Advice for First Year Students

ADVICE is a newsletter for first-year students. This is the October/November edition.

The Academic Advising Centre is here to provide academic guidance to help you make the most of your experience at Memorial. One of the ways we do that is through regular monthly newsletters providing all first-year students current information about academic issues and resources. 

To stay up to date with important academic information, you can also...


Wednesday, October 3Last day to drop courses and receive a 25% refund of tuition fees. No tuition fees will be refunded for courses dropped after this date.
Monday & Tuesday,
October 8 & 9
No lectures. Fall Semester Break.
Wednesday, October 10Lectures resume.
Thursday, October 11Lectures follow the Tuesday schedule on this day only.
Wednesday, October 31Last day for students to drop fall semester courses without academic prejudice.

This is a summary of some important dates for October. As always, consult with the University Diary for a full list of relevant dates. You may also wish to refer to the Office of the Registrar's Relevant Dates section with information about registration dates and times.


To find out more about degree programs and their requirements, go to one of the faculty and school information sessions hosted by the Academic Advising Centre.

Information sessions are scheduled for Wednesdays at 1:00-1:50pm in the Science Building in Room SN 4083:

Oct. 3Nursing
Oct. 17Education
Oct. 24Human Kinetics & Recreation
Oct. 31Humanities & Social Sciences
Nov. 7Social Work
Nov. 14Occupational Therapy
Nov. 21Physiotherapy
Nov. 28Science


The short answer is yes! The Academic Advising Centre is a place where students can get academic advice on course selection, program regulations, requirements for admission to specific degree programs, drop/add deadlines and procedures, and other academic issues.

The Academic Advising Centre has a special responsibility to students who are:

  • entering Memorial for the first time and are in their first year
  • undecided about their academic goals and/or program
  • uncertain about course selection
  • completing a Bachelor of Arts or Science but who have not declared a major and/or minor
  • not yet accepted into their chosen school or faculty
  • thinking about making changes to their academic program, faculty or major
  • readmitted with an academic warning
  • returning to their studies after a required withdrawal.

If you have not yet met with an advisor and would like to speak with one, please drop by our office in the Science Building, Room SN 4053, or book an appointment.


All students are assigned an advisor who can help you adjust to your studies at Memorial and answer some of your questions about academic life.

Students who have been admitted into their chosen Faculty or School should meet with the undergraduate advisor for their program to discuss course selection and program requirements. Students with a declared major in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree program are encouraged to meet with their program advisor or the senior advisor for the Faculty or School. Students who have not yet chosen a program, or declared a major program for their BA or B.Sc., are normally assigned an advisor at the Academic Advising Centre.

Your advisor can serve as a great support and source of information for you. Even if you have a question that they are unable to answer, they can direct you to the appropriate person or place.

Students who are unsure of who to contact for academic advice are encouraged to contact the Academic Advising Centre for assistance.


The Academic Integrity course is mandatory for first-year, full-time undergraduate students. The course is designed to provide information about academic integrity and the important role it plays at Memorial.

All students required to take the course were automatically registered in July. The course is online and can be accessed in D2L using your login. You were able to access Integrity 100A as soon as you registered for courses. The course has to be successfully completed before you receive your assigned registration time for the Winter term. Information about your assigned registration time for the Winter term is sent to your email and should be available by the middle of October. Once information about your registration time has been made available, you will still have approximately six weeks to complete the course before registration begins.

Many students have already successfully completed the course. That’s great! If you haven’t, note that you can start and complete it now.
Here's a link to more information about the course:

If you have questions about the course, please contact Kate Shore, Coordinator, Academic Integrity at:


Help is never far away at Memorial, especially if you're a first-year student. There are many help centres on the St. John's campus to assist you with your studies, staffed by senior students who have experience with that subject. If you are having difficulty with a particular topic, question or assignment in one of your courses, see if there is a help centre to assist you.

Keep in mind - the staff at the help centre will not complete the work for you. Make an attempt at solving the problems yourself, and then bring your work to the centre so you can get the help you need to understand the material or complete the assignment.

The following departments offer students assistance through help centres:


Science Building, Room SN 4053
Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:15pm
(709) 864-8801


Academic Advising Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000