Freshmen

Freshmen Advising - Newly Admitted and Continuing Freshmen


Newly Admitted Frosh

  • Attend a mandatory First Time Frosh Orientation. You will meet with a GE advisor at this orientation and you will learn how to pick out and register for courses. Prepare to meet with an advisor.
  • Keep updated with your messages on your MySJSU account.
  • Consider taking a First Year Experience (FYE) course such as EDCO 4 or Science 2, to help get oriented to SJSU and college life.
  • Check out first year experience resources on campus.
  • If you have been placed in remedial Math and English courses, keep in mind that you must pass these courses to get to college level Math and English by your second year. For more information about Remediation at SJSU, please see the Remediation and the One Year Rule webpage and the Remediation Policy website. All questions and inquiries about Remediation go to Susan McClory, EO665 Coordinator.
  • Attend Student Success Programs on campus to aid in your success as a SJSU student. Topics include: Time Management, Note Taking, Major/Career Exploration, Alcohol & Drugs, Money Management, Healthy Living, Stress, Test Taking, and more!
  • Attend a Registration Readiness Workshop given by Academic Advising & Retention Services to obtain help registering for your next semester.
  • If you have declared a major, set up an appointment with a Major Advisor to see which courses you should take for your major. If you still have your worksheet from orientation, be sure to look at the classes suggested for second semester. Make sure you prepare for your advising appointment.
  • Get involved with an organization on campus. It's a great way to meet fellow students and to keep sane during the stresses of college life!
  • Make your way around the campus to get acclimated to the campus culture and to find and utilize the resources available to you as a student.
  • If it is a spring semester, attend spring Career Fairs to search for summer jobs and internships to gain valuable skills for future classwork and jobs.
  • Check out the glossary to learn more about terms you may be unfamiliar with on the SJSU campus.
  • Use the catalog, Department Roadmaps, and your Degree Progress Audit to check where you are and which requirements remain at least once a semester.
  • Become familiar with Undergraduate Graduation Requirements.

Second Semester Frosh

  • See an Academic Advisor to make sure you are on track. Be sure to prepare for your advising appointment.
  • If you have been taking remedial Math and English courses, be sure to pass these courses at the end of this semester so you can enroll in college level Math and English next semester. For more information about Remediation at SJSU, please see the Remediation and the One Year Rule webpage and the Remediation Policy website. All questions and inquiries about Remediation go to Susan McClory, EO665 Coordinator.
  • Check out first year experience resources on campus.
  • Start thinking about which major and/or minor you have interest in. Take a trip to the Career Center to get help choosing a major and finding a job on or off campus.
  • If you have declared a major, set up an appointment with a Major Advisor to see which courses you should take for your major. Make sure you prepare for your advising appointment.
  • Take the Writing Skills Test (WST) after completing ENGL 1B so that you are able to enroll in upper division GE courses, also known as SJSU Studies.
  • Get involved with an organization on campus. It's a great way to meet fellow students and to stay sane during the stresses of college life!
  • Research major/minor requirements for each major you are considering, as well as occupations that the major could lead to.
  • Visit the Study Abroad office to learn about options to globalize your learning while completing required classes in GE or your major.
  • Consider participating in Community/Service Learning through San Jose State to develop social responsibility and give back to our community.
  • If it is a spring semester, attend spring Career Fairs to search for summer jobs and internships to gain valuable skills for future classwork and jobs.
  • Use the catalog, Department Roadmaps, and your Degree Progress Audit to check where you are and which requirements remain at least once a semester.
  • Become familiar with Undergraduate Graduation Requirements.