First-Year Advising

Building the Foundation for Success

The start of any venture is full of unknowns—and college is no exception. New students are rightfully concerned with getting into the correct classes, fitting in socially, managing time effectively and navigating a new system.

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One-on-One Support Starts Here

At the University of Saint Francis, you’ll be personally supported throughout your entire college journey, starting with our specialized team of first-year advisors.

How It Works

Year One

If you’re a first-year student or a transfer student with fewer than 30 credits, you’ll be guided by a first-year advisor who will help you:

  • Enroll in classes – You’ll meet your first-year advisor and register for classes at New Student Orientation.
  • Plan a timely career path Your advisor will help you plan and maintain a timeline for degree completion, keeping your education as affordable as possible.
  • Acclimate to the campus community – You’ll develop an understanding of our Catholic identity and Franciscan values through general education courses that teach respect, service, peace and justice. You’ll also be connected to an array of campus activities and service opportunities.
  • Build a network of support – Your advisor will help you develop an on-campus support network and will connect you to the resources you need to succeed.

Year Two

As you start to focus more on your major field of study, you will transition to a faculty advisor who will be with you through graduation. Faculty advisors are professionals with extensive experience in their respective fields. They focus on academic success and career opportunities, connecting students to professionals in the community, internships and jobs.

Note: Students enrolled in associate degree Allied Healthcare programs (Advanced Medical Imaging, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing ASN, Nursing LPN-to-ASN, Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology and Respiratory Therapy) will be advised by program faculty starting with year one.

First-Year Advisors

Melissa Layton

Director of Academic Advising


Phone: 260-399-8065

Pope John Paul II Center
Suite 207

Monday – Friday:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.