First Year Advising Cohorts

Making the transition to college level academics is an exciting challenge for first year students.

Faculty academic advisors are a critical resource for helping students make this transition.  At Saint Mary's, first year students are assigned an academic advisor by enrolling in a First Year Academic Cohort (FYAC).  FYACs meet during both the fall and spring semesters and students earn a quarter credit (.25) for successfully completing the class.

FYAC instructors are different from Success Coaches in that instructors focus on supporting first year students academically and providing a resources for class registration and other academic processes.