences.

 

What to Expect During Your Advising Session

1.Get to know your advisor.Your advisor will play a significant role in your academic life. It is their responsibility to support and guide your success from the time you arrive until you cross the stage at graduation. They are experienced professionals in their field, but they are also mentors who care about your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about internships, advice for succeeding academically, what you should be doing to prepare for the semester, or where they like to eat in the area. You want to cultivate this relationship throughout your college career!

2.Tell them information about yourself.Are you playing a sport? What was your favorite subject in high school? What are you most nervous about for college? Your advisor can help you make the smartest decisions for your future ONLY if they know the whole story.

3. With your advisor, you will complete the following:

  • Declare your major and minor, if applicable: if you are undecided, choose our exploratory major.
  • Schedule major courses, or if you’re an Exploratory major, schedule a variety of courses based on interests.You can (select “Course Catalog”).
  • Choose several alternate courses in case the chosen courses are full.

Our Registrar’s Office goes through each student’s course selection individually, working diligently to try and get students their top course choices. These hand-crafted schedules are just one example of how we consider and value each and every student. Course registrations for fall will be processed throughout the summer and will be available in mid-August. You will be able to see your final schedule in AccessLVC; students will be notified once course schedules are released.

FYE 2024 Common Connection book and film options: World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Lady Bird.

Common Connection: Resilience

At LVC, we want to encourage students to build skills and attitudes to support their lifelong academic, social, and emotional success. To cultivate a common connection among the incoming class and to generate discussions on the theme of resilience, LVC offers two selections.

Read

by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

(A limited number of free print copies will be available at NSAD, or using your LVC credentials.)

Watch

( using your LVC credentials.)

FAQs

We’d love to see you in-person, but we understand this is a busy time of year for high school seniors! If you can’t attend NSAD, please notify Admissions (admission@lvc.edu) to let them know. Your advisor will contact you via your LVC email to schedule an advising appointment in May or June. This meeting is typically done virtually, but in-person is possible if both parties are able and arrange to do so. You and your advisor will collaboratively map out your courses for the Fall 2024 semester. Please make sure you complete all relevant placement tests before your advising appointment.

No. Students and advisors only plan their courses during NSAD. Student schedules are not finalized until mid-August. Our hardworking folks in the Registrar Office go through each schedule individually to ensure that students have a spot in courses required for their program of study.

That depends on your major, but LVC students must complete at least 120 total credits to earn a degree: over a four-year period, that’s exactly 15 credits per semester. This is important to remember in terms of degree pace! Certain majors will carry more credits per semester due to major and/or accreditation requirements. If you are a full-time, first-year student, you’ll need a minimum of 12 credits, and most will have 15-17 credits.

Schedules are released within the first week of August. Look out for a message to your LVC email address around this time. While this may seem late, there is a lot going on behind-the-scenes: our staff works diligently to match FYE course preferences and place students into gateway courses vital for their major.

While we make every effort to provide students with the schedule they requested, you may be registered for a different section (day/time) or for an alternate course, either based on alternate courses you discussed with your advisor (if provided) or for a different course that satisfies the same requirement.

If you need to make changes to your schedule, you will have an opportunity to do so during orientation in August, when there will be time devoted to advising and registration.

You’ll only be able to plan a partial schedule. Your academic advisor needs these test results in order to place you in an FYE of your choice, a math class that best suits your ability (if calculus or analysis is required for your major), and/or a language class that aligns with your experience. If you arrive at NSAD without completing your language placement test, please visit CASEM in the lower-level of Mund, and a staff member will guide you through the short assessment. The math placement test will need to be done on your own to allow enough time for completion.

Accommodations exist on the college level, but they are pretty different than high school accommodations. If you have a diagnosed disability, you should register with the Center for Accessibility Resources, where our director will meet with you one-on-one to establish appropriate and relevant academic accommodations. Common accommodations include extended test time in our testing center, note-takers, closed captioning, recorded lectures, priority registration, and foreign language waivers/substitutions. We also offer short-term accommodation for temporary illnesses or injuries (concussion, broken bone, surgery, etc.).

AP and IB scores aren’t generally released until July, If you haven’t already, please ensure LVC is listed as a recipient of your AP scores. Once we receive the scores, we will apply credit according to our APor IB policies and may adjust your fall course schedule as a result.

For dual-enrollment students or those who took courses at another institution, you must contact that institution to request that an official transcript, with your final grade(s), be sent to the AdmissionsOffice at LVC (admission@lvc.edu). Transcripts can typically be requested online from the institution; unofficial transcripts sent directly to you/screenshots will not be accepted. The Registrar’s Office at LVC will determine whether credits are transferable to LVC. At minimum, students must earn a C-or better in any transferrable course, and the coursework must be equivalent to or consistent with LVC curricula and standards. Transferred courses count for credit hours only—they are not factored into a student’s grade point average.

The more information your advisor has, the better they can advise you! Consider sharing any and all of the following, if applicable:

  • Student athletes: ask your coach for your practice and/or game schedule to avoid conflicts where necessary. Of course, not all conflicts can be avoided, but if you are an athlete, you must maintain full-time status (12 credits) during any given semester in order to maintain eligibility.
  • Commuters: keep in mind your commuting time, and consider whether you want time between classes. Again, some classes won’t have as much flexibility as others depending on available space.
  • Jobs: let your advisor know how many hours you anticipate working each week, and if there are any days/times that are particularly busy for you. Be prepared to adjust your work schedule if you are a full-time student: plenty of LVC students have off-campus (and on-campus) jobs, but working 20 hours a week and attending school full-time often presents significant struggles.
  • AP/IB/dual-enrollment/transfer credits: any anticipated transfer credits should be factored into the course scheduling process. Even if the transfer isn’t finalized yet, if you know you meet the requirements to transfer a certain course in, keep that in mind when scheduling for the fall semester and ensure you identify alternate courses.
  • Accommodations: if you had an IEP or 504 in high school, or if a certain subject area might present a specific difficulty based on a learning difference, work with your advisor (and the Center for Accessibility Resources) to figure out a reasonable schedule that works with your learning style. Certain academic accommodations are also available, based on your diagnosis. In order to receive these accommodations, you must register with LVC’s Center for Accessibility Resources.
  • Potential minors: minors are a good way to demonstrate an interest in a subject other than your major and allow you to develop valuable skills and experiences for a future career. Most minors at LVC only require 6-8 classes; some majors would even allow you to declare multiple minors.

Before You Arrive

Before New Student Advising Day, please complete your Language Placement Test and set up your LVC email account.