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First Year CLAS Advising

The First Year CLAS Advising course is a brief, non-graded course on Canvas designed to help students make a smooth transition into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This course will provide students with information on how to see an advisor, how to understand their academic record, and how to create a plan for their first year. Additionally, it is full of resources to support academic success, to understand policies, and to learn about services offered on campus. This course is not meant to replace advising, instead serving as a supplement to answer some common questions students may have, so students can avoid waiting to see an advisor if they have a simple question or, when they do want to meet with an advisor, they can get more out of conversations with advisors. While this Canvas course is non-graded, we strongly encourage all students to complete it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Am I Enrolled in this Course?

All first time in college students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) who started in Summer B 2019 or later are automatically enrolled in this course.

How Do I Enroll?

If you have recently changed into a CLAS major, and are a first year student at UF, you will be automatically enrolled in 7-10 business days. If you’d like to be added now, you can email

How Can I Be Removed From This Course?

If you are no longer pursuing a CLAS major, and would like to be removed from this course, please email

Am I Required to Complete This Course?

While we highly recommend that you complete this course, it is not required.

What are the benefits of participating in this course? In it, you’ll learn:

  • How academic advising functions in CLAS.
  • How to navigate the Academic Advising Center’s website to access information that might spare you a trip to the office.
  • How to interpret your degree audit and academic record to become better informed about your academic requirements and develop confidence in your academic decision-making.
  • About resources on campus that you might not even know exist.
  • How to build a foundation for making the most of your time at UF.
  • Tips to avoid long wait times in the AAC and get the most out of your meetings with advisors.

If you have any questions, please contact