FAQs

Academic Advising Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who should make an appointment with the College's Student Resource Center (SRC)?
  2. What kind of advising does the SRC offer?
  3. What is the SRC late/no-show policy for appointments?
  4. Why are your policies more stringent than University policies when it comes to withdrawing, late-adding, etc?
  5. How do I properly submit a petition?
  6. What do I need to do if I’m on probation?
  7. I’m undeclared with an interest in Nursing. Can I talk to someone about my application and the prerequisites?
  8. How do I change my major?

Who should make an appointment with the College's Student Resource Center (SRC)?
IIf you are already a major in the College of Health & Social Sciences or interested in majoring in one of the College's majors, you can make an appointment with the SRC. If you are in a major outside of our college, please go to your respective college advising center or the Undergraduate Advising Center.


What kind of advising does the SRC offer?
The SRC offers advising on academic planning, transition support for students beyond their first-year at SFSU and transfers, impacted major consultation, academic probation advising, general life/support counseling, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check and resume/cover letter help.


What is the SRC late/no-show policy for appointments?
Late Policy: Students that are 10+ minutes late for their appointment will not be seen and will need to reschedule their appointment.
Cancellation and No-Show Policy: Cancellations must be made prior to your appointment time. If you do not show up for your appointment twice in a row you must be cleared by the Director of the SRC before you are allowed to meet with any SRC advisor.
If you would like to cancel your appointment, please email srcenter@sfsu.edu


Why are your policies more stringent than University policies when it comes to withdrawing, late-adding, etc?
As a college, we reserve the right to institute stricter policies. We look at the larger picture of how late-adding, repeating a class for a third time, and taking more than 19 units (13 units for students on probation) will impact both the College and the student in the long term. Because of the potential negative impact of some of these requests, it is important that we carefully scrutinize all petitions before approving or denying them. We want students to be successful which is why we may request for more supporting documentation if your request does not meet University or College criteria.


How do I properly submit a petition?
Please fill out the petition completely with your name, contact number, email, course, schedule number and justification as to why you are petitioning. Before you turn in your petition to our office, you must have the following: approval/denial from the instructor, approval/denial from the chair, and your supporting documentation attached if applicable. If any of the above are missing, we will contact you via email for more information.


What do I need to do if I’m on probation?
Please carefully read the email sent to you by the Registrar’s Office. The CHSS Student Resource Center will also send you an email with additional resources. For more infomation on academic probation please visit the advising hub here.


I’m Pre-Nursing. Can I talk to someone about my application and the prerequisites?
Unfortunately, we do not advise on any applications. The best suggestion we can offer is to carefully review the Nursing website. There you can find a FAQ section as well as the Nursing application itself which specifically outlines what you need to do to be a strong candidate. General guidelines: high GPA (3.5 or above in pre-reqs) is most desirable, along with clinical experience and other supplemental criteria (e.g. diversity criteria, speaking a second language).


How do I change my major?
The change of major process has now moved online. Please visit the Registrar's Office website for details. There are different rules for students who want to add a second major or have more than 96 units.