New and Returning Students

All new and returning students (see definitions below) must meet with a member of the Academic Advising team before registering for their first semester of classes. Read below for information!

NEW Students:
Incoming freshman and transfer students who are enrolling at Southern for the first time. This also includes former Southern students who took 12 or more credits at another instution and are returning to Southern.

Former Southern students who have taken time away, voluntary or mandatory, and are returning to the University as matriculated students. This does not include former Southern students who took 12 or more credits at another instution and are returning to Southern. They would be considered NEW transfer students. 

All new first-year students are required to attend an Academic Advising meeting and a New Student Orientation session. During your Academic Advising meeting, you will meet one-on-one with an advisor to discuss your major interests, courses for your first semester, and other academic information. At the end of this meeting, you and the advisor will build your first-semester schedule. Please click here to complete your next steps of your Southern journey!


All new transfer students are required to schedule an advising appointment where they will receive a registration PIN.

Once transfer students pay their admission deposit or confirm their enrollment, they will receive a link to the "Spring 2023 Transfer Student – Next Steps". The appointment system is available in Next Steps and will open on October 10, 2022 for the Spring 2023 semester.

Transfer students are encouraged to schedule an advising appointment as soon as possible to take advantage of priority course registration and course availability. Transfer students who wait until January to act will have less appointment and course availability.

Students transferring from a foreign university should come prepared with course syllabi and descriptions and are encouraged to enroll even earlier as there is a multi-tiered credit evaluation process that must be complete to be advised appropriately.


New transfer student advising appointments will cover the following:

· Discuss how credits transferred and what requirements remain

· Review a pathway toward graduation

· Learn about important University resources

· Registration for first semester classes


Spring 2023 priority course registration opens on November 1, 2022 and is based on class standing.  You can check registration dates and times on the Registration website.  

If you have questions or encounter any problems trying to schedule your transfer advising appointment, please contact us at

All returning matriculated students must meet with an Advising Specialist before scheduling courses for their first semester back. 

Before scheduling your advising meeting, you must be readmitted to the University. To apply for readmission, you must submit the Readmission Application no later than 1 week prior to the start of the semester. Once you are officially readmitted, please follow the steps below to schedule your readmitted student advising meeting.

If you experience any issues when tring to schedule your advising meeting, please email

Scheduling a Readmitted Student Advising Meeting:

  1. Click the "Readmitted Student Advising Meeting" button below
  2. Under "What type of appointment would you like to schedule?", select "Academic Advising & Faculty Office Hours".
  3. Under "What support or service would you like to schedule?", select "Readmitted Student Advising".
  4. Follow the remaining prompts in the system.

Current Students: Readmitted Student Advising Meeting