Advising FAQs

What You Need To Know

Who is my academic advisor?

Students can confirm their academic advisor assignment by following the instructions below. Students can also contact the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising should they find themselves unsuccessful in locating their academic advisor’s information on GriffinNet.

To confirm advisor information:

Log into GriffinNet.
Click on the “My Grades” tab on the left column of the page.
Select any grade option in the drop-down menu.
View advisor assignment on right side of page.

Which students are advised in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising?

The advising office specifically works with the College of Arts and Sciences students who have not yet transitioned to department advising and students that are undecided. However, we can assist all undergraduate students with general academic concerns.

Why is advising important?

Advisors help students to consider all options and decisions regarding their short and long term academic plans and goals. Advisors also serve as  general resources in helping students to navigate the varying aspects of Fontbonne and assist the student in building connections within the University.  In addition to offering advice and information, advisors also clear students for course registration.

What is Pre-Registration?

Though academic advising may happen during this time,  Pre-Registration (formerly know known as Advising Week) takes place a week before early registration. Some advisors may begin advising earlier but students will have an opportunity to connect with their advisor during this time to discuss course registration for the next semester. Check the Academic Calendar for specific Pre-Registration dates.

What majors does Fontbonne offer?

Click here to view the various academic programs offered at Fontbonne.

What if I still have not decided on a major?

You should consider a number of questions, including what your skills and interests are, what your future plans may be, and what areas of study you tend to do well in. Talk with your advisor, the Career Development office, instructors of your courses, and professors in the departments that may interest you. The advising office advisors are happy to meet with any student who has questions or needs help considering this decision.

What is my Fontbonne transcript and where can I find it?

Your Fontbonne transcript is an academic record of all coursework in which you have earned credit either through courses taken at Fontbonne or alternative credit (AP, transfer, dual, etc…). This record also shows your semester and cumulative grade point averages (GPA), the semesters in which you took your coursework, and the credit hours you have earned. You can view your Fontbonne transcript on GriffinNet.

When can I register for classes?

Web Registration opens for students based on the class status a student has achieved with the number of credit hours earned. Web registration opens at 9:00 a.m.on the student’s official registration date. Students with senior status or 90 or more credit hours are the first to register for courses. View the Registrar’s Office web page for specific registration dates.

The week Web Registration opens the schedule will be as follows:

Tuesday- Senior: 90 or more credit hours earned.
Wedneday- Junior: 60-89 credit hours earned.
Thursday- Sophomore: 30-59 credit hours earned.
Friday- First-year: Fewer than 30 credit hours earned.

What is a registration hold?

A student may receive registration hold(s) preventing them from registering for courses. These holds are placed on the students accounts when important transactions or documentation such as financial, fines, TB screening, Consent & Respect survey, and failing to meet for First-year Career Foundation meetings have not been completed. Students should contact the source initiating the hold(s) to determine steps needed for removal.

I have a registration hold on my account. Can I still meet with my advisor?

Yes!!! Students should still meet with their academic advisor to confirm their course schedule and registration for the next term. By doing so, students can register immediately upon removal of the hold(s) thus keeping their registration timely.

What if the course I want to register for is full?

If the course is full, you will not be able to register for it. Some courses are set up with wait lists but not all. You can log into GriffinNet under the registration link to add yourself to the waitlist if that option is available. The Registrar’s Office will contact you through your Fontbonne email if you are permitted into the course. If you are still unable to get into the course, then contact your academic advisor to discuss your options.

I’ve decided to drop a class. How much money will be refunded to me?

You will want to contact the Business Office for all refund information. The Business Office is located in Ryan Hall, 215 via phone at 314-889-1405.

What type of financial aid does Fontbonne offer?

Fontbonne University offers a variety of financial assistance programs, including need-based grants, student employment, low-interest loans, merit and talent scholarships, and alternative payment plans. The Student Services Office (formerly Financial Aid) is located in Ryan Hall, 209. You can reach the office at 314-889-1414 to schedule an appointment and discuss your specific financial aid package and needs.

How many credit hours are considered full-time?

The university considers twelve credit hours per semester to be full-time.  Dropping below full-time status may affect insurance, financial aid, housing, and athletics.

I’ve decided not to return to Fonbonne what should I do?

Unfortunately, circumstances happen and may require you to take time away from Fontbonne. If so, connect with your academic advisor first to discuss your options! Fontbonne offers a Leave of Absence for students needing to leave temporarily but planning to return to Fontbonne after one or two semesters.

However, if you are positive you will not return to Fontbonne, you can begin completing the Withdrawal Process.

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