Mandatory Academic Advising Appointments

We highly recommend you reach out to your Academic and Career Planning Specialist (advisor) or assigned faculty member, no matter your class standing, prior to scheduling your classes – but if you are a first-time new student this semester at BGSU, you will be REQUIRED to meet with your Academic and Career Planning Specialist prior to registering your classes. If you attempt to register for classes prior to meeting this requirement, you will see a hold on your account. 

It is also important for you to know that you are responsible for scheduling your classes. Meeting with an advisor does not mean your classes have been scheduled. Your advisor will go over any questions you have, your class options and help you understand what courses are required for graduation, but they will not schedule your classes for you. Please review the information listed below to learn more about advising and to book your appointment.

Am I required to meet with my advisor before registering for classes?

It is highly recommend that you connect with your Academic and Career Planning Specialist or assigned faculty member before you register each semester – but the only students who will have a registration hold on their account until a meeting has taken place are new, first-time BGSU students.


  • First-time new BGSU students this semester. After you have completed a semester, the requirement will be lifted.

Not Required:

  • New transfer students
  • CCP Students
  • All retruning students 

Why are new, first-time BGSU students required to meet with an advisor?

The mandatory academic advising requirement is designed to help you establish a meaningful, working relationship with your Academic and Career Planning Specialist; who will help you become familiar with policies, procedures and degree programs and requirements early in your academic journey at BGSU.

The more informed you are, the more likely you will make good decisions about appropriate course loads and course selections.

Preparing for Class Registration

It is important for you to understand what is expected of you during the class registration process so you are able to select the best possible classes for you each semester. To learn more, visit the Registration Checklist webpage.

Review the Registration Checklist