Advice for Students Beyond First Year

 September/October 2018

Advice for students beyond first year provides bi-monthly academic information and resources for students who have completed their first year.

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

Like us on Facebook /munadvice
Follow us on Twitter /MUNadvice
Download the GUIDE app

Your Academic Advisor

If you are not yet decided about or declared in a program, you have your own academic advisor who you can consult in the Academic Advising Centre. In fact, your advisor is probably already reaching out to you via your email.

The Academic Advising Centre provides academic advice and resources to any student who is:

  • as of yet undeclared in a program
  • unsure of what degree program to study
  • applied or intending to apply to a program but not yet accepted
  • unsure of application process and/or course requirements for intended program
  • considering several programs and not yet decided on a direction

If you have any questions about programs or course selection, you can make an appointment with your Academic Advisor through your GUIDE app or drop by the Academic Advising Centre in SN-4053.

Register for Appropriate Courses

The University Calendar is the authority on the requirements and regulations for all programs. Review the information for the program or programs you are interested in to ensure that you meeting requirements and are taking the correct courses for the possible paths you are considering. Remember, you can add or drop courses in those first two weeks of classes if necessary. The last day to add a course for Fall 2018 is September 19th.

If you have any questions about selecting courses for this term, make an appointment with your Academic Advisor immediately through the GUIDE App while you can still make changes. 

Exploring Options

Many students do not know what they want to study when they arrive at university. This can be difficult and stressful, especially if you feel like some of your classmates know exactly what they want to do. If you are unsure what you would like to study, it is worth taking the time to try a variety of courses in different subjects to discover what you enjoy and what is not of interest to you.

Be honest about what you are not interested in; this will help you cross off programs that are unlikely to be a good fit for you. Eliminating programs that do not interest you will help you get closer to finding something that is a good fit for you.

Finding a subject that interests you and that you enjoy is an important step to finding motivation to do well in your studies.

To discuss options, it is a good idea to meet with an academic advisor. Use your GUIDE App to make an appointment.

Important Dates for Fall 2018

The University Diary lists all relevant dates for the academic year. Below is a list of some important dates for this semester.

  • Sept. 5 - Lectures begin.
  • Sept. 19 - Last day to add a course or drop a course with 100% refund of tuition fees
  • Sept. 26 - Last day to drop a course with 50% refund of tuition fees
  • Oct. 3 - Last day to drop a course with 25% refund of tuition fees
  • Oct. 8 & 9 - No lectures. Fall semester break.
  • Oct. 10 - Lectures resume and follow the Monday schedule today.
  • Oct. 11 - Lectures follow the Tuesday schedule today.
  • Oct. 31 - Last day to drop a course without academic prejudice.
  • Nov. 12 - Remembrance Day holiday. No lectures.
  • Nov. 16 - Lectures follow the Monday schedule today.
  • Nov. 30 - Last day of classes for the term.
  • Dec. 5 - Exams begin.
  • Dec. 14 - Exams end.
  • Dec. 19 - Final grades released via Self Service at 5pm.

Declaring a Major or Minor

If you have already decided on a program with a major or a minor, you may be able to declare it immediately. Different programs have different processes.

For most majors in Bachelor of Arts programs, you may only have to send an email to declare it. For most majors in Bachelor of Science, you may need the signature of the department head. To see more details on the benefits of declaring and how to declare a major, go to Declaring a Major or Minor.

Wellness and Academic Expo

Date: Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
Location: University Centre 3rd Floor, Memorial University
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Wellness and Academic Expo highlights the various health and wellness-based resources as well as academic supports that exist on campus and in our community. Representatives from faculties and schools will also be present to provide information about programs available at Memorial.

This is one of the many events happening during Welcome Week 2018

Information Sessions - Fall 2018

Program information sessions are usually scheduled for lunch times on  Wednesdays throughout the term. Students are welcome to attend any of the following information sessions:

  • Sept. 12 - Engineering
  • Sept. 19 - Pharmacy
  • Sept. 26 - Business
  • Oct. 3 - Nursing
  • Oct. 17 - Education
  • Oct. 24 - Human Kinetics and Recreation
  • Oct. 31 - Humanities and Social Sciences

For a full list of information sessions for this term, check the Information Sessions Schedule.

Career and Graduate School Fair

Date: September 26, 2018
Location: Field House, Memorial University
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Career and Graduate School Fair is a great place for students to explore potential careers and learn about the kinds of education and qualities that recruiters are looking for.

If you are unsure what you want to study, visiting the fair might give you some ideas about careers you might be interested in and what educational path might help you land that job.

Visit Student Life Career and Graduate School Fair for more information and a list of exhibitors.

Contact Information:

Academic Advising Centre
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