New and Readmitted 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.  Or, a returning student who left Southern, earned credits at another institution, and is transferring back to University.

If you are a new first-year student (freshman) and would like to change your major, we encourage you to first speak with a member of the Academic Advising Team so that you can make a well-informed decision and discuss any potential schedule changes. You can schedule a meeting with an Advising Specialist in the Academic Advising Center (AAC) associated with your major or area of interest. 



First-year students (freshmen) in their first semester are REQUIRED to connect with an advisor to add/drop a course(s). You can do so by scheduling a Same-Day Advising Meeting (be sure to read all instructions).

IMPORTANT: The last day to add/drop is Tuesday, January 23, 2024.



FALL 2024

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 "Fall 2024 Transfer Student – Next Steps". The appointment system is available in Next Steps and will be open until August 21 for the Fall 2024 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.


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