Freshman Advising and Retention
Austin Peay now requires all students without a declared major to select Academic Focus (Pathways) as their major (previously called Undeclared). Our expertise is focused on the General Education Core requirements and working with students to identify potential majors during their freshmen year. Once a student has earned 30 credit hours, they will need to declare their major to a Bachelor's degree or change their major to the Associates of Science in Liberal Arts.
Unlike an academic department, you will not be assigned a specific advisor, but will be assigned to the office and meet with the first available advisor or the advisor of your choice in the department. Each semester a professional advisor will meet with you to address possible majors, degree requirements, and courses for the coming semester. However, do not hesitate to contact our center anytime an issue arises.
Advising appointments are required during pre-registration periods, and strongly encouraged at all times. You should call at least a week in advance to schedule your appointment. Appointments may be made by calling us at (931) 221-6643 or stopping by the office at 201 Miller.
The Academic Focus has eight concentrations to select from and every student in the major must select a concentration. Each of the eight concentrations are designed to guide students toward completing requirements in their possible intended major in a timely manner and keep them on track to graduate. Each of the Academic Focus concentrations are based on having no enhanced requirements. Students with enhanced requirements will have the concentrations modified as needed to comply with prerequisites.
This is only for scheduling advising appointments in the following areas:
- Academic Focus (Pathways)
- Liberal Arts (with No Declared Academic Interest)
- Interest in the College of Arts and Letters
- Interest in the College of Behavioral Health Sciences
- Interest in the College of Science and Mathematics
To schedule an appointment for one of these areas; please click the red button below that says, "Click! to SCHEDULE." Select the appropriate area for the assistance you need from the drop down menu. Then you may select the day and time for your appointment.
If you have a declared major in another department, program, or have a declared Academic Interest (for Liberal Arts majors), then you should contact that department or program directly. For their contact information, please use the A-Z Index.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a major. One factor depends on your understanding of the different careers. Below, you will find links to two websites that provide significant information regarding many occupations.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: A publication from the United States Department of Labor that provides information on a variety of career fields.
O*Net Online: Similar to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Select "Skills Search" for a quick career assessment based on your acquired skills.
The purpose of Promoting Academic Student Success (PASS 0900) is to assist students who have been placed on academic probation during their freshmen year or sophomore year or who are returning from academic suspension. Participation in the PASS course is mandatory for freshmen and sophomores on probation and students who successfully appeal an academic suspension.
During Govs R.O.W., you will take part in academic advising and work with our R.O.W. Team to register for classes. Govs R.O.W. is mandatory for all incoming first time freshman to attend in person. Transfer students(with more than 12 credit hours coming into APSU) have the option to do an Online Orienation. You'll walk away from Govs R.O.W. with valuable information on how to navigate the upcoming semester, your student I.D., and a free APSU shirt! Click here for more information.