Academic Counseling Loves Your Student(s)!

February is fast approaching and so is the spring 2020 semester.  Below are a few updates to share with your students.

Important upcoming dates and deadlines:

  • Monday, February 3 is the first day of spring semester.
  • Friday, February 7 is the last day to add a class without instructor permission.
  • Friday, February 14 is not only Valentine’s Day, but it is also the last day to add or drop a class without notation on student transcripts.

Throughout the month of February, encourage your student(s) to reconnect with their faculty advisor.  It is a great way to stay on track and build a valuable relationship.

  • Is your student waitlisted for a spring semester class?  Have them diligently keep an eye on their email.  If a seat becomes available, they will be contacted via their St. Thomas email account and will then have only 24 hours to add the course in Murphy.
  • Are spring classes about to begin and your student is still waitlisted?  Your student will have received an explanatory email about one week prior to the start of spring term outlining the best course of action for them.  Action does need to be taken, so your student should keep checking their St. Thomas email regularly.

For students who have not yet completed a credit-bearing math course: The Center for Student Achievement is here to help. Arden Ashley-Wurtmann is our Math Placement Tutor and she provides 1:1 support to students who are preparing for the Math Placement Exam (ALEKS) or are working on a prerequisite math course (MATH 005 and/or 006). In addition to meeting with students in MHC 108, she also can meet with students virtually via Zoom if they are unable to come to campus. Your student(s) can check availability and schedule their own appointments online by sending an email to for their own, personalized, scheduling link. For more information about tutor resources at St Thomas, encourage your student to visit the Center for Student Achievement website

Remind your student to create a four-year graduation plan. The office of Academic Counseling can help your student with the decision-making process related to selecting an academic major and creating a timely graduation plan. Students should call 651-962-6300 to schedule an appointment with an academic counselor. As a reminder, four-year planning appointments usually take about one hour. Please note: It is quite common for the plan to change several times as your student(s) discover new opportunities and learn new things about themselves. Academic counselors will be most available for four-year planning after February 14, 2020.

Start the semester with strong study habits. If your student would benefit from some helpful study tips, direct them to the Academic Counseling website. Tips include: