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When you participate in academic advising, you are more likely to have the information needed to make well-informed decisions about your curriculum requirements, your majors, and your career choice. You will also be more aware of the resources available to assist you in being successful.

All entering freshmen or transfer students with less than 60 credits must fulfill the university's Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP) requirements as part of their pursuit of the baccalaureate degree. While the IFP courses do not necessarily relate to the major, they do provide a foundation of knowledge that all well-educated students should possess. The IFP is comprised of a total of 36 credit hours.

  • 6 hours of Foundations of Written Communication
  • 6 hours of Foundations of Society & Human Behavior
  • 6 hours of Foundations of Science & the Natural World
  • 6 hours of Foundations of Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning
  • 6 hours of Foundations in Global Citizenship
  • 6 hours of Foundations of Humanities

For more information, consult University Advising Services or the FAU undergraduate catalog.

Entering freshmen will be advised through EZ Advising, the online advising system. As part of the EZ Advising process, once a student submits the EZ Advising form and receives approval for courses, the UN hold will be moved forward. Students will need to meet with their Academic Advisor to have the UN hold removed again prior to registering for their next semester. If you have questions about how the process works, contact University Advising Services at (561) 297-3064 or advisingservices@fau.edu.
This rule requires students entering college or university study for the first time after October 15, 1982, to complete, with grades of “C” or higher, 12 semester hours of writing and 6 semester hours of mathematics as a requirement for admission to the upper division. The 12 semester hours of writing must be completed with 4 Writing Across the Curriculum courses. Following is a list of IFP courses that satisfy the Gordon Rule Writing requirement: ANT 2000, ENC1101, ENC1102, ENC 1939, HIS 2050, LIT2010, LIT2030, LIT2040, LIT2070, PHI2010, and WOH2012.
If you are an incoming freshman, you must first complete EZ Advising, your online advising by getting OwlDone. Once your EZ Advising form is approved, your freshman advising hold (the UN hold) will be moved forward 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. A Registration Video Tutorial is available on the University Advising Services homepage. http://www.fau.edu/uas/registration.php
Glad you asked. Our office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. We are located on the Boca Raton campus in the Student Support Services building on the second floor in room 201. Our telephone number is (561) 297-3064 or you can send a question via e-mail to advisingservices@fau.edu.
You log into EZ Advising through your Owldone portal. If you are unable to log into EZ Advising even after you have paid your Tuition Deposit, please submit a ticket to the OIT help desk and the error will be resolved in a timely manner. Be sure to click Submit a Ticket and login in with your FAUNet ID credentials. SUBMIT A TICKET.   
No, EZ Advising is not registration. EZ Advising is Academic ADVISING and Course Selection. Once you have been advised and all of your holds are removed, you will REGISTER through your MyFAU account.
No, you should not wait.  We recommend that you complete EZ Advising and register for classes via your MyFAU account before coming to orientation. 
If you are an incoming Freshman or Transfer student with 30 or less credits and would like to change your major and you have NOT yet registered for courses, you will be able to change your major in EZ Advising. Just select the major you would like to pursue from the drop-down 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.
  • First-year students will automatically be directed to EZ Advising through their Owldone portal.

  • Transfer students with 30 or more credits and Second Bachelor's students do not complete EZ Advising. You will be advised through the college of your intended major. Also, you will meet with an advisor at Orientation. http://fau.edu/studentresources/ 

  • First-year students with 60 or more credits will also complete EZ Advising but may also be advised through the college of their intended major. Attendance at Freshman Orientation is required. Please contact University Advising Services (advisingservices@fau.edu) if you have questions about the completion of your Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP).
  • You will be assigned an advisor once your EZ Advising form has been submitted. This is the advisor who will answer your questions and work with you to get registered for classes!

  • Transfer students with 30 or more credits and Second Bachelor's students do not complete EZ Advising. You will be advised through the college of your intended major and your advisor will be from that college.

  • First-year students with 60 or more credits may also be referred to the college of their intended major for advising. Please contact University Advising Services (advisingservices@fau.edu) if you have questions about the completion of your Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP).
Speak to an advisor. Advisors have a lot of information on study skills and techniques, academic tools and campus resources that can help you get through the “rough patches”.
Undergraduate students who fail to earn a satisfactory grade point average (2.0 or higher) on all work attempted in any term are considered to be on academic probation. Students on academic probation who fail to earn a 2.0 grade point average on all work attempted in any term but have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher at FAU will be continued on academic probation. Students on academic probation who earn a 2.0 grade point average or higher in the next period of enrollment but whose cumulative grade point average at FAU is lower than 2.0 will be continued on academic probation. Undergraduates on academic probation should seek assistance from their academic advisors in improving their academic performance.