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Advising

Stay on top of your studies and keep on course, academically and in life.

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St. Thomas provides many advising resources to help students stay on track. The undergraduate business student services staff in 128 McNeely provide: 

  • information about the business majors and concentrations
  • help with scheduling, registration and graduation issues
  • facilitation of relationships among faculty, students and the broader community.

For pre-registration advising, students meet with their faculty advisor each semester. A student's faculty advisor is listed in Murphy Online under Student Services - Student Records - View Student Information. Faculty contact information can be found in our directory.

Faculty advisors will:

  • help you plan your courses for the next semester
  • discuss career goals
  • connect you to resources.

Academic Counseling is also available for student advising. Academic Counselors can assist you with putting together four-year plans for intended or potential majors.

In addition to these resources, we have put together key advising suggestions and milestones below for each academic year.

First Year Students: Establishing Yourself for Success

  • Visit the Career Development Center, an invaluable resource, even at this early stage of your business exploration. They offer assessments, workshops on résumé writing, and help with choosing a major.
  • Join an undergraduate business student club. They are great for exploring career possibilities and meeting both Twin Cities professionals and current students.
  • Create a résumé! You are probably thinking about a summer job and a well-written résumé is going to be an important part of your search.
  • Stay in touch with your family! Your parents, brothers and sisters are interested in what you are doing and how you are doing, and when they don't hear from you, sometimes they worry. 

Sophomores: Narrowing Options and Getting Involved

  • Complete the following courses: ACCT 210, ACCT 215, MGMT 305, MATH, ECON 251 and 252, QMCS 220, and REAL 200 or ENTR 200 if you are considering Real Estate or Entrepreneurship as your concentration. You also may begin BUSN200 Community Service.
  • Discuss majors and career options with your faculty advisor, the Career Development Center, Academic Counseling, and the administration and staff of the undergraduate business programs. Begin narrowing your interest areas, and start to research opportunities in each.
  • Lay out an academic plan for the sequence of courses needed to complete each of the majors you are considering-planning worksheets are available online. Academic Counseling can help you complete a four-year plan.
  • As soon as you have completed 48 credits you will be able to officially file your major card. Come to 128 McNeely Hall–Student Services to submit your card.
  • Visit with the International Education staff to learn about study abroad opportunities for business majors.
  • Actively participate in an undergraduate business student club. Leadership here is a résumé builder (keep that résumé updated) and helps you network with Twin Cities professionals and find internships.
  • Begin your search for a summer job in a career area you are interested in exploring. Work with the Career Development Center to find out about opportunities.

Juniors: Getting Down to Business

  • See your faculty advisor once a semester to make sure your intended sequence of courses will keep you on track to graduate—and to discuss your career research, internship ideas and career possibilities.
  • Maintain or improve your GPA. Work with your professors, faculty advisor, and Academic Counseling.
  • Take advantage of workshops at the Career Development Center focusing on updating your résumé, preparing cover letters, participate in mock interviews, networking, and developing internships. Interview alumni for insight into their career and company.
  • Make a decision about studying abroad.
  • Select faculty with whom you have developed a relationship to see if you can use them as a reference. Meet with them regularly during the year so that they really get to know you.
  • Stay active in your undergraduate business club.

Seniors: Transforming into a Professional

  • Work with the Career Development Center to update your résumé, create cover letters and develop a realistic job search plan organized around deadlines for career fairs, companies' on-campus information sessions and interviewing dates, and a schedule of off-campus interviewing.
  • Meet with your faculty advisor to make sure that you are on track to graduate.
  • Research and get to know any company you are interviewing with and practice for the interview.
  • Meet with those who have agreed to serve as your references, and make sure that they know what positions you are applying for.
  • Give them a copy of your résumé and discuss what you feel are your particular strengths and accomplishments for each position.
  • Attend class and stay on top of your assignments—maintain or improve your GPA.
  • Continue your activities in an undergraduate business student club.
  • Make sure that the St. Thomas Alumni Association has your current address. Check in with us from time to time—we are proud of you and look forward to following your career!

Transfer Students: Getting Integrated Fast

  • If you are transferring 40 credits or more, you will be working with Academic Counseling to schedule your courses.
  • Go over your degree audit to make sure that all of your previous coursework has been transferred and applied to your program here, and get started on developing your academic plan.
  • When you have completed 48 credits, you will be able to officially declare your major. Stop in 128 McNeely Hall to file your major field card. You will be assigned a business faculty member as your professional advising mentor who can discuss courses and careers within your major.
  • Meet with your faculty advisor at least once a semester. Bring a copy of your degree audit as well as your academic plan, and be prepared to discuss thoughts on potential careers.
  • Attend class and keep up with your assignments. If you have any difficulty, check out the resources available to help you.
  • Get acquainted with the Career Development Center. They offer a wide variety of help for you as you explore potential careers, update your résumé, and find out about internship opportunities and full-time positions.
  • Get to know your classmates by joining an undergraduate business student club related to your major. In addition to meeting people, these organizations give you an opportunity to take a leadership role and build your network.

If you find yourself having personal or academic difficulty, or if you simply want to improve your classroom performance, there are resources to help. Also, most faculty are more than willing to meet outside of class to help improve your performance, or just dive deeper into the material.

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