OARS: FIRST SEMESTER ONLINE COURSE ADVISING

The Freshmen Online Advising & Resource System (OARS) is now OPEN for incoming students with 0-30 credits for Summer & Fall 2015. 

   

ONLINE COURSE ADVISING VIA OARS

Everything you need to navigate the online advising process is located below. While you might be tempted to jump right in and begin selecting your courses, you are strongly encouraged to read and follow all instructions before you begin any part of the advising process.
 
"OARS" is a self-directed system. You may be a little nervous about choosing classes on your own, but DON'T WORRY! Help is always just a phone call or mouse click away, and the instructions are very user-friendly. When you log in to select your courses, you will find:
  • A brief description of the course when you click on the subject.
  • A sample class schedule for your major.

It takes three (3) to five (5) business days to process your submitted OARS form. After three to five business days, log back into OARS to review your advisor's comments. If your holds are cleared and your course selections are in sync with your advisors, you can log into MyFAU to register for classes. That's all there is to it!

  • If you have questions along the way, there are tutorials in PDF and Video formats available to you, or you can contact us at advisingservices@fau.edu or by telephone at (561) 297-3064.

REMEMBER: Participation in the OARS process DOES NOT exempt you from attending the university's MANDATORY Orientation program.

 

REGISTRATION VIA MYFAU  

Once you complete Step 1 and receive course approval (though OARS) go to Step 2.
 
Remember: Check your MyFAU email to view updates regarding the status of your OARS form. Also, Course Registration is through MyFAU, not OARS.
 
WHILE YOU ARE WAITING FOR YOUR OARS TO BE APPROVED
After you SUBMIT your Online Course Advising (OARS) form, and prior to your OARS form being processed by an academic advisor, you can:
  1. Check and remove your HOLDS (click here)
  2. View/Download Course Search and Registration Information (click here)

Please Remember: Course registration in MyFAU requires an approved OARS form. You must register for classes before attending Orientation. 

TOOLS & INSTRUCTIONS NEEDED TO COMPLETE OARS  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
  • ADVISING COMPACT  • University Advising Services Compact: Advisors and Advisees Role and Responsibilities
  • THE ONLINE ADVISING PROCESS  • Gives you a Step-by-Step outline of the process i.e., takes you from Advising to Course Registration
  • STUDENT CHECKLIST  • Everything you need to do before you start classes
  • HOW DO I? • How to find additional information you may need i.e., Housing, Orientation, Financial Aid etc...
  • FAQSFrequently Asked Questions about Online Advising 
  • MUSIC MAJORS • Advising and Registration information for MUSIC majors

ACADEMIC ADVISING

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

Is OARS the same as Registration?
  • OARS is NOT registration. OARS is Academic ADVISING and Course Selection.

Do I have to wait until Orientation to do OARS?

  • Nope. You can and should complete OARS before you attend Orientation.

Do I have to complete ALEKS before completing OARS?

  • Taking ALEKS before you complete OARS is not mandatory, but is strongly recommended. If you take ALEKS after you complete OARS, contact the academic advisor who approved your OARS form with your ALEKS score so they can advise you accordingly.

I would like to change my major. How do I do that?

  • If you would like to change your major and you have NOT yet registered for courses, you will be able to change your major in OARS. Just select the major you would like to pursue from the dropdown menu. Your advisor will let you know if the major you selected is not an option for some reason. If you would like to change your major and you have ALREADY registered for courses, you will need to meet with an advisor to complete a Change of Major form.

How do I register for classes?

  • If you are an incoming freshman, you must first complete OARS, your online advising (click here). Once your OARS form is approved, your freshman advising hold (the UN hold) will be removed and you will be eligible to register (once all your other holds are removed as well). You will register for classes by logging into MyFAU (https://myfau.fau.edu). A Registration Video Tutorial is available on the University Advising Services homepage. http://www.fau.edu/uas/registration.php

What do I do if I change my major after submitting my OARS form?

  • Contact your the academic advisor who approved your OARS form. They will help you make the necessary changes.

I don't know what classes to choose on OARS, help!

  • If you have reservations about choosing your classes, simply follow the sample schedule provided in OARS, choosing courses from the recommended categories. When you submit your proposed classes an academic advisor will review your course selections, approve them and/or make recommendations for changes or alternate classes.

I would like to resubmit my OARS form. How do I do that?

  • You will need to contact University Advising Services so they can reset your OARS form. 561-297-3064.

Who is my Academic Advisor?

  • You will be assigned an academic advisor when your OARS is submitted. His/Her name, email, and picture will appear on your OARS from once you log back in.
ONLINE ADVISING VIDEO TUTORIALS AND INSTRUCTIONS
Video Tutorials and Instructions are available in Adobe Flash Player*,  PDF, and are iphone, ipad, and Android accessible.  Tutorials and instructions are available in alternate formats upon request. 

FALL INSTRUCTIONS

SUMMER INSTRUCTIONS

JUMP START INSTRUCTIONS

SPRING INSTRUCTIONS

  • PDF  
  • Video 
  • Video  Closed Captions (Flash Player Required) 
 
Have you viewed/downloaded the OARS Instructions yet? If not, don't forget to do so before you log into OARS! The Online Advising & Resource System (OARS) is now OPEN for Summer & Fall 2015. 

OARS Login



 Last Modified 3/27/15